Police and security forces should be viewed as allies—not intruders—in public health, argues a Lancet special series on Security and Health that went live yesterday.

Security problems plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola response have been well documented, but Miriam Shuchman details some of the less-covered logistical challenges undermining the fight.   Linking cases to a known chain of transmission has proved to be a…

In a new report, the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health offers 20 top recommendations for getting ahead of future outbreaks in Yemen and similarly complex humanitarian settings.

Dirty socks donated by Gambian children tested for malaria and springer spaniels in England added up to an advance in the quest for noninvasive malaria tests.   Steven Lindsay, a Durham University public health entomologist, put the socks to the sniff test by trained dogs,…

Top CDC Ebola experts were pulled from the DRC’s outbreak zone amid security concerns several weeks ago, raising questions about the overall outbreak response. While the early deployment of an experimental vaccine showed promise in containing the outbreak quickly, ongoing…

Before it went on to take 50 million lives worldwide, Boston’s 1918 flu outbreak started with military personnel returning home to overcrowded barracks from the Great War. The city health commissioner William Creighton Woodward had seen flu outbreaks before, but not like…

WHO is urging countries to “urgently accelerate their response” to the global scourge of TB if the disease is to be eradicated by 2030, according to a new report that found some 40% of people with TB go undiagnosed.  

In 2006, wild pigs in a spinach field caused an E. coli outbreak linked to salad greens. The cause of this past spring’s outbreak, however—which sickened at least 200 people and killed 5—was harder to track down.

New research from Brazil has bolstered the link between Zika infection and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)—especially among older people.

The first Fungal Disease Awareness Week, sponsored by the US CDC, may not be big on festivities but it highlights an important issue.