"If Stephen King could write an infectious disease novel, he'd write it about prions," explained epidemiologist Michael Osterholm. Prions reside in everyone’s body, but when they take the wrong form they cause a chronic wasting disease in deer, moose and elk in the US,…

Drug-resistant bacteria are all over the news, but fungi are quickly—and quietly—threatening global health. Take Candida auris. More than 90% of C. auris infections have resistance to at least 1 drug, according to the CDC. From a Venezuelan neonatal unit to an…

Stalled for over 4 years, studies that modify bird flu viruses—which could make them riskier to humans—are set to recommence within weeks. Federal officials had deemed the experiments too dangerous to conduct. But last year, they were quietly green-lit and NIH funding is…

After decades of advancement in the fight against malaria, infection rates are sneaking back up again, according to the WHO’s most recent estimates.  

When he was training to be a doctor, Anoop Kumar’s medical textbooks did not mention anything about Nipah—but when a man walked into Kerala’s Baby Memorial Hospital last May with mysterious symptoms, his team soon realized they were dealing with something unusual.  

For more than a year, China has withheld samples of the H7N9 avian flu virus from the US, despite a WHO agreement to exchange specimens, the The New York Times reports.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is testing an emergency funding finance mechanism set up after West Africa’s 2013-2016 epidemic by the World Bank, Japan, and Germany.

A report published this week on emerging infectious disease threats “would be a home run” if it didn’t conflate pandemic and epidemic preparedness, writes CIDRAP Director Michael T. Osterholm.   Missing that important distinction, PATH’s Healthier World, Safer America…

Projects to discover and catalogue new viruses to try and predict the next pandemic are locked in a “Sisyphean exercise,” write Sydney-based virologists Jemma Geoghegan and Edward Holmes in a study published in Open Biology.  

The tragic consequences of the play-it-by-ear response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak has world leaders planning ahead.   The World Bank held its 4th pandemic simulation of the year at its annual meeting, reflecting increasing concern over the ever-faster, more aggressive…