Limited human-to-human transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus may have occurred within families, and WHO is now preparing for the possibility of a wider outbreak, Reuters reports

China’s mysterious pneumonia outbreak was triggered by a new coronavirus—the virus family behind a wide range of illnesses from the common cold to SARS, Chinese scientists announced yesterday amid an ongoing investigation,AP reports.   The 2002-2003 SARS outbreak that began…

The central Chinese city of Wuhan is investigating an outbreak of a “viral pneumonia of unknown origin,” according to the South China Morning Post.  

Fed up that pneumonia—curable and highly preventable—kills a child every 39 seconds, a collection of 6 health agencies issued a joint call for governments to act.   Last year, 800,000 children died from pneumonia. Yet despite causing 15% of deaths in children under 5, it…

Viruses are to blame for most of the severe childhood pneumonia cases in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet by a global consortium of scientists—highlighting the need for vaccines against these pathogens.  

A new global burden of pneumonia analysis shows some marked progress—pneumonia incidence in under-5s fell 30% from 2000-2015. The number of deaths among young children almost halved, and almost half of deaths occurred in just 5 countries. And a 187% jump in hospital…

In 2017, a child under age 15 died every 5 seconds, according to new UN estimates. The vast majority of these 6.3 million deaths were children under 5, most of them from preventable and treatable causes like pneumonia and malaria.

Lack of blood oxygen monitoring has helped make pneumonia a leading killer in children under 5—but a new-model oximeter could be a game-changer.Up to to 90% percent of child pneumonia deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, where oximeters—crucial to tracking…

India should overturn its August decision to grant Pfizer a patent on its pneumonia vaccine Prevnar13 (PCV13), Médecins Sans Frontières is arguing in a Delhi court today.

There is something that you and I both do 23,000 times each day. Breathe. Inhale life-sustaining oxygen, without which we’d only survive a handful of minutes. Breathing shouldn’t be a privilege. But it is. Around the world, pneumonia makes breathing impossible for too many…