South Sudan’s mystery hemorrhagic disease that has killed at least 10 people continues to puzzle researchers. Some of the 33 blood samples that were shipped to WHO labs Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa have turned up positive for diseases like onyong-nyong, chikungunya,…

The symptoms—bleeding, fever, fatigue, headaches, vomiting—look like Ebola, but that virus has been ruled out as the cause of a hemorrhagic fever that has killed 10 and afflicted at least 51 in South Sudan. 33 of the cases tested all came back negative for Ebola, and the…

Canadian authorities are trying to figure out the cause of a severe rash that has afflicted 16 children in a northern Ontario First Nation, leading to their evacuation. The children, who developed open sores and blisters, are from Kashechewan, which had contaminated water…

Officials are puzzling over an outbreak of Elizbethkingia, a rare bacterial infection of the bloodstream with a royal-sounding name, spreading across Wisconsin. So far, a dozen counties in the state have reported 48 cases and 15 deaths. Only the elderly with a history of…

Virologists in India have traced outbreaks of a fatal brain sickness in children to a toxin in lychee fruit, Methylene cyclopropyl-glycine (MCPG). An investigation by Christian Medical College Vellore into the deaths in Bihar state found that during the May and June lychee…

It started in the spring of 2010. A 61-year-old in the Kazakh village of Krasnagorsk, collapsed. She slept for 4 days and remembered nothing when she awoke. Since that first case, waves of residents have experienced the same scenario and received the same diagnosis:…

A strange disease outbreak in Nigeria has possibly killed 28 in the past 3 days in Nigeria’s Ondo State, according to residents. The disease spreads rapidly, causes blindness and loss of consciousness, and kills its victims within 24 hours, residents report. The cause of…

Homeless men in Chicago say that Puerto Rico’s municipal government and police arranged one-way tickets for them to receive heroin addiction treatment in the US. Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, editor of the bilingual newspaper The Gate, heard this story over and over. She…

A chief of the Ker Kwaro Acholi cultural institution in Uganda pressed the government to release its findings on Nodding Syndrome, a mysterious and disabling condition that attacked hundreds of children in Northern Uganda. Calling the delay in releasing the findings…

Scientists now believe a mutated strain of enterovirus D68 that’s more polio-like than other strains in recent years may be responsible for the paralysis of US children following last fall’s nationwide outbreak. Researchers sequenced the genes of a virus found in…