Confirmed coronavirus cases shot up over the weekend to 17,205 as of this a.m.—a grim marker that spurred a growing resignation that the outbreak will likely become a pandemic, the New York Times reports.

Scientists reconstructed a 50,000-year-old gene sequence to find out how Plasmodium falciparum—one of the deadliest malaria parasites—jumped from gorillas to humans. How did it happen? A gene in the ancient sequence produced an “ancestral RH5 protein” that was…

It may come as a surprise, but rabies still kills 59,000 people every year. Hence the need for targeted efforts like World Rabies Day on Saturday.  

The scenario long feared by US health officials is happening in West Virginia: A cluster of HIV cases in a rural West Virginia county rocked by opioids.   Rural Cabell County, which has an unusually vigorous public health system, has reported 74 cases in the last year and a…

Trump’s bid to end HIV transmission in America by 2030 could miss the mark by focusing too narrowly on medical approaches, advocates warn.   Medicines like antiretrovirals and pre-exposure prophylaxis are needed and available, but many populations most in need are missing…

Progress against HIV has hit a sticking point among homeless people in the US who inject drugs, according to a new CDC study that uncovered a cluster of related cases in rural Washington state.   The 14 related HIV cases represent a wider trend King County trend of HIV…

Female genital schistosomiasisis is a neglected—but not uncommon—disease. The painful parasitic condition affects up to 10 million women and girls in Africa.   It’s also a cofactor for HIV/AIDS—responsible for up to a 3-4-fold increase in horizontal HIV transmission,…

Properly administered antiretroviral therapy effectively banishes the risk of transmitting HIV to others, but its power is limited when some 80% of new transmissions are linked to people who don't know they are HIV-positive or aren't getting treatment.

Even as HIV infections and new diagnoses are falling in the US, they are increasing among Latino gay and bisexual men under 30.   Black, gay and bisexual men have the highest risk of being infected with HIV, yet the second highest risk group—Latinos—are not benefitting from…

China’s success fighting NTDs may see some setbacks. A study identifies 9 NTDs in danger of reemergence because of the “Belt and Road Initiative,” launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013 to boost economic relations across Asia and Africa. Malaria, leishmaniasis, and…