A case of Ebola has been confirmed near the South Sudan/Democratic Republic of the Congo border after a 40-year-old woman exposed to the virus defied warnings not to travel, AP reports.   This is the closest the DRC’s outbreak has come to South Sudan. The outbreak has…

Phages—viruses that infect bacteria—are apparently quite sociable. Once thought to passively acquire bacterial distress signals, phages actually communicate with each other by releasing a tiny protein when infecting cells. Messages get “louder” as more cells are infected,…

An outbreak of suspected viral encephalitis has killed 90+ children in India’s Bihar state, BBC reports, though some deaths have also been blamed on hypoglycemia.

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…

Ebola survivors in Liberia show a higher burden of certain health problems than a control group, according to an ongoing study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that has tracked people for 5 years.  

“Antimicrobial resistance is a more immediate threat to human health than climate change,” writes epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee, and it’s worsening with overuse of antibiotics and a lack of alternatives.   Phage therapy—using bacteriophages, or viruses that only attack…

When researchers resurrected the extinct horsepox virus, critics charged they gave away the plans on reconstructing a cousin of smallpox, which killed hundreds of millions.

Researchers have posited another benefit of reducing obesity rates: limiting the toll of viral infectious diseases. According to a study of Nicaraguan households spanning 3 flu seasons, the influenza A virus sheds longer in obese people because of chronic inflammation…

Global warming is allowing an array of forgotten pathogens to emerge from the thawing permafrost—and possibly reinfect humans.   Organic matter like dead animals, moss and plants, long preserved in ice, are now thawing, rotting, and releasing gases that not only spur global…

Each species of bat could unleash 17 zoonotic infections—those that jump from animals to humans—while every species of primate and rodent could launch 10, according to predictions of a new study by EcoHealth Alliance published in Nature.