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…

Understanding how deadly zoonotic viruses like AIDS or Zika jump from animals to humans can prevent future outbreaks.   Through painstaking surveillance helped by a $10 million DARPA grant, researchers pinpointed “spillovers” of Nipah virus from bats to humans in Bangladesh…

The federal government has shut down USAID’s Predict surveillance program that sought out threatening animal viruses that could leap to human populations. In its 10 years of existence, Predict cost $207 million and collected 140,000 samples from animals and discovered more…

Some researchers are ready to declare a consensus on what is causing acute flaccid myelitis, the mysterious polio-like illness that has affected more than 500 children in the US. After searching 42 patients’ spinal fluid for thousands of viruses, researchers found that 69…

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…