It’s the global health world’s ultimate goal: disease elimination. After the eradication of smallpox in 1979, the global health community set its sights on several other deadly diseases, including polio, TB, and malaria. Comprehensively beating diseases like these is a…

Coronavirus cases hit 6,000 this a.m.

Uganda is warning all travelers that they must be vaccinated against Yellow Fever after an outbreak infected 4 people in Moyo and Buliisa districts—3 of them have died.   After facing 4 outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease, Uganda qualifies to make the Yellow Fever…

The coronavirus outbreak is putting China’s chronically overloaded health care system under enormous strain, The New York Times reports. 8 hospitals in Hubei province (which includes Wuhan) issued urgent appeals last week for medical equipment. Some medical staff “have…

Chinese health officials are now warning that the fast-spreading coronavirus could be contagious before symptoms arise, adding to concern that quarantines won’t stop the spread, according to The Washington Post.  

Despite surging case numbers, the coronavirus outbreak is not yet an international health emergency, WHO announced yesterday, STAT reports.   “Make no mistake: This is an emergency in China,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “But it has not yet become a global…

Chinese authorities have locked down Wuhan and 2 other cities that are home to 18 million people and the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports. The unprecedented quarantine nixes residents' travel plans for the Lunar New Year holiday, which leads to an estimated…

After 3 decades of research, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi are piloting the first malaria vaccine in babies.   The vaccine is only about 40% effective, but Mosquirix is being given a shot anyway amid rising resistance to treatment and stalling progress against the disease.  …

2 people in China have now died from the new coronavirus that has sickened dozens in Wuhan as well as 2 in Thailand and 1 in Japan, AP reports.   The latest death was a 69-year-old man with myriad medical conditions including organ impairment and abnormal renal function—but…

It’s been a decade since WHO endorsed a 19-item surgical checklist covering everything from patient identity to ensuring anesthetics are on hand.      Research has shown the checklist reduces major complications by 60%. Yet adherence is inconsistent.   Wealthy countries use…