By Inon Schenker & Emma Brofsky “Poop” is not something we like to talk about publicly much less smell or see.

The wild poliovirus continues to grip on Afghanistan and Pakistan, while vaccine-derived polio still stalks Africa—dashing hopes for eradication in 2019.   Sobering up to the failure, the global response effort is now debating how to shake the impasse and counter hostile…

Australia has some of the world’s lowest HIV prevalence rates. What’s the secret? Affordable access to PrEP, universal health care and a robust response stretching back to the 1980s, reports Livia Albeck-Ripka.    1987 saw more than 2,400 diagnoses in Australia; in 2018…

Just 2 people are confirmed to have died from tick-borne Bourbon virus—but the mysterious illness has researchers doubling down to learn if the virus, and others like it, are spreading between humans under the radar.   Researchers found the Bourbon virus in the Lone Star…

The Ebola virus currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is notoriously elusive—especially for scientists wanting to study it. Samples from the DRC’s last 4 outbreaks have not been shared internationally. 

About a third of children exposed to the Zika virus in utero suffered from neurological problems, according to follow-up study published yesterday in Nature Medicine.  

The Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is “definitely a public health emergency,” the UK’s international development chief Rory Stewart told The Guardian. A declaration would make it easier to fill a $100 million funding gap, Stewart noted.  

A Chinese philanthropist and Chinese researchers have embraced a bold goal: Eliminating malaria from Kenya using mass drug administration. By giving antimalarials to every Kenyan, New South CEO Zhu Layi and team hope to eliminate Kenya’s human malaria reservoir—leading to…

In the poorest states in the US with the worst health outcomes, the Trump Administration’s plan to end HIV by 2030 could create new opportunities—particularly among African Americans most affected.  

In Malawi, it’s standard practice for women to sell fish caught by men and pay them later—but if the numbers don’t add up, transactional sex offers another form of payment, Marc Silver reports.   While “fish for sex” is common in sub-Saharan Africa, it also comes with heavy…