In its first cholera outbreak since 2008, the disease is sweeping the town of Bida in Nigeria’s Niger state with 267 cases since June 3; 8 people have died. It’s part of a spate of infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, spurred by poor sanitation. Cholera has the…
In the past 3 decades, Uganda slashed its HIV infection rate from 15% to 6.5% and halved annual deaths. Now the country's infection rates are expected to rise. Why? “poor planning, lack of donor accountability and chronic budget gaps,” writes Katie G. Nelson.
Since her mother died of tuberculosis 3 years ago, Bernice Clarke has been lobbying the Canadian government to ramp up support for the TB crisis in the Nunavut territory. In her beloved Inuit homeland, Clarke’s children are 300 times more likely to contract TB than children…
Ebola deaths climbed to 33 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu outbreak, including 2 healthcare workers, WHO confirmed over the weekend. An additional 33 suspected cases have also been reported.
Recent guidance has highlighted the importance of combining effective contraception with antiretroviral treatment (ART) in women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Studies presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) last week highlighted gaps in…
A 9-month course of daily isoniazid has been the go-to drug for latent tuberculosis—but quite often it causes liver damage, a deterrent for many patients who aren’t sick, and will probably never be sick from the condition, writes Helen Branswell.
Ebola has re-emerged in a DRC conflict zone home to 1 million displaced people, just a week after an outbreak in the west of the country was declared over. The 2 outbreaks are not thought to be related.
Scientists led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health sequenced the first complete genome from Anopheles funestus, a species of mosquito known to be an understudied yet common vector of the malaria parasite in sub-Saharan Africa.
A team of Chinese researchers suspect that a foodborne parasitic disease that is carried by mollusks and can cause meningitis in humans may now be found in a new source: centipedes.
On Saturday, World Hepatitis Day highlighted the need for prevention, testing and treatment, and ushered in updated WHO guidelines for care and treatment of hepatitis C, the Lancet reported.