Yesterday the FDA greenlit a hugely promising drug for a form of TB that has long been a death sentence, The New York Times reports.   Pretomanid is part of a 3-drug regimen that proved 90% effective against extensively drug-resistant TB, according to preliminary trial…

From January to June of this year, the world reported 364,808 measles cases—more than any year since 2006, the WHO reports.Key Findings:

2 new Ebola drugs boast a 90% survival rate when administered shortly after infection, according to an unprecedented clinical trial in the DRC, reports Amy Maxmen in Nature.   Tested in Ebola hotspots, the drugs REGN-EB3 and mAB114 outperformed ZMapp—which had shown promise…

In 2014, a strange new illness emerged in the US. Kids woke up healthy but could be paralyzed by nightfall. While some were permanently disabled, others—even in the same family—barely got a fever. Acute flaccid myelitis, like polio decades before, seemed to strike at random…

In the long battle against HIV, elite controllers have been held in awe.  They’re people who are HIV positive but maintain undetectable viral loads—they keep HIV in check without meds.  Researchers have tried and failed to engineer immune cells that would recognize and…

3 Congolese doctors have been arrested for planning attacks on Ebola treatment centers in DRC, including the attack that killed Cameroonian epidemiologist Richard Mouzoko in April in Butembo.   A prosecutor said that militiamen involved in the attacks pointed their fingers—…

Malaria has claimed more than 1,800 lives in Burundi so far this year—roughly the same toll as the yearlong Ebola outbreak in the DRC that has captured global attention.   Cases of malaria have nearly doubled in Burundi this year to 5.7 million, according to a recent UN…

Authorities fighting Ebola are expressing cautious optimism on containing Goma’s outbreak—but steep challenges remain.    By today, all but 5 of 800 contacts of the city’s 3 cases were vaccinated; no additional cases have emerged.   Still, health workers face some suspicion…

A dozen countries across Africa and the Americas are experiencing an alarming uptick in resistance to 2 crucial HIV drugs: efavirenz and nevirapine, according to a WHO report that suggests countries switch to the drug dolutegravir, which is less prone to resistance.

Poor conditions at US border facilities increase the risk of spreading infectious diseases like the flu, physicians warned this morning in a letter urging Congress to investigate the deaths of 6 children in US custody. Noting that flu played a role in at least 3 deaths,…