An experimental antimalarial drug that could treat patients with a single $1 dose is set to go into clinical trials within the next year. Called DDD107498, the new compound targets part of the machinery that makes proteins within the parasite, which means it should be…

Come monsoon season, survivors of Nepal’s earthquake—especially pregnant women—face a "very high" risk of a hepatitis E outbreak, infectious disease experts warn in a new Lancet article.

The virulence of Ebola strains appears to be linked to the degree of protein disorder in the nucleocapsid—the shell around the virus’s genetic material. Computational analysis revealed that more disorder correlates with more lethal strains, according to the first study of…

South Korea’s MERS outbreak is a “wake-up call,” the WHO stated, but does not constitute a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” thanks to efforts to contain the illness. The country, meanwhile, reported its 20th fatality and 8 new cases,…

How did Senegal stop Ebola in its tracks? The country quickly identified and tested 74 close contacts of its first Ebola patient and monitored them for 21 days, writes Philippe Guinot, PATH’s country program leader for Senegal. PATH worked with the Ministry of Health to…

Each TV news report about Ebola in the US likely inspired tens of thousands of tweets and Internet searches—even though there were only 4 confirmed cases in the country by the end of October 2014. Researchers from Arizona State University used a mathematical model of…

Now that the hospital-driven outbreak of MERS-CoV in South Korea has simmered down, Australian virologist Ian Mackay turns a critical eye on the health system’s poor management of the virus. Not-so-new lessons learned include the fact that MERS-CoV doesn't spread…

With just 4 new MERS cases in South Korea announced today, officials expressed hope the outbreak could have peaked. MERS has killed 11 and infected 126 in the country since an infected businessman returned from the Middle East a few weeks ago and visited several health…

In a setback for efforts to stomp out Ebola in West Africa, cases spiked in 2 countries in the first week of June. The WHO reported 16 new cases in Guinea and 15 in Sierra Leone during that period. Ebola patients who escape quarantined homes to seek treatment from…

While much of the western world reports a growing sense of optimism over declining new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, Isabel Larroca describes a very different story in the Middle East and North Africa. 25,000 people became infected and 15,000 died an AIDS-related…