In Hawaii, beginning in the 1860s, at least 8,000 people with leprosy (now called Hansen’s Disease) were forcibly removed from their families and resettled on an isolated peninsula, which became known as Kalaupapa. A story in The Atlantic explores the past and future of…

Antibodies cloned from the blood of an Ebola survivor could lead to a new anti-Ebola drug, according to XBiotech, an Austin-based biotechnology firm. XBiotech claims that it has succeeded in isolating and cloning antibodies from a blood sample from US Ebola survivor Amber…

By Derek Yach, Victoria Gibbon and Victor Fredlund Found in the Maputuland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, it is named after the Mseleni Mission Station. MJD has only been found in patients from a Bantu-speaking background who are mainly of the Zulu culture…

The MERS case count climbed to 5 in South Korea, and Saudi Arabia reported 4 new cases in 4 days.

The aftermath of the Ebola crisis has given rise to a refreshingly candid assessment of WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO). AFRO has “a record and reputation for failure second to none in global health today,” observes The Lancet Editor Richard Horton who recently…

By expanding HIV testing and treatment among gays in Bangkok—where about 1 in 3 men who have sex with men are infected—Thailand could prevent more than 5,000 HIV-related deaths over the next 10 years, according to a Lancet study.

When $3.3 billion has been hurled at Ebola, why were hundreds, if not thousands, of frontline health workers sorely underpaid? That’s the question science journalist Amy Maxmen investigated in Sierra Leone. The problem is twofold, she explains in this thorough and moving…

UNHCR and local authorities are fighting to contain the spread of a severe watery diarrhea outbreak that has killed 7 since Wednesday among Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Over 400 people are being treated in several different parts of the country, and officials fear the…

A 7-hour journey to stock up on meds, when 8 family members are sick? This is the kind of daunting challenge that impoverished families face trying to battle TB in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific region’s worst-affected country. With about 30,000 new infections each year,…

Haiti’s cholera epidemic is still a humanitarian emergency that needs attention, even though all cameras are on Nepal, says Pedro Medrano Rojas, the UN’s senior coordinator for the cholera response in Haiti. The epidemic has caused 9,000 deaths and affected more than 735,…