The scenario long feared by US health officials is happening in West Virginia: A cluster of HIV cases in a rural West Virginia county rocked by opioids.   Rural Cabell County, which has an unusually vigorous public health system, has reported 74 cases in the last year and a…

2019 has broken dengue outbreak records—the Philippines, Cambodia and Bangladesh are facing shortages of testing kits and hospital beds.   To get ahead of hard-to-predict dengue outbreaks, researchers at Bangkok’s Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit are deploying…

South African health officials are recommending that more pilot programs offer AZT and PrEP to mixed status couples—one partner is HIV positive and the other isn’t—who want to have children.   Research over the past several years has shown that with early and consistent use…

The 2015-2016 Zika outbreak had a “hidden” hotspot in Cuba, according to a new analysis that estimates that there were 5,707 unreported Zika cases in the country.   Of 155 cases that recorded by Florida officials and the European CDC, all but 1 had traveled through Cuba.    

Africa may soon be completely free of wild poliovirus after 3 years with no recorded cases.    Nigeria had remained a holdout. In 2006, cases surged following rumors questioning oral vaccine safety. In recent years, outbreaks occurred in Boko Haram-controlled areas…

The Ebola outbreak has spread to a third province in the DRC.  2 new cases, including 1 death, were recorded in South Kivu, more than 700 kilometers south of the outbreak’s source, according to Reuters.

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…