Measles infections are projected to double this year compared to 2018, hitting rich and poor countries alike, the WHO reported yesterday. The UN is calling on member states to close vaccination gaps as far-flung measles outbreaks spread. 

Some 12 years ago, surges in deadly H5N1 bird flu cases sparked a flurry of activity—experimental vaccines tested, antivirals stockpiled. Then it faded into obscurity; no one quite knows why. Certain things about influenza “don’t quite add up completely,” says Nancy Cox,…

On President Trump’s pledge to reduce the spread of HIV in the US, black women say that their communities ought to be a focus, NPR Shots reports.  

2 drug-resistant tuberculosis survivors who lost their hearing because of treatment are teaming up with Médecins Sans Frontières to challenge a patent extension on a safer drug in India.   The extension of Johnson & Johnson's monopoly on the WHO-recommended bedaquilin…

Measles is making its mark with several simultaneous outbreaks in disparate hotspots. Madagascar is experiencing its worst measles outbreak in decades, with over 50,000 cases since October 2018 and 300+ deaths—most of them children, CNN reports. There, most families want…

SARS and other deadly diseases have lasting social and emotional impacts. In Hong Kong—the locus of a 2003 outbreak—cautionary behaviors like wearing face masks and traumas experienced by medical professionals persist beyond the epidemic’s span.  

An HIV-positive American and his physician partner have been accused of exposing the personal details of 14,200 HIV-positive people in Singapore, The Washington Post reports.

Severe droughts could drive new HIV infections in Africa, research in Lesotho illustrates.   Teen girls in climate-shocked areas were more likely to drop out of school, become sexually active earlier and contract HIV, according to research ed by Andrea Low, an assistant…

Washington state has declared a public health emergency, as it fights measles outbreaks in 2 counties where vaccine coverage slipped. Now the AP is reporting several cases in the Atlanta area, too.  

An HIV-positive American leaked the personal data of 14,200 HIV-positive people in Singapore—including names, ID numbers, phone numbers and addresses—after being deported from the city-state.