In 2018 North Korea’s WHO official announced that the country had zero reported HIV cases thanks to a robust prevention program. In fact, HIV has spiraled in North Korea in recent years, and officials are well aware, according to an unusual collaboration between North Korea…

In the last 2 decades, more than 30 countries moved from low-income to middle-income status, a billion people were lifted out of poverty, and there were major reductions in maternal and child mortality globally. Despite this progress, middle-income countries, where over 70…

Deploying antiretrovirals as soon as HIV is found—or “test and treat”—is standard practice in wealthy countries. When researchers set out to try the method in South Africa and Zambia, they encountered skepticism about whether communities would trust, embrace and stick to…

How do flu super-strains happen? When 2 or more strains have the opportunity to convene within one cell. Such an opportunity is created when migratory birds mix with local fowl—as when red knots from Argentina arrive on New Jersey’s Delaware Bay, a hotbed of avian influenza…

Funds are running low for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola response, threatening operations at a critical moment, The Economist reports.   Donors have supplied just half of the $98 million in projected costs for the first half of this year, forcing the WHO to…

When an outbreak hits, how do we immediately get a Ministry of Health representative, an animal health specialist, a communications expert and a laboratory sample transporter on the same page?  The answer isn’t flashy or particularly exciting, but it is crucial: program…

An outbreak of suspected viral encephalitis has killed 90+ children in India’s Bihar state, BBC reports, though some deaths have also been blamed on hypoglycemia.

Trump’s bid to end HIV transmission in America by 2030 could miss the mark by focusing too narrowly on medical approaches, advocates warn.   Medicines like antiretrovirals and pre-exposure prophylaxis are needed and available, but many populations most in need are missing…

Ebola crossed a dangerous threshold this week as Uganda confirmed a new case—in a 5-year-old-boy who arrived from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the WHO reported yesterday.  

Dengue is set to threaten 6 billion people by 2080—60% of the current world population—according to study in Nature Microbiology.