South Sudan’s mystery hemorrhagic disease that has killed at least 10 people continues to puzzle researchers. Some of the 33 blood samples that were shipped to WHO labs Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa have turned up positive for diseases like onyong-nyong, chikungunya,…

Previous exposure to the dengue virus may enhance the potency of a Zika infection, possibly explaining the severity of the current outbreak, a new study shows. Gavin Screaton, senior author of the early-stage laboratory research—published in Nature Immunology—and Dean of…

A lack of support among community elders can kill the most well-intentioned disease control programs, and memories and perceptions of past programs matter, according to a new PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases study. To understand whether negative or traumatic memories of…

A small survey reveals that local residents worry about the prospect of using genetically modified mosquitoes to help curb the insect population in the Florida Keys. 58% of respondents said they either 'oppose' or 'strongly oppose' the use of genetically modified…

Ahmed Fahal (second from left) and other mycetoma researchers plot their next steps at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. GENEVA—By the time mycetoma—a terrifying and obscure tropical infection—reached the discussion floor of the World Health Assembly at the end of last…

The question “What If?” unites the collective efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann. In a letter to “undo some of the fuzziness” of the Foundation’s work, she shares some examples of projects in priority areas to start a new…

This disease caused by flesh- and bone-destroying fungi afflicts unknown thousands of people, yet research funding is virtually nonexistent. It’s time for the global health community to jumpstart research and bring hope to victims. If some diseases are silent killers,…

After 30 years fighting a flesh-eating, bone-destroying disease, a Sudanese physician dares to hope for global assistance again. On May 21, Dr. Ahmed Fahal will fly anxiously from Khartoum, Sudan to Geneva, Switzerland for the annual World Health…

Evidence from a lab study suggests that presence of dengue antibodies could intensify Zika infections, driving home the need to better understand the relationship between the 2 diseases. Florida Gulf Coast University researchers conducted a cell-culture study to explore…

A new dengue vaccine candidate—created at the NIH and tested on deliberately infected healthy people—proved highly promising, researchers reported in Science Translational Medicine.