Infectious diseases Headlines

  • Brazil reports at least 744 infected with measles

    Brazil’s Health Ministry says at least 744 people have been infected with measles in a growing outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.

    Washington Post
  • UNAIDS chief says won’t quit over agency harassment claims

    The embattled UNAIDS chief said Wednesday he will not quit his post over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency.

    Washington Post
  • Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

    Doctor O Yong Il swings open a glass door with a bright orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life’s work. It’s called the GeneXpert and it’s about the size of a household microwave oven. As chief of North Korea’s National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, Dr. O saw it as a godsend.

    Washington Post
  • Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

    Doctor O Yong Il swings open a glass door with a bright orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life's work. It's called the GeneXpert and it's about the size of a household microwave oven. As chief of North Korea's National Tuberculosis Reference...

    ABC News
  • FDA OKs 1st drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack

    U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign. But people...

    ABC News
  • Trapped Thai boys being closely watched for health problems

    The 12 youth soccer teammates who were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks are finally out, and now they are being closely monitored in a hospital. The boys — who ranged in age from 11 to 16 — emerged in relatively good shape. Here is a breakdown of the health issues they...

    ABC News
  • Brazil measles outbreak kills 7-month-old boy

    A 7-month-old boy has become the first person to die in the measles outbreak that has hit Manaus, capital of Brazil’s northern jungle state of Amazonas.

    Washington Post
  • Brazil measles outbreak kills 7-month-old boy

    A 7-month-old boy has become the first person to die in the measles outbreak that has hit Manaus, capital of Brazil's northern jungle state of Amazonas. Manaus' city government said Thursday the baby died on June 28, three days after being hospitalized with symptoms of the disease. Lab...

    ABC News
  • Appeals court: Infants, preschoolers must get flu shot

    New York City's requirement that infants and preschoolers in city-regulated child care or school-based programs must get yearly flu shots has been upheld by the state's highest court. The Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that the city's Department of Health had the authority to require...

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