Infectious diseases Headlines

  • Amitabh Bachchan: 'Forget the Avengers, it took real heroes to make India polio-free'

    By reaching each child on the planet with life-saving vaccines, deadly diseases can be wiped out, says the Bollywood star There was a time, not that long ago, when eradicating polio from my country seemed like pure fiction. Not even 10 years ago, India was home to nearly half of the world’s polio cases. And when I was a boy, the idea that polio could be defeated was an impossibility, an endless fight, an actual war against infinity. So the sense of pride I felt on the day, four years ago, when...

    the Guardian
  • Flesh-eating ulcer: Coalition will spend $1.5m to try to control disease's spread

    Buruli ulcer funding will be matched by Victorian government and two local councils More than $1m will be spent tackling a mysterious flesh-eating bug and reducing its spread in Australia. The federal government on Thursday announced it is investing $1.5m into researching the Buruli ulcer, which has spread throughout Victoria and far north Queensland. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks

    Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who's immune to certain infections and who's not. The goal is to find groups of people at risk of outbreaks, especially in impoverished and remote...

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  • Drugmaker GSK says first quarter revenue dropped 2 percent

    Pharmaceutical and consumer goods maker GlaxoSmithKline says first-quarter revenue dropped 2 percent as a stronger pound offset encouraging sales of a new shingles treatment. The company said in a statement Wednesday that revenue rose to 7.22 billion pounds ($10.1 billion) from 7.38 billion...

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  • Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

    U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in several states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

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  • UN health agency: Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola

    The World Health Organization says it has coordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who was exposed to the potentially deadly disease earlier this month. The U.N. health agency said in an emailed statement on Friday that...

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  • UN health agency: Hungarian scientist sickened by Ebola

    The World Health Organization says it has coordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who caught the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month.

    Washington Post
  • UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn't be used widely

    The World Health Organization says the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in "a much safer way," meaning that the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease. In November, the vaccine's manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, said people...

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  • Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists hamper polio eradication

    Islamic extremists made Imana Alhaji Gana's village in northeastern Nigeria too dangerous for health workers to vaccinate against polio. Now that she and her family have fled to a displacement camp, those workers want to catch her children in time. Here in the camps housing thousands of...

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  • Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst says she's HIV-positive

    Bearded diva Conchita Wurst says she's HIV-positive and has been living with the virus for many years. The Austrian drag queen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, said on Instagram late Sunday she had been blackmailed by a former friend who wanted to publish the information and...

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  • Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst says she’s HIV-positive

    Bearded diva Conchita Wurst says she’s HIV-positive and has been living with the virus for many years.

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  • Tissue-destroying ulcer frequently found in Africa spreading rapidly in Australia

    Buruli ulcer cases surging and now at epidemic proportions in parts of Victoria, researchers say A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread. In an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on Monday, authors led by associate professor Daniel O’Brien from Barwon Health said incidents of...

    the Guardian
  • CDC: E. coli outbreak in 11 states linked to store-bought romaine lettuce...

    An initially mysterious outbreak of Escherichia coli has spread to at least 11 states since mid-March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. But the good news is that we’ve finally uncovered the source—the bland boy band of vegetables, romaine lettuce.

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