Infectious Diseases

U.S. officials warn ‘intense’ flu season to continue, urge shots

U.S. officials warn ‘intense’ flu season to continue, urge shots

Published 16/02/2018

Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks. [more…]

U.S. flu outbreak worsens- hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade

U.S. flu outbreak worsens- hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade

Published 03/02/2018

Emergency room nurse Christine Bauer treats Joshua Lagade of Vista, California, for the flu as his girlfriend Mayra Mora looks on in the emergency room [more…]

Flu still widespread in U.S., worst season since 2014/2015: CDC

Flu still widespread in U.S., worst season since 2014/2015: CDC

Published 26/01/2018

A homeless person is flu vaccinated as she registered to enter as transitional camp area for homeless people at the city's works yard in San [more…]

More birth defects in U.S. areas with Zika: U.S. health officials

More birth defects in U.S. areas with Zika: U.S. health officials

Published 25/01/2018

FILE PHOTO: Signs are placed around a neighborhood as county vector control hand-spray a for adult Aedes mosquitoes after a travel-related case of Zika was [more…]

Google venture arm backs UK universal flu vaccine company

Google venture arm backs UK universal flu vaccine company

Published 15/01/2018

LONDON (Reuters) - A private British company developing a vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of flu has [more…]

Bird flu found in wild birds in UK’s Dorset but risk to humans, poultr

Bird flu found in wild birds in UK’s Dorset but risk to humans, poultr

Published 12/01/2018

(Reuters) - Britain’s Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it had found the H5N6 strain of bird flu in 17 wild birds in South Dorset for [more…]

Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak

Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak

Published 12/01/2018

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu [more…]

U.S. lifts funding ban on studies that enhance dangerous germs

U.S. lifts funding ban on studies that enhance dangerous germs

Published 19/12/2017

A girl wearing a mask looks out a car window as rain drops are seen in Taif June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed AlhwaityCHICAGO (Reuters) - The [more…]

Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds

Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds

Published 15/12/2017

Ibrahim Tommy (L), head of the Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law, and Yusuf Kabbah, head of Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors, [more…]

Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global ca

Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global ca

Published 15/12/2017

Anopheles minimus mosquitoes are pictured at a lab in the Public Health Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, November 9, 2017. Picture taken November 9, 2017.REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaBO [more…]