Angola: WHO Alarm – Zika Virus On the Rise in Angola

By |2017-12-30T17:52:30+00:00December 30th, 2017|

ANALYSIS The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a health emergency alert about a possible Zika outbreak in Angola, urging the Angola Ministry of Health to immediately begin implementing its planned interventions to minimize the impact. The WHO’s alert is particularly alarming because it is issued in response to a growing number of cases of [...]

Largest genetic study of mosquitoes reveals spread of insecticide resistance across Africa

By |2017-12-03T18:27:16+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

Genetic resource will help develop new tools to support the campaign against malaria in Africa Populations of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes sampled in Africa, by country. For full-sized image, please click here. Image: Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature24995 The largest-ever genetic study of mosquitoes reveals the movement of insecticide resistance between different regions of Africa and finds several rapidly evolving insecticide resistance [...]

Analysis offers an alternative history for ampicillin resistance

By |2017-12-03T18:23:24+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

A new study by French scientists suggests the rise of ampicillin resistance in a strain of Salmonella may have begun before the antibiotic was ever used in humans. Ampicillin, a widely used broad-spectrum, semi-synthetic derivative of penicillin, was first marketed in the United Kingdom in 1961 and introduced in other European countries shortly thereafter. But it wasn't [...]

Health worker firings spark debate on mandating flu vaccine

By |2017-12-03T18:11:40+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

"Whenever you do something new it ruffles feathers." That's how Rajesh Prabhu, MD, an infectious disease specialist and the chief patient safety officer with Essentia Health of Duluth, Minn., explained the company's decision to mandate that all healthcare employees, staff, and volunteers get the seasonal flu vaccine this year, a decision that led to dozens [...]


By |2017-11-22T15:25:15+00:00November 22nd, 2017|

IT WASN’T JUST that people were getting sick—it was who. And how many. Hepatitis A is a viral disease that primarily attacks the liver, and if it gets serious—as it can in the elderly and immune-compromised people—it can be fatal. But the graph of casesin the US over time looks like the second, fun half of a [...]