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5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

Zika And Emerging Viral Epidemics: When, Where, And Why They Strike

The US looks to be on the brink of a new viral epidemic, as a virus that did not even exist in the region a year ago is now among the top concern of infectious disease specialists across the Western Hemisphere. Zika virus, transmitted primarily by the bites of Aedes mosquitoes, has been found across … Continue reading

No, Syrian Refugees Aren’t Going To Bring A ‘Flesh-Eating Disease’ Into America

Already ravaged by years of violent conflict and terrorism, the people of Syria are now also battling against an outbreak of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that has taken hold across large swaths of the war-torn country. Making this desperate situation even worse, conservative media outlets like Breitbart News have pounced upon the opportunity to stir … Continue reading

Ebola Returns To Liberia Months After Country Was Declared Ebola-Free

Three new cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia on Thursday, more than two months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the country free of the deadly virus. The return of Ebola to Liberia marks a major setback in the fight against the disease, raising serious concerns that Ebola will remain a perpetual threat in the West African … Continue reading

BREAKING: Brazilian Man Who Traveled To Guinea Suspected Of Having Ebola

The Brazilian Health Ministry announced Wednesday that it is investigating a suspected case of Ebola involving a 46-year-old man who began showing symptoms of the deadly virus two days after returning from the West African nation of Guinea. The patient, whose identity was not released, arrived in Brazil on Nov. 6 after visiting Guinea, one … Continue reading

After UK Nurse’s Ebola Relapse, Scientists Are Rethinking What We Know – And Don’t Know – About The Disease

Since the Ebola virus was first identified in 1976, doctors have approached the disease with a reasonable idea of what those infected were facing. The disease was known to be grim – a hemorrhagic fever which caused copious amounts of bleeding and, in up to 90 percent of cases, death – but those who survived … Continue reading

WHO Sounds Alarm Over ‘Extreme Spike’ In Dengue Fever Outbreak In War-Torn Yemen

An outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen’s third-most populated city has prompted urgent calls from the World Health Organization (WHO) for a “humanitarian corridor” to facilitate the flow of medicine and other necessities to over three million civilians trapped in the war-torn area. Taiz, located on the country’s southern tip, has been on the frontline … Continue reading

Thanks To Vaccines, Africa Hasn’t Seen A Single Case Of Polio In A Year

Tuesday marked one year since Africa has recorded any new polio cases, a monumental step toward the continent being completely rid of the disease. Since a case was recorded in Somalia a year ago, there has been no evidence of any new incidents, an accomplishment that is being attributed to a collaborative, multi-tiered effort to boost … Continue reading

Chickenpox Cases Have Fallen Dramatically, Thanks To Vaccination

Since the chickenpox vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, there has been a dramatic reduction in chickenpox cases. Now, a new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society shows that hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued their decline after a second dose of the vaccine was recommended … Continue reading

Child Contracts Plague At Yosemite National Park

A child has contracted the plague after a camping trip to Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, prompting state health officials to launch an emergency investigation and perform an environmental evaluation to determine if the bacterial disease has spread. The child, who was identified only as a resident of Los Angeles County, became ill … Continue reading

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