Mosquito sterilization offers new opportunity to control chikungunya, dengue, and Zika

A technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation will soon be tested as part of global health efforts to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a form of insect birth control.  The process Read More …

CDC report: 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year

An estimated 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year — one every 15 minutes — according to a stark new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that reveals that the problem is substantially greater than previously Read More …

Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats appears over after sickening 154 people

A multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats that sickened 154 people appears to be over, according to government health officials. Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have dropped Read More …

Ebola outbreaks: UCL-developed model may predict next one

The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new UCL-developed model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease. The model could help policymakers to decide where to Read More …

Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people – report

A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people. If a similar outbreak Read More …

Ebola outbreak: 2,000 die in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The number of people who have died from Ebola during a year-long outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now climbed above 2,000. The figure was 2,006 on 28 August, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Read More …

Spain issues international alert after country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak

Spain has issued an international alert after the number affected by the country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak rose to 150. A 90-year-old woman has been killed by the infection as the health ministry said it was checking another 523 suspected Read More …