European drug regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine after its ‘success’ in Democratic Republic of Congo

An Ebola vaccine has been approved by European drugs regulators in a move hailed as a ‘triumph for public health’. The so-called Merck vaccine was given the green light this afternoon and is likely to get a full marketing licence from the European Commission Read More …

Ebola fears in Sweden as patient suspected of having deadly virus rushed to hospital in Malmo

An outbreak alert was sparked when a patient was rushed to Skane University Hospital in Lund, near Malmo, with worrying symptoms linked to the deadly virus. “There are confirmed cases of Ebola in the area where the person has been staying,” 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 …

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 …

China’s Pig Pandemic Should Worry Everyone

It’s a familiar and ominous story. A deadly pathogen with no known cure begins spreading in China. Rather than acknowledge the problem, officials throughout the Chinese government shut down media coverage, while under-reporting infection and mortality rates for fear of career Read More …

Ebola doctor killed as violence hampers response to outbreak in DRC

A World Health Organization doctor has been killed by armed militia when a hospital at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was stormed by rebels. According to IMA World Health, an American aid group, Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Read More …

Congo ebola epidemic becomes second worst outbreak ever

The ebola epidemic crippling parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo has now exceeded 1,000 cases, making it the second worst outbreak in history. In a statement, the Congolese health ministry revealed that the total number affected stood at 1,009, Read More …

‘Zombie’ deer disease could spread to humans, experts warn

People who eat deer meat could be at risk of contracting a deadly infectious disease that is spreading across the animals’ US populations, experts have warned. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) –dubbed “zombie” deer disease – has infected deer, elk and moose across 24 American states and Read More …