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 …

Superbugs kill 33,000 in Europe each year, says study

A study by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimates that around 33,000 people in the EU die each year after becoming infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The analysis, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, warned that the burden of Read More …

Democratic Republic of Congo confirms two Ebola cases, 10 more cases suspected

Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro and at least 10 more cases are suspected, the head of the national institute for biological research, Jean Jack Muyembe, said on Tuesday. A Read More …

Scientists put on alert for deadly new pathogen – ‘Disease X’

The World Health Organisation [WHO] has put scientists and health workers around the globe on alert for a new and potentially deadly pathogen – Disease X. Each year the Geneva-based organisation, which is charged with monitoring and safeguarding world health, Read More …