Mystery SARS-Like Virus Spreads as First Confirmed Case Emerges Outside China

A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday. Thai doctors diagnosed a Chinese traveller with mild Read More …

Lassa fever: Britons who came into contact with victims brought back to UK for tests

Three Britons have been brought back to the UK from Sierra Leone for medical assessment after coming into close contact with two people who have been diagnosed with Lassa fever. One of the two Dutch nationals who contracted the virus Read More …

Walmart Pork Containing Superbugs Resistant to Important Antibiotics Found

Testing has revealed the presence of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics in pork products sold at Walmart stores in the eastern U.S., according to a report. Research conducted by non-profit World Animal Protection (WAP) identified several strains of bacteria in Read More …

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 …

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 …