Monkeypox re-emerges in Africa

March 15, 2018
In the past 10 years, human monkeypox cases have been reported in African countries that have seen few or no cases in several decades, presenting a…

WHO prioritizes ‘Disease X’ in R&D blueprint

February 23, 2018
WHO recently released its annual list of priority diseases with an “urgent need” for accelerated research and development because of…

Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak involves ‘concerning’ number of cases

February 19, 2018
Nigeria has seen an “unusually high” number of Lassa fever cases during a weeks-old outbreak that has spread to 17 states, a WHO official…
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Plague: Blame the flea, not the rat

Infectious Disease News, February 2018
Donald Kaye, MD, MACP; Larry I Lutwick, MD
Plague is caused by Yersinia pestis, a gram-negative coccobacillus. HHS and the Department of Agriculture classify it as a Tier 1 select agent…
At Issue

How transparent should gene drive research be?

Infectious Disease News, February 2018
Experts have debated the ethics of using gene drive technology to alter populations of insects in the wild. But what about the ethics of studying…

‘Pavlov’s mosquitoes’: Swatting has similar effect as insect repellent

January 27, 2018
When it comes to keeping mosquitoes away, swatting may have the same effect as the best insect repellents. One swat may be enough, researchers said…
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Researchers identify three new mosquito vectors of Zika in Mexico

January 25, 2018
Researchers identified three new mosquito carriers of Zika virus in Mexico and say all three are potential vectors of the disease. Writing in…

Data from DRC suggest many Ebola infections may go unrecognized

January 24, 2018
Researchers documented serologic evidence of exposure to Ebola virus in villages that were not affected by an outbreak of the disease in the…
In the Journals PlusPerspective

Surfers more likely to harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria in gut

January 16, 2018
Recent data showed that regular surfers and bodyboarders were nearly three times more likely to harbor antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli
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Rhesus macaques in Florida expose parkgoers to deadly virus

January 13, 2018
Researchers have found evidence that people visiting a popular public park in Florida are at risk for contracting a potentially deadly virus known as…