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Zika's Rapid Rise and the Limp Global Response Reveal Dire Global Health Challenges

Peter Katona | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Peter Katona

With cases rising in Florida, Singapore, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago, the Zika virus pandemic is raising public concern in regions across the glob...

A top 10 list waiting to save lives!

Medical Discovery News | Posted 09.29.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog Sometimes I have to remind myself we are in the 21st Century when I hear that infectious diseases are a lea...

Ebola, Zika and the Weakness of the Global Health Regime

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

When it first began at the end of December 2013 in a rural village in Guinea, the Ebola virus had been restricted to a few neighboring villages. By Ma...

How Zika Reveals Our Vulnerability To Many Diseases

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Like everyone else who has heard the news about it, I find the rapid spread of the Zika virus extremely alarming. The newly recognized capacity of thi...

Bat Viruses Are Most Likely To Jump To Humans In West Africa And South East Asia

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.20.2016 | Healthy Living

LONDON (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses jumping to humans and causing new diseases that could lead...

This Camel Vaccine Could Stave Off The Next Pandemic

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living

A vaccine that protects against the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) has been shown to be effective in camels, a new study fi...

Your State Likely Can't Handle An Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 01.04.2017 | Healthy Living

Infectious diseases kill tens of thousands of Americans every year and add millions of dollars to municipalities' financial burden, but the majority o...

Scientists Hope Tracking Winter Flu Will Help Close Pandemic Knowledge Gap

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug,...

How The U.S. Is Trying To Get Ahead Of The Next MERS Outbreak

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and Saudi Arabia may prepare a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to try and head o...

Are We Prepared For The Next Global Epidemic? The Public Doesn't Think So

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 08.05.2016 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The public is right: The world is not prepared for the next epidemic. We're no better equipped to respond quickly to an outbreak than we were a year ago. But we can be - and at a fraction of what it would cost if we don't act urgently.

Thailand Praised For Its 'Flawless' Response To First MERS Patient

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2016 | Health News

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK, June 22 (Reuters) - Thailand's status as a hub for medical tourism could be hel...

North Korea Claims It Has Found Cure For MERS, Ebola, SARS And AIDS

Posted 06.19.2015 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed. The authoritarian, impoverished nati...

German Man Dies Of Complications Stemming From MERS

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - A 65-year-old German man who was infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus earlier this year has d...

Surprised by MERS Again? The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Asia

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 06.12.2016 | World
Dr. William Karesh

It's hard to believe but I first posted the article that this is adapted from almost two years ago to the day. Little has changed other than Ebola drawing the world's attention away from MERS until a new and significant outbreak erupted in east Asia three weeks ago after being introduced by a traveler returning from the Middle-East.

There's No Excuse For Our Lack Of A MERS Vaccine

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - Three years after the mysterious MERS virus first emerged in humans, sci...

MERS Outbreak Closes Nearly 2,000 Schools In South Korea

Reuters | Ju-min Park and Jack Kim | Posted 06.07.2016 | World

(Adds comment from Hong Kong, detail) By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL, June 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong upgraded to "serio...

South Korea Confirms Third MERS Death

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2016 | Healthy Living

By Ju-min Park and Tony Munroe (Reuters) - South Korea on Thursday confirmed that a man who died a day earlier had been infected with Middle East R...

5 More Cases Of MERS Confirmed In South Korea

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2016 | World

SEOUL, June 3 (Reuters) - South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early...

Secrecy Surrounding MERS Outbreak Fuels Fear, Confusion In South Korea

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living

By Ju-min Park and Sohee Kim SEOUL, June 2 (Reuters) - Fear and confusion mounted in South Korea over news of the first two deaths fro...

South Korea Isolates Almost 700 People In Struggle To Contain MERS Outbreak

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living

By Jack Kim SEOUL, June 1 (Reuters) - South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Monday as h...

What Do Bridges and Public Health Have in Common?

Brian Castrucci | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

We have major infrastructure needs in many sectors in the United States. The potential impact of a failing public health infrastructure should alarm us and drive action. We can't predict when the next outbreak, epidemic, or disaster will occur, but we can guarantee that it will take place. The question is whether we will work to fortify the public health infrastructure now or deal with the consequences later.

CDC's Mission: Protecting the Health of Americans

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

CDC is America's health protection agency. Along with our many governmental and private sector partners, we're working 24/7to find, stop, and prevent disease - in every state, throughout our nation, and in many countries around the globe.

White House Halts Funding On Risky Flu Studies

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The White House has temporarily stopped funding new research involving the flu and other pathogens in which scientists ...

The Looming Foreclosure Crisis: As the Fed Runs Out of Bullets, Local Governments Step In

Ellen Brown | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Ellen Brown

Mortgage debt overhang from the housing bust has meant lack of middle-class spending power and consumer demand, preventing the economy from growing.

Iran Confirms First 2 Cases Of MERS

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living

DUBAI, May 27 (Reuters) - Iranian officials say they have confirmed the country's first two cases of MERS, a deadly virus first reported two years a...