U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to all known antibiotics, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads.
Legislation in Sacramento intended to induce more parents to get their children the measles vaccine and other shots stalled this week amid an outcry from anti-immunization forces who said the government should not tell parents what to do.
All the news about the Ebola virus reminds us that it’s time to re-read Laurie Garrett’s seminal work the Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance. When it was first published 20 years ago, it read like a worst-case scenario of world health issues and challenges, but unfortunately it has proven […]
By Lauren Raab, Los Angeles Times National Institutes of Health workers preparing to move a lab in Bethesda, Md., found an unwelcome surprise in a storage room this month: vials of smallpox. There is no evidence that any of the vials was breached, and no lab workers or members of the public were exposed to […]
By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified an Illinois man who appears to be the first homegrown case of MERS in the United States. The man does not have an active case of Middle East respiratory syndrome, CDC officials said Saturday. But blood tests show that his […]
Washington (AFP) – An Illinois man has contracted the MERS respiratory virus after coming into contact with the first case of the mysterious Middle East pathogen in the United States, become the third infected person. It was during an ongoing investigation on the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in the United States […]
By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — A growing global threat of the potentially deadly MERS virus has spread to Orlando with the case of a 44-year-old man visiting from Saudi Arabia, health officials reported Monday. He becomes the second U.S. patient with the respiratory illness, which has infected more than 500 people worldwide and […]
By Jacqueline Charles, Nester Phillip and Ezra Fieser, The Miami Herald ROSEAU, Dominica — Caribbean health experts warned Thursday that they “cannot stop” a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus that has infected thousands and is associated with six deaths in the region. The alert comes as the Dominican Republic’s health ministry became the 15th Caribbean nation to […]
By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — How much are childhood vaccines worth to America? Nearly $1.7 trillion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That dollar figure represents the net savings of 20 years’ worth of vaccines administered to American children born between 1994 and 2013 over their entire lifetimes, according to a […]
By Sherif Tarek, Los Angeles Times Eleven new cases of the occasionally fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, were reported in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, two days after the nation’s health minister was replaced. In the week ending Monday, 67 cases were reported of the SARS-like virus. One patient died in Riyadh on Monday, the […]
By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times A 30,000-year-old giant virus has been revived from the frozen Siberian tundra, sparking concern that increased mining and oil drilling in rapidly warming northern latitudes could disturb dormant microbial life that could one day prove harmful to man. The latest find, described online Monday in the Proceedings of the […]