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Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

Mosquito-Borne Zika Infections In South Florida Spread Worry Nationwide

Four people in Dade and Broward counties were infected in early July, got sick a week later and were diagnosed a couple of days after that. “All the evidence we have seen indicates that this is mosquito-borne transmission that occurred several weeks ago,” said Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

July 31, 2016
Colonies of E. coli bacteria grown on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar plate are seen in a microscopic image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). CDC/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Sees First Case Of Bacteria Resistant To All Antibiotics

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.

May 27, 2016
Photo: Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California (AFP/Justin Sullivan)

California’s Measles Outbreak Is Over, But Vaccine Fight Continues

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.

April 18, 2015

Obama: U.S. To Be ‘More Aggressive’ In Monitoring Ebola Response

The President insists the threat of Ebola is being taken seriously.

October 16, 2014

First U.S. Child Dies From Enterovirus D68

A child from Rhode Island is the first to pass away from the ongoing outbreak of enterovirus D68.

October 1, 2014

Virus Amok

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 […]

August 19, 2014

Smallpox Discovered In Old Storage Room Near D.C.

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 […]

July 8, 2014

Illinois Man Found To Carry Antibodies To Counter MERS

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 […]

May 19, 2014

U.S. Reports Third Case Of MERS Virus

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 […]

May 18, 2014

Man Visiting Florida Is Second MERS Case In U.S.

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 […]

May 13, 2014

Caribbean Health Experts Warn Of Fapidly Spreading Mosquito-Borne Virus

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 […]

May 2, 2014

Childhood Vaccines Save 731,700 Lives And $1.7 Trillion, CDC Says

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 […]

April 24, 2014

Deadly Middle East Respiratory Virus Surge Continues In Saudi Arabia

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 […]

April 24, 2014

Giant Virus Revived From Deep Freeze In Siberian Tundra

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 […]

March 3, 2014