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Nov 29, 2018

Nov 29, 2018
Young boy with measles

Report: Measles spike triggered by vaccination gaps

Although vaccines have saved millions of lives, experts estimate that, since 2016, cases have increased by more than 30%.

Mar 21, 2016

Mar 21, 2016
Zika flyer

Experts probe Zika mosquito control, more microcephaly

Experts said only 2 of the new methods—Wolbachia and transgenic mosquitoes—were at the stage for carefully designed pilot projects.

Mar 11, 2016

Mar 11, 2016
Mexico City and mountains

CDC excludes high elevations in Zika travel advice

CDC guidance now excludes destinations above 6,500 feet, as Aedes mosquitoes are rare in those areas.

Feb 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016
Pregnant traveler at airport

WHO stiffens Zika travel advice for women, airs countermeasure efforts

The WHO's top drug and development official projected the launch of a large vaccine trial is still at least 18 months away, but a test might be available within weeks.

Aug 04, 2014

Aug 04, 2014
Chikungunya virus micrograph

Caribbean chikungunya cases climb 8%, top 500,000

About two thirds of the 38,000 new cases reported last week were in the Dominican Republic.

Mar 26, 2013

Mar 26, 2013

GAO report reiterates biolab oversight gaps

(CIDRAP News) – The United States still lacks a way to assess the need for high-containment laboratories and national standards for building and maintaining them, despite 2009 recommendations, according to a report yesterday from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Dec 06, 2011

Dec 06, 2011

Mapping studies show scope of P vivax malaria burden

(CIDRAP News) – Though global rates of the most deadly form of malaria are declining in Africa, the parasite's less deadly but more difficult-to-treat cousin, Plasmodium vivax, has a firm foothold in many parts of South Asia and Latin America, according to new mapping studies.

May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

Flu situation stays sedate, locally and globally

(CIDRAP News) – Flu indicators fell again in the United States last week as the 2010-11 flu season approaches its end, with very little activity occurring elsewhere in the world, US and global surveillance organizations said today.

All levels were below baseline, even the percentage of deaths from pneumonia and flu, which has lagged the decline of other flu signals, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Apr 22, 2011

Apr 22, 2011

US flu season nears its end; global levels low

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States continued to fade last week, but the lingering signs included reports of four more flu-related deaths in children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization's latest global update said flu was generally low and decreasing worldwide, but there were a few patches of activity in the tropics.

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