News & Perspective

Nov 05, 2008

Nov 05, 2008

Study: Media can distort public's views on infectious diseases

(CIDRAP News) – Media coverage of infectious diseases such as avian influenza can create the impression that the conditions are more of a threat than they really are, according to a recent study from Canada.

Sep 29, 2008

Sep 29, 2008

Researchers link home foreclosures to West Nile virus outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Some public health officials have feared that one of the many miseries of rising home foreclosure—and the neglected water sources that follow—could be rising rates of human West Nile virus infections, and now California researchers who studied surveillance data for the Bakersfield area have confirmed the connection.

Aug 20, 2008

Aug 20, 2008

Report: Favorable long-term prognosis for West Nile virus patients

(CIDRAP News) – In the largest study so far on long-term outcomes for patients with West Nile virus (WNV) infections, Canadian researchers have found that prognosis is good, though recovery was slightly longer for those with neuroinvasive disease.

Jul 03, 2008

Jul 03, 2008

US West Nile rate stable for past 4 years

(CIDRAP News) – The United States had 3,630 reported human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) disease in 2007, indicating that the incidence has stayed about the same for the past 4 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.