Epidemics

Scientist who discovered Ebola calls rising viral pandemic an 'unimaginable catastrophe'

The scientist who discovered the Ebola virus in 1976 after a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had mysteriously fallen ill in Zaire says the disease has pandemic potential and he now fears that the world is on the edge of an "unimaginable cata

October 12, 2014

Virus researchers say Ebola could spread through air - and even spread without symptoms

The chorus of U.S. health officials constantly reassuring the public that Ebola can't transmit through the air is quickly tailing off, as virologists and other disease experts say "not so fast." Health experts know very little about the nature of the

October 09, 2014

Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food prices skyrocket

High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it's already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect u

September 26, 2014

Liberia warns of total collapse of its government due to Ebola outbreak

The death toll from Ebola is surging in West Africa, and officials in Liberia are warning that the entire country could collapse from the devastation. Speaking at a recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Liberia's Minister of National Defense, Browni

September 22, 2014

45 liters of live Polio virus released into Belgian rivers

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in its Communicable disease threats report from September 11, 2014 reported about an accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment. On September 2, 2014,

September 21, 2014

Sierra Leone's 6 million residents endure mandatory three-day confinement to their homes

An unprecedented national lockdown is about to take place in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries most embattled by the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Reports indicate that Sierra Leone's 6 million residents are being asked to stay home for three

September 21, 2014

Ebola death toll passes 2 400, WHO pleads for more aid to West Africa

In an unexpected turn of events, Cuba has announced that it will send over the largest medical team yet to aid West Africa during the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More than 2 400 people have now died of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), prompt

September 18, 2014

Liberia runs out of hospital beds as Ebola cases increase exponentially, overwhelming healthcare system

As West Africa's Ebola epidemic continues to worsen, local healthcare systems are being completely overwhelmed. In Liberia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, there is not a single bed available for any more patients.The WHO reports that more than 4,200 ca

September 12, 2014

Ebola – Catastrophic pandemic

If you are not taking the threat of Ebola seriously, you are making a big mistake. President Barack Obama takes it very seriously and has just signed an amendment to an executive order allowing him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who mer

August 04, 2014

Chikungunya and dengue outbreak reported in El Salvador

El Salvador is now the first country in Central America with a chikungunya outbreak after several cases appeared in early June 2014 in the municipality of Axutuxtepeque in the Department of San Salvador. Dengue cases have also increased in the country in recent mon

July 22, 2014

Death toll from Ebola outbreak reaches 603, West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to closely monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with high numbers of new cases and deaths being

July 15, 2014

Nearly 4,600 now affected by untreatable virus spreading through Caribbean

Many people have heard of malaria and may even know about Dengue fever, two health-ravaging, mosquito-borne diseases. Malaria brings fever, chills and flu-like symptoms, and Dengue fever elicits fever, headache, pain and skin rash.What few people have heard of is the&nb

June 24, 2014

First U.S. case of deadly virus MERS confirmed in Indiana

The first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was reported in a traveler to the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday, May 2, 2014. This deadly virus is relatively new to human

May 03, 2014

Unidentified fatal disease broke out in West Nile region, Uganda

An unidentified fatal disease broke out last week in West Nile subregion, Obongi County, Uganda. According to local press, as of April 28, 2014, the disease already claimed 4 lives and sent at least 64 to hospitals. New patients are soaring

April 29, 2014

MERS outbreak hits 30% death rate as pandemic spreads in Saudi Arabia

The MERS outbreak sweeping through Saudi Arabia and Egypt has accelerated yet again with 26 new confirmed cases today. Infections have exploded by 73 percent in just one month, reports Reuters.What really has virologists alarmed, however, is the 30% death rate curr

April 28, 2014

Anthrax spreading over northern regions of Tajikistan

According to media reports anthrax virus is spreading over northern regions of Tajikistan. On July 16, 2013, 2 cases of infections were confirmed in Bobojonghfur district of Tajik Sogdiysk region. Measures to prevent the the spread of this infectious disease

July 18, 2013

CDC warns on new deadly virus previously unseen in humans

United States CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) warned state and local health officials on Thursday, March 7, 2013 about potential infections from a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has by now sickened 14 people and killed 8.In its

March 08, 2013

Tracking the origins of HIV

Alfred Roca, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, thinks that the genomes of an isolated West African human population provide important clues about how the Human immunodeficiency

December 26, 2012

2012 record setting West Nile Virus year

The summer of 2012 has seen the worst outbreak of the West Nile Virus since its discovery during 1999 in the U.S.  The record high temperatures appear to have allowed for the rapid spread of mosquito-borne arboviruses.  With over 50% of the cases appearing Texas, the

September 14, 2012

Largest outbreak of West Nile virus in United States

According to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States.West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. The disease was first detected in the United States

August 22, 2012

Mutated flu virus is killing New England harbor seals

In the fall of 2011, 162 young harbor seals were discovered stranded or dead on New England beaches. It was officially declared and classified as UME (Unusual Mortality Event) by federal government. H3N8 seal virus is likely to have caused the 2011 mortality event in

August 08, 2012

Outbreak of Ebola virus in Uganda - quarantine near impossible

The Ugandan Government has created an emergency task force to deal with an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Dozens of terrified patients have fled hospitals afraid of contracting the disease, making quarantine near-impossible.The onset of the virus outbreak – the third

July 31, 2012

Scientist found new powerful way to combat flu viruses

International research team has manufactured a new protein that can combat deadly flu epidemics. Scientists used manufactured genes as antivirals, which disable key functions of the flu virus. The most potent design has proven effective on the vulnerable sites on

June 01, 2012

Squirrel tested postive for plague in US

A ground squirrel found in the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain has tested positive for plague, San Diego County health officials announced on May 3rd. Officials found the infected animal during routine monitoring, according to local North Country Times.

May 07, 2012

Deadly mysterious disease claiming victims in Vietnam

Vietnam has asked international health experts to help investigate a mystery illness that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in an impoverished district in central Vietnam. Most of the patients are from Ba Dien village in Ba To. It is one of the poorest

April 23, 2012

Dengue numbers in Sri Lanka triple in first quarter of 2012

Sri Lankan health personnel have reported a three-fold increase in the number of recorded dengue fever cases in the first quarter of this year. The Epidemiology Unit said 9,317 dengue cases and 38 deaths were reported in the first three months of 2012, against 3,103

April 19, 2012

27 districts in Nepal face high risk of bird flu

The Directorate of Animal Health (DAH) reported that 27 districts, including the capital Kathmandu, are facing high risk of bird flu.DAH program director Ram Krishna Khatiwada said during a press meeting on Sunday that they had intensified surveillance in those high

April 02, 2012

Winter solstice in Hong Kong - H5N1 avian flu virus found in chickens

At the same time we saw mass media making news of Dutch scientists who created highly contagious killer bird flu, yesterday, deadly H5N1 avian flu virus was found in a chicken carcass at a wholesale market in Hong Kong. Workers began culling 19,451 birds, including

December 22, 2011

Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu

A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a laboratory by European scientists – who now want to publish full details of how they did it. The discovery has prompted fears within the US Government that the

December 21, 2011

Europe must take action to prevent continued measles outbreak in 2012

Measles, a highly infectious vaccine-preventable disease, remains one of the leading causes of childhood mortality, leading to an estimated 450 deaths each day worldwide. Rubella is an infection that is usually mild when experienced in childhood, but it can often

December 12, 2011

Massive crow deaths in India

The mysterious epidemic that has claimed hundreds of crows in Jharkhand has now spread to Hazaribagh, with 350crow deaths in Vishnugarh and Katkamsandi over the weekend, triggering panic among residents who have been advised by experts not to touch the carcasses. More

December 12, 2011

Bird flu virus can be modified into bioweapon?

Scientists and security specialists are in the midst of a fierce debate over recent experiments on a strain of bird flu virus that made it more contagious. The H5N1 virus has been circulating among birds and other animals in recent years. It's also infected about

November 20, 2011

Typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe due to shortage of clean water

A shortage of clean water and adequate sanitation in one of the most populous townships in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, have caused typhoid outbreak. Experts warn it could herald the resurgence of cholera. Most of the typhoid infections have occurred in the highly

November 18, 2011

Baxter recalls 300,000 Preflucel flu vaccines for serious adverse reactions

Baxter Healthcare Corp. has announced it is recalling roughly 300,000 doses of its Preflucel influenza vaccine due to what it says is an excessive number of adverse events. Baxter is the same drug company that was caught inserting Avian Flu Virus into flu vaccines back

November 11, 2011

Disease concerns as flash floods hit Kenya

Flash floods in coastal areas of Kenya have claimed several lives, damaged schools and destroyed sewage systems, leading to fears of disease outbreaks, according to officials and local residents. Affected areas include Changamwe, Kisauni, Kongowea and Likoni estates in

October 17, 2011