Epidemics

Anthrax outbreak in Siberian Arctic, first since 1941

A dramatic rise in the number of hospitalized people diagnosed with anthrax was reported in Siberia's Yamal Peninsula, Russia on August 2, 2016. In total, 90 people, including 54 children, are in hospital as of August 2 in what is now the first anthrax outbreak...

August 03, 2016

Conditions favorable for Rift Valley fever outbreak in Arabian Peninsula

Widespread, heavy, and above-normal amounts of rainfall have created perfect conditions for another, mosquito-borne, Rift Valley fever along the coastal areas of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. This region witnessed its first Rift Valley fever outbreak in 2000. That year,...

June 02, 2016

Mysterious bacterial outbreak spreading through Wisconsin, US

A mysterious bacterial outbreak has killed 17 people and sickened at least 54 in Wisconsin, US since November 2015, officials confirmed on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Experts say this outbreak is unprecedented. The cause of the sickness is bacteria called...

March 18, 2016

Evidence suggests Zika virus might cause severe neurological disorder

According to research published on March 1, 2016, Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe neurological disorder. Zika virus infection is associated with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint and muscle pain and conjunctivitis. The...

March 02, 2016

Yellow fever outbreak reported in Angola

An outbreak of yellow fever was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the National IHR Focal Point of Angola on January 21, 2016. First cases of yellow fever were identified in the district of Viana in Luanda province on December 5, 2015. The infection...

February 16, 2016

WHO declares an international state of emergency over Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public state of emergency on the Zika virus currently spreading across South and North America. Despite uncertainties about the disease, the WHO decided to take prompt action on the rising issue. The...

February 01, 2016

Zika virus spreads to Americas, 3 cases reported in the UK

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus first isolated from a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda in 1947, spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 23, 2016. The virus will continue to spread and probably reach...

January 25, 2016

Lead-contaminated water prompts a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan

President Obama declared a state of federal emergency for Flint, Michigan over lead-contaminated water, on January 16, 2016. Lead contamination is a potentially dangerous health hazard, as it can cause brain damage and other problems when ingested. The city has been...

January 18, 2016

Dengue fever outbreak in Yemen

The consequences of a rare hurricane hit in Yemen on November 3, 2015 are still felt today. Tropical Cyclone "Chapala" caused flash floods across the port of Mukalla, and regions of the Hadramout province, which damaged roads, houses and sewer systems....

January 05, 2016

Disease outbreaks and towering food prices threaten flood-stricken Somalia

Severe flooding across Somalia, on-going since October 19, 2015, has triggered an epidemic in water-borne diseases, an escalation of local commodity prices and an interruption of humanitarian aid delivery, according to the United Nation's (UN) report from...

November 25, 2015

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