Emerging Infectious Diseases

  • Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Found in Five California Children
    Researchers have identified a polio-like syndrome in a cluster of children from California over a one-year period, according to a case report released Feb. 23 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May ...More
    February 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases: MERS-COV, Avian Influenza Remind Us of the Ongoing Challenge
    Emerging infectious diseases comprise a substantial fraction of all consequential human infections. They have caused the deadliest pandemics in recorded human history, including the Black Death pandemic (bubonic/pneumonic plague; 25 million to 40 million deaths) in the 14th ...More
    January 12, 2014 Posted in Articles
  • Scientists Track the Origin of a Deadly Emerging Pig Virus in the U.S.
    Researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech have helped identify the origin and possible evolution of an emerging swine virus with high mortality rates that has already spread to at least 17 states. ...More
    October 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • OSAP Offers Web-Based Toolkits on Emerging Diseases
    As the world braces to understand the impact of emerging infectious diseases, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is developing instructional tools to ensure the dental community is equipped to respond to these threats. A leader in infection control ...More
    July 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • Surveillance System Targets Emerging Infectious Disease Hotspots
    A team of researchers have developed a method to identify the cause of infectious disease outbreaks based on online reports about the symptoms, the season, and the ratio of cases to fatalities. Using data from the Internet outbreak reporting system ProMED-mail, the ...More
    February 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • Lancet Series Focuses on Controlling Emerging Infectious Diseases, Preventing the 'Next HIV'
    The British medical journal, The Lancet, has issued a special series of articles focused on emerging zoonoses (human diseases that originate in or are shared with animals). The featured papers are authored by leading scientists, many of whom collaborate with the U.S. Agency ...More
    December 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • Emerging Vectorborne Diseases Create New Public Health Challenges
    Land-use change, globalization of trade and travel, and social upheaval are driving the emergence of diseases in many regions, experts sayWest Nile virus, Lyme disease, dengue fever, and plague are examples of "vector-borne zoonotic diseases," caused by pathogens that ...More
    December 1, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Question the Designation of Some Emerging Diseases
    The Ebola, Marburg and Lassa viruses are commonly referred to as emerging diseases, but leading scientists say these life-threatening viruses have been around for centuries. In a perspective in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Science, researchers including a professor at ...More
    November 14, 2012 Posted in News
  • New Pathogen Epidemic Identified in Sub-Saharan Africa
    A new study reveals that the emergence and spread of a rapidly evolving invasive intestinal disease, that has a significant mortality rate (up to 45 percent) in infected people in sub-Saharan Africa, seems to have been potentiated by the HIV epidemic in Africa. The team ...More
    October 1, 2012 Posted in News
  • Genetic Sleuthing Uncovers Deadly New Virus in Africa
    An isolated outbreak of a deadly disease known as acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ill in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer of 2009, was probably caused by a novel virus scientists have never seen before. Described this week ...More
    October 1, 2012 Posted in News
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