Infectious Diseases


  • Forecasting Future Infectious Disease Outbreaks
    Machine learning can pinpoint rodent species that harbor diseases and geographic hotspots vulnerable to new parasites and pathogens. So reports a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Barbara A. Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • Ancient Skeleton Shows Leprosy May Have Spread to Britain From Scandinavia
    An international team, including archaeologists from the University of Southampton, has found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia. The team, led by the University of Leiden, and including researchers from Historic England and the ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Best Practices for Naming New Human Infectious Diseases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) today called on scientists, national authorities and the media to follow best practices in naming new human infectious diseases to minimize unnecessary negative effects on nations, economies and people. “In recent years, ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • You Probably Don't Need These Five Tests or Treatments, Say Infectious Disease Experts
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), in partnership with the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign, has released a list of five tests or treatments that physicians and patients should question. The goal is to spark discussion about the need—or ...More
    February 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Airport Screening Misses Half of Infectious Disease Cases but Could Be Improved
    Scientists have shown that airport screening for disease will often miss half or more of infected travelers, but can be improved by customizing to pathogens. The findings are published in the journal eLife. One of the biggest barriers to success is the lack of honest ...More
    February 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Johns Hopkins and CDC Prepare ED Staff to Care for Patients with Infectious Diseases
    Four Web-based training modules developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine for emergency department personnel who treat patients with infectious diseases are now available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Titled "Ebola Preparedness: Emergency ...More
    February 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • UNL Researcher Says More Infectious Diseases are Emerging Because of Climate Change
    The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a noted zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In ...More
    February 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Map Disease-Causing Pathogens
    Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time mapped human disease-causing pathogens, dividing the world into a number of regions where similar diseases occur. The findings show that the world can be separated into seven regions for vectored human ...More
    December 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Climate Change Will Slow China's Progress in Reducing Infectious Diseases
    China has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two decades. However, in a study published in the latest edition of Nature ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Understanding Disease Outbreaks
    Disease outbreaks can come on suddenly or slowly over time, and one University of Alabama at Birmingham global health expert says the heightened sense of awareness they cause is warranted. Currently making headlines is the Ebola virus, which causes a severe, often fatal ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News
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