Monthly Archives: March 2014

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston by growing vaginal skin cells outside the body and studying the way they interact with “good and bad” bacteria, think they may be able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections. The health of the human vagina depends on a symbiotic/mutually beneficial relationship with “good” bacteria that live on its surface feeding… Read More

Recent increases in reported cases of syphilis in the USA and Australia demonstrate a rise in incidence of this sexually transmitted disease. The Douglas County Health Department of Omaha is once again, urging sexually active people to get tested routinely. In 2013, health officials of the Douglas County Health Department saw a 275 percent increase of syphilis cases that were reported. Dr. Adi Pour told FOX 42 News that in previous years… Read More

Infographic by Jan Diehm for the Huffington Post.

Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said. Bats, a local delicacy, appeared to be the “main agents” for the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the south, Rene Lamah said. 62 people have now been killed by the virus in Guinea, with suspected cases reported in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola virus is spread by close… Read More

At least five people have died in Voinjama, Lofa County in northern Liberia from the deadly Ebola virus, which reportedly broke out in neighboring Guinea recently. Confirming the deaths, authorities at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said here on Monday, that the deadly Ebola virus has hit Liberia. Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bernice Dahn told a special news conference at the Information Ministry Monday that the… Read More

In what the World Health Organization (WHO) has called a rapidly evolving Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, sick patients in neighboring Liberia are being tested, and officials today ruled out an Ebola infection in a Canadian traveler who had recently visited West Africa. The count of lab-confirmed cases in Guinea stayed at 13, as reported by the WHO late yesterday, with the numbers of suspected cases and deaths also remaining the same… Read More

(Millbrook, NY) People living in northern and central parts of the U.S. are more likely to contract Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments when white-footed mice are abundant. Mice are effective at transferring disease-causing pathogens to feeding ticks. And, according to an in-press paper in the journal Ecology, these “super hosts” appear indifferent to larval tick infestations. Drawing on 16 years of field research performed at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies… Read More

The man who is in hospital in Saskatchewan has tested negative for Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers, according to provincial health officials and a World Health Organization spokesman. On Monday, officials said a man who had recently travelled in West Africa was in critical condition in hospital in Saskatoon. The man’s co-workers have confirmed to CBC News that the patient is Rod Ogilvie, a geological engineer. He works for a geological services… Read More

An outbreak of hemorrhagic fever that has killed 29 people in Guinea may have spread across the border into neighboring Sierra Leone, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) document and a senior Sierra Leone health official. Guinean health officials have registered 49 cases of infection in three southeastern towns and the capital Conakry since the outbreak was first reported on February 9. While the exact type of the fever, which is… Read More

The Ebola virus has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever now believed to have killed nearly 60 people in southern Guinea, government officials say. Scores of cases have been recorded since the outbreak began early last month [February 2014]. There is no known cure or vaccine for the highly contagious Ebola virus. It is spread by close personal contact with people who are infected and kills between… Read More

Tests on suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus in Guinea’s capital Conakry are negative, health officials say. On Sunday, UN officials said that the virus had spread to the capital, a port city of up to two million, from remote forests in the south, where some 59 people have died. But a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman told the BBC the Conakry tests had come back negative. Ebola is spread by close… Read More

In June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking anal swabs from bats, rats, and musk shrews living in the cave, the team has discovered what it says is a new virus that may have felled the workers. The… Read More