THE OUTBREAK

With Americans on edge about the potential spread of Ebola, it is easy to overlook another virus to which we have long been accustomed — influenza. According to estimates by the...

Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within 2...

Ten years ago the equine influenza virus (EIV) A/H3N8, a common cause of respiratory infections in horses, turned up in dogs. Now Chinese researchers report that domestic cats in a lab...

Initial human testing of an investigational vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease will begin next week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes...

A World Health Organization (WHO) ethics panel said today that it’s ethical to use unlicensed experimental drugs and vaccines to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, as media reports said the last...

Two US aid workers that contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia are said to be improving after receiving an experimental treatment, ZMapp, which had never been tested in humans before. While we...

Canada’s only flu vaccine production plant, owned by GSK, has received word from a Health Canada inspection that 10 issues need to be addressed to meet required standards, according to a...

Study reveals promising information for developing an alternative to antibiotics Research published today in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming...

Washington, DC, July 28, 2014 – “Fist bumping” transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, while still addressing the cultural expectation of hand-to-hand contact between patients and clinicians, according...

Drug-resistant bacteria annually sicken 2 million Americans and kill at least 23,000. A driving force behind this growing public health threat is the ability of bacteria to share genes that provide...