India faces Nipah virus amid COVID-19

News 09/09/21, 00:01

A potential outbreak with a lethal virus is emerging in India, but it is no COVID-19. Rallying from the worst strike of the Delta variant that once made it an epicenter of COVID-19, health officials are on the lookout for Nipah, a rare virus first discovered in the late 1990s and ...

Tennessee father of four dies from rare brain disease linked to mad cow

U.S. 09/26/19, 16:11

A 33-year-old Tennessee father of two sets of twins has died from the human form of mad cow disease. Tony Gibson, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, in March 2018, and his health later rapidly declined. He died on Jan. 30, 2019. Tony was unable to walk, talk, or communicate in ...

White House creates new strategy to control global infectious diseases

U.S. 05/10/19, 09:47

The Trump administration released its Global Health Security Strategy, the first full-fledged strategy of its kind, on May 9. This comes at a time when non-deadly measles outbreaks are on the rise, but more importantly, emerging deadly viruses threaten to become international crises. It is in the interest of the ...

Fine particle air pollution is a public health emergency hiding in plain sight

News 11/19/18, 02:34

Ambient air pollution is the largest environmental health problem in the United States and in the world more generally. Fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 millionths of a meter, known as PM2.5, was the fifth-leading cause of death in the world in 2015, factoring in approximately 4.1 million global deaths annually. In ...

Zika outbreak in northern India state exceeds 100 cases

Health 10/22/18, 04:16

The number of Zika virus cases has crossed 100 in Rajasthan, a state in northern India where palaces and forts draw large numbers of tourists each year. The Press Trust of India news agency reports eight new cases were reported from the state capital of Jaipur on Saturday. The agency says that ...

Mystery illness confirmed in Iowa, suspected in Nebraska

Health 10/19/18, 03:58

Officials say a rare illness that can paralyze children has been confirmed in two Iowa cases and is suspected in one Nebraska case. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed in 22 states this year. Dr. Mark Rupp is ...

Health officials declare end of mumps outbreak in Hawaii

Treatment 10/17/18, 03:45

Hawaii health officials say the statewide outbreak of mumps has ended. The state Department of Health says more than 1000 people were identified with mumps since the outbreak began in March 2017, stemming from two clusters of cases involving nine people on Oahu. State epidemiologist Sarah Park says no new cases have ...

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