African swine fever (ASF), a deadly virus in pigs and wild boar, continues to spread in China and will almost certainly wreak havoc in other countries in Asia soon. That’s the somber conclusion from a meeting of animal health experts organized by the United Nations’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Bangkok late last week

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100 supposedly sick passengers ended up only being 10. But the story tapped into potent fears about flying

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Researchers are finding more and more that online misinformation fuels the spread of diseases like tooth decay, Ebola and measles

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Since the 1918 flu pandemic that wiped out about five percent of the world’s population there have been strides toward eradicating most communicable diseases, yet the vulnerability of certain parts of the world affects everyone. This, the writers say, must be addressed

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As the worst flu epidemic in nearly a decade sweeps the U.S., here’s a message that more Americans need to heed: stay home if you are sick. Sadly, that’s a hard sell, especially in medicine

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According to new genetic evidence published today, public health efforts to contain and fight the disease could have—and should have—gotten underway much sooner. Zika, it turns out, had established itself in Brazil as early as 2013

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For many years CDC has sent epidemiologists, or scientists who analyze disease outbreaks and study ways to prevent future ones, to major disease outbreaks. But building on its experiences with Ebola in 2014, the agency also has created new rapid response teams, called CDC Emergency Response Teams (CERT), that bring expanded expertise to contain an outbreak as quickly as possible

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The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games pose little additional risk of causing new outbreaks of the Zika virus, the US CDC recently wrote. The report came on the tails of a letter signed by 2401 international experts asking that the Olympics be postponed or moved, as well as the news that athletes, many of them golfers, have decided to sit these games out because they’re concerned about the mosquito-borne virus

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