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Virus may be 'tip of iceberg,' CDC official says

A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say.<p>The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the …

Bubonic Plague Is Back (but It Never Really Left)

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people so far, and due to antibiotic resistance, it could kill many more.<p>The plague is back. No, not …

We Need Antibiotics. They’re Not Profitable To Make. Who Pays?

Within the slow-brewing crisis of antibiotic resistance—which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention kills 23,000 Americans each year—there are a lot of failures: of health care personnel who prescribe drugs when they should not; of patients who take drugs badly and encourage …

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Moves From The Farm To The Hospital

That's bad news for healthcare<p>The call for action to limit antibiotic resistance has never been greater. The World Health Organization has already sounded the alarm and even offered the suggestion for legal measures to ensure all countries do their best to save antibiotics for the future. Even …

Chikungunya is on the move

A crippling virus has slipped its bonds in Africa and Asia and is invading whole new continents faster than people can learn to pronounce its name. …

Public Health

Thousands of Ebola Survivors Face Persistent Joint Pain and Other Problems

The Ebola virus is leaving an indelible mark on survivors. Emerging findings, amassed by tracking unprecedented numbers of people who recovered from …

Disease

California child diagnosed with plague after camping at Yosemite

The child with the disease, which is carried by rodents and the fleas that live on them, is the latest of several people infected with it in the western US<p>A child who camped in California’s Yosemite national park has been diagnosed with the plague, the latest of several such infections in the …

Legionnaires' disease outbreak claims 4th life in New York

New York City health officials say a fourth person with Legionnaires' disease has died in the Bronx amid an outbreak that has resulted in dozens of cases.<p>Health officials say in a statement Saturday there have been a total of 65 reported cases of people with the disease and 55 have been …

Why you shouldn’t freak out about ancient “Frankenviruses” emerging from Arctic permafrost

If you use Facebook, you’ve probably heard by now about the 30,000 year old “giant” virus — some dubbed it “Frankenvirus” — that has been discovered in frozen Siberian permafrost. Concerns abound about the idea that, like in that bad Val Kilmer movie, we’re going to awaken something dangerous from …