This is how scared you should be. Necrotizing fasciitis (or NF, the clinical term for flesh-eating bacteria) is an infection caused by swimming in infected water—and it’s very rare. Like, a few hundred
The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming. Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment
“It’s the worst disease no one has ever heard of.” Nipah virus is suspecting of killing at least 10 people in southwestern India, including a nurse caring for patients, according to officials there. The
(CNN) — The World Health Organization said in an emergency meeting Friday that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern have not been met in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
(CNN) — Health officials remain hopeful that an experimental Ebola vaccine will help control the outbreak sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. Since April 4, 45 hemorrhagic fever
Vaccinations are your friend, people. It's a virus. You'll just have to wait it out. That's what Jess Butler was told when she went to her GP last November with a dry cough. Two weeks later, the 29-year-old
(CNN) — An ancient virus infecting residents across Australia's Northern Territory is leaving death and despair in its path, and doctors are now calling for greater efforts to stop the spread of infections.
British scientists claim they have beaten more than a dozen rival teams around the world in the race towards a new synthetic antibiotic. They hope that the agent – an improved version of a natural antibiotic
A SECRET LOCATION OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the outside, it looks like an ordinary commercial warehouse, only much bigger, about the size of two super Walmarts. Inside it’s dark except when motion
Over two days in early February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable. The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential
Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine exists.
Chickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could have repercussions throughout the world. Hundreds of tonnes of an “antibiotic
The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.
In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them. But a new of
Recently, I registered with the GP across the road from my flat. I’ve lived there for a year. I had put off registering beforehand due to a severe allergy to bureaucracy. Last year, I wanted to go see
The drug, larotrectinib, directly targets an acquired rather than inherited genetic defect called TRK fusions. In such patients, TRK genes abnormally attach to other genes, triggering accelerated cancer
(CNN) — It could take just one cough, one kiss, one touch or even one bite to change not only your life, but the lives of everyone around you -- and for months or even years. In most cases, the closer