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News Scan for Jan 29, 2016

MERS vaccine enters human trial; more details on Thai case<p>A pair of US biotechnology companies today announced the launch of what appears to be the …

FAO pushes for a road map to control and contain zoonotic diseases

Infectious animal-borne disease threats such as Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus are here to stay, and further painful …

Planning for a disease outbreak? There's a game for that.

Department of Homeland Security grant<p>Researchers led by Shrideep Pallickara, associate professor of computer science in the College of Natural …

Why Zika Is This Year’s Scary Virus

It is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and may be the next public health emergency.<p>Scary new viruses emerge abruptly in our modern world, provoking stark headlines and demands for bold government action—but in most cases the causes are complex and have developed, unnoticed, over years or …

U study: Farming may have aided Minnesota bird flu outbreak

Bird Flu

Big Zika virus outbreak unlikely in the U.S., officials say

Public Health

CDC releases Zika guidance on pregnant patients

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released interim guidance on Zika virus for clinicians with pregnant patients returning …

The Zika virus: A look at where it comes from and how it spreads

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been making headlines because it may pose a risk to pregnant women.<p>The Center for Disease Control and Prevention …

One Health

Unusual Deal Ensures Ebola Vaccine Supply

With the Ebola outbreak in west Africa stubbornly hanging on, officials have brokered an agreement to ensure that a vaccine is available to fight …

H7N8 detections at more Indiana farms suggest mutation

Testing at nearby farms in the wake of a highly pathogenic H7N8 avian flu outbreak that struck a turkey facility in southern Indiana last week turned …

U.S. deploys newly minted bird flu plan to protect humans, poultry

By Tom Polansek and Julie Steenhuysen<p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. farm and health officials are racing to assess the threat that a type of bird flu never before seen in the country poses to humans and poultry, employing emergency plans drawn up in the wake of a devastating outbreak in birds last …

High-path H7N8 outbreak reported at Indiana turkey farm

A highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza strain that hasn't been seen in the United States before has struck a commercial turkey farm in southern …

What Kenya’s biggest slum can teach us about saving cities from floods

Try navigating the soggy, waterlogged slopes of Kenya’s largest slum, with its hundreds of thousands of ramshackle houses, and you’ll quickly realize …

How to beat the next Ebola

The world is ill-prepared for the next epidemic or pandemic. But the horror of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may drive change.

Understanding Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases

The term "disease" refers to conditions that impair normal tissue function. For example, cystic fibrosis, atherosclerosis, and measles are all …

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Threats to Human Health and Global Stability

1. Fauci AS, Morens DM (2012) The perpetual challenge of infectious diseases. N Engl J Med 366: 454–461.<p>2. Committee on Microbial Threats to Health, …

Oregon Zoo staff infected by tuberculosis after exposure to infected elephants

Seven staff at the Oregon Zoo were infected with tuberculosis following an outbreak starting in 2013 among three bull elephants - Packy, his son Rama …

Worrisome Bat-Disease Map Shouldn't Make People Fear Bats

Poor bats. Already typecast as movie villains and Halloween bad guys, the persecuted creatures have also been pummeled recently by a rapidly spreading fungal disease. Now this.<p>A new map published in the February edition of <i>The American Naturalist</i> highlights the hot spots where diseases are most …

Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Three Zoo Elephants and a Human Contact — Oregon, 2013

In 2013, public health officials in Multnomah County, Oregon, started an investigation of a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak among elephants and humans at …

Global Health Forecast For 2016: Which Diseases Will Rise ... Or Fall?

No one predicted the Ebola epidemic before it burst forth in 2014 and continued to claim lives throughout 2015. And so, as 2016 begins, readers might well wonder what biological culprits — parasites, bacteria and viruses — are lurking out there, ready to unleash another outbreak of something …

Bovine Tuberculosis

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic, bacterial disease of cattle that occasionally affects other species of mammals.<p>Disease Information<p>Disease …

Disease

World Health Organization Declares Guinea Ebola-Free

The World Health Organization has declared Guinea free of Ebola. The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record is thought to have originated from Guinea nearly two years ago.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Guinea is free of Ebola. That's according to the World Health Organization, which made the …

World Health Organization

2015 in review: key health issues<p>January - April<p>Around 38 million people die every year from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Of …

Public Health

7 immersive data visualizations that track global health trends

As big data evolves, data visualizations can help turn the most convoluted facts and figures into clear stories, aiding further research efforts and …

What A Secretive Military Agency Is Doing For The Future Of Global Health

Then a more unexpected figure took the stage. Colonel Matthew Hepburn, a DARPA program manager outfitted in full military dress, began talking about …

National Security