Flu

China confirms outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on Hunan egg farms

BEIJING (Reuters) - China confirmed an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu at a poultry farm in Hunan province in the southern part of the country, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement on Friday.<p>The outbreak in Yongzhou, a city of more than 5 million people, was detected among farmers raising …

China

Lyme disease Prevention Tips - How to prevent Lyme disease

Lyme disease causes due to the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi. This disease transmitted in people by bite of infected blacklegged ticks. The Sign of …

Viruses

Germany relaxes some bird flu restrictions as threat recedes

German authorities said on Friday they will relax some restrictions introduced to combat the spread of bird flu as the risk from the disease is falling.<p>Farmers in parts of Germany's most northerly state of Schleswig-Holstein will be permitted to allow their poultry into open fields from Saturday, …

21st Century

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

<b>British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis.</b><p>Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say they can isolate different strains of the disease using a process called genome sequencing.<p>It means patients who may have waited months to get the right drugs can now be …

Breakthroughs

There Are Now Fewer Tuberculosis Cases In The U.S. Than The CDC Has Ever Measured

However, U.S. elimination of this curable disease will not be possible in this century without an uptick in prevention efforts.<p>The number of U.S. tuberculosis cases in 2016 was the lowest since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began reporting it in 1953, the agency announced …

Public Health

Olympus' redesigned scope is linked to infection outbreak

Doctors have tied a superbug outbreak at a foreign health facility to a medical scope that Olympus modified last year in an attempt to reduce its risk of spreading bacteria between patients.<p>Five patients treated with the modified device tested positive for the same potentially deadly bacteria, …

Viruses

Listeria Is Killing People. WTF Is Listeria, Anyway?

This bacteria can live in almost any food—and infections are deadly in 1 in 5 cases. Here’s how to stay safe<p>As far as illnesses-causing germs go, Listeria probably isn’t on your radar—until it’s the ONLY thing on your radar.<p>“Listeria is an infection-causing bacteria that contaminates food,” says …

Health

It’s Not a Cold: 5 Apocalyptic Stories Featuring Killer Influenza

Spring has begun, but believe it or not, it’s still flu season. I know, right? I was surprised, too. According to health officials, the virus is …

Viruses

Edamame recalled over Listeria concerns

An Edamame product has been recalled in 33 states due to fears it may be contaminated with potentially fatal listeria bacteria. Advanced Fresh …

Denver

Dixie Dew Products named as maker of E. coli-tainted peanut allergy sub

More cases of E Coli have emerged related to the recall recall of the SoyNut Butter Company’s peanut-allergy substitute products.<p>The Centers for …

Lifestyle

Brazil's Tainted-Meat Probe Leaves World Hungry for Chicken - Bloomberg

Where’s the chicken? That’s the question a number of the world’s biggest poultry importers could find themselves asking after slapping bans on …

Viruses

Expert: Bird flu outbreak nation's worst since 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak that has led officials to euthanize more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation's worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday.<p>Agriculture officials are trying to limit the damage, but it's …

Viruses

Superbug tuberculosis threatens global control efforts

About 1 in 5 cases of TB are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug<p>Rising rates of superbug tuberculosis (TB) are threatening to derail …

Public Health

Africa: Why Cholera Remains a Public Health Threat

analysis<p><i>Cholera has killed millions and remains a major threat to public health. The Conversation Africa's Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja</i> …

Public Health

Thousands of Australians diagnosed with influenza already in 2017

Health experts encourage people to consider visiting their local pharmacy for a flu vaccination this year after a spike in the number of diagnoses.

Public Health

Drug-Resistant Fungus Spreads Among U.S. Healthcare Facilities

This jump in cases may be because of spreading infection, or it may be because of better reporting.<p>A drug-resistant fungus that first emerged in the U.S. only a few years ago has continued to pop up throughout healthcare facilities across the country.<p><i>C. auris</i>, a yeast that has sickened people …

Public Health

Bird-Flu Outbreak Brings Pain for Poultry Producers in Asia

Avian influenza is spreading across Asia in what may be the worst outbreak in seven years, as the human death toll rises and chickens are culled in Japan, South Korea and China in an effort to contain the disease.<p>In January and February, 140 people in China died from bird flu, according to the …

Viruses

Backpacking Lyme Disease Prevention

Some people think I’m cracked when it comes to the preventive measures I take to avoid tick bites and getting Lyme Disease. But I still haven’t …

Camping

Bird flu confirmed in 2 poultry flocks in north Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have confirmed bird flu in two poultry flocks, just a week after three commercial breeders had to kill their chickens across the state line in Tennessee.<p>The state veterinarian announced that chickens are under quarantine after testing positive for the …

Alabama

New superbug could be epidemic, scientists find

Expert urges strict regulations on use of antibiotics, further researchChinese scientists have discovered a new drug-resistant strain of bacteria …

Public Health

Multiple Brands of Pig Ears Recalled Due to Salmonella | March 2017

March 20, 2017 — EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Barnsdale Farms, HoundsTooth and Mac’s Choice pig ears because they …

Salmonella

Second Tyson Breeder Farm Flock Tests Positive For Bird Flu

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (KFSM) — A second Tennessee chicken farm that has a contract with Tyson Foods has tested positive for avian influenza last …

Viruses

Tiny genetic change lets bird flu leap to humans

<b>A change in just a single genetic "letter" of the flu virus allows bird flu to pass to humans, according to scientists.</b><p>Monitoring birds for viruses that carry the change could provide early warning of risk to people, they say.<p>Researchers at the University of Hong Kong studied a strain of bird flu …

Viruses

It’s the age of the antibiotic revolution, not apocalypse

Bad news sells papers. Or as Elliot Carver, the media mogul set on world domination in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies put it: “There’s no news …

Viruses

Dangerous Lyme Disease Outbreak Imminent! Scientists Urge...

Scientists predict a rapid increase in the number of Lyme disease patients in 2017. They attribute this prognosis to the extreme increase in the …

Viruses

Edamame Sold in Tri-State Recalled Over Listeria Fears

What to Know<p>The edamame was sold in more than a dozen states, including New York and Connecticut<p>Listeria can cause serious infections in some …

New York City

Bird flu in Kelantan: China bans imports of bird's nest from Malaysia

SINGAPORE: China has imposed a temporary restriction on imports of bird’s nest from Malaysia, following an outbreak of bird flu in the northeastern …

China

Asian flu strains can enter North America through Alaska, study finds

Influenza strains come in many subtypes, which are classified by the structure of two proteins (abbreviated H and N) found on the surface of their …

Biodiversity

Yellow Fever Could Spread From Brazil

Top infectious disease experts are warning about a rapidly spreading outbreak of deadly yellow fever in Brazil that could hit parts of the United …

Public Health

New Drug Could Treat Superbugs Without Fostering Resistance

Most people go to the hospital expecting to get better. It’s a pretty reasonable expectation, right? Well, some unfortunate patients emerge from …

Medicine