Viruses

Trump administration developing first-ever bio-defense strategy

The Trump administration is developing the first comprehensive strategy to defend the United States against disease pandemics and biological attacks by terrorists, the top White House homeland security official said on Thursday.<p>“We have not had as a country a comprehensive bio-defense strategy …

Smallpox

To Shrink The Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Of Them

Support the news<p>This summer, scientists in California are releasing 20 million mosquitoes in an effort to shrink the population of mosquitoes that …

Florida Keys

Chipotle Falls Again, Thanks to Norovirus and Mice - Bloomberg

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s rough week isn’t over yet.<p>Shares of the burrito chain fell for a fifth day after it was hit by a fresh wave of damaging …

Norovirus

'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

<b>Cows have shown an "insane" and "mind-blowing" ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers.</b><p>In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV.<p>It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their …

NIAID

Paris to gather 6000 AIDS experts to assess epidemic - France - RFI

In their 36-year battle, researchers have always come up short against the virus' guerrilla tactics -- hiding out in human cells and playing dead only to reemerge and attack as soon as treatment is stopped.<p>Today's research is about finding ways to keep the virus dormant with as few drugs and …

NIAID

Chipotle Customer Tested Positive For Norovirus

The day after a Virginia Chipotle reopened following a temporarily closure for sanitization after more than a dozen patrons reported becoming ill …

Norovirus

Traveling to Europe? Protect yourself from measles

Peak summer travel season is in full swing and government health officials are reminding those going abroad to take steps to protect themselves …

Public Health

Everything You Must Know About Mosquitoes This Summer

Ah, summer! More sunshine, more outdoor adventures…and more mosquitoes (blech). The vampiric little buggers peak in July and August, and they're not …

Diets

Textbook-Rewriting Discovery Could Help Predict the Next Influenza Pandemic

Every year we go through the same motions: Scientists figure out what the most common flu strains will be, and prepare a vaccine that will best …

Flu

9 things that make mosquitoes bite you more

Mosquitoes choose their prey — you, perhaps — based on a combination of factors.<p>But there's good news: Some things that might make you attractive to mosquitoes you can actually change. Scientific research has found evidence supporting several factors that encourage the insects to seek you out.<p>These …

Chipotle is falling after it confirms norovirus is behind the recent illness outbreak (CMG)

Hollis Johnson<p>Chipotle is down 2.40% on Thursday after health officials confirmed that Norovirus was behind the rash of sickness reported by people who ate at one if its restaurants.<p>The fast-casual burrito chain recently closed a store in Sterling, Virginia, after several customers reported nausea, …

Norovirus

Woman reunited with her long-lost purse — and the priceless photos inside

A South Carolina woman has been reunited with her purse — 25 years after it first went missing near a lake. Local fishing enthusiast Brodie Brooks, …

NIAID

Scientists say record floods could brew bad batch of mosquitoes

Heavy rains that brought record flooding to communities north of Chicago could deliver an ecological one-two punch as the receding waters provide a perfect nursery for mosquitoes.<p>Demand for anti-insect products has escalated this summer as experts warn that the region's mosquito season is starting …

Weather

Rare tapeworm infecting Albertans warrants closer watch

A rare type of tapeworm recently found in Alberta has infected four people in as many years, enough cases that the parasitic disease could warrant …

Infectious Diseases

How Google searches are used to track infectious diseases

Google searches could be a game changer for monitoring illnesses around the world.<p>New research indicates online searches can indeed help health officials track diseases. The findings follow previous attempts that yielded mixed results.<p>A team from Harvard University has accurately -- and quickly -- …

Infectious Diseases

Rift Valley fever virus illustrates interdependence between environment, global health

Formerly bound to the African continent, recent cases of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) in western nations and China warrant increased vigilance …

Stanford University

Small Pest, Big Battle

The Aedes aegypti mosquito may be tiny but it can wreak major havoc on human health, spreading diseases such as Zika, dengue fever and yellow …

Genetics

Reading to hold forum on mosquito health risks

Local residents have an opportunity to learn more about the health risks posed by mosquitoes and ticks and efforts to address them at a forum in …

Boston

Skin vaccination with microneedle patch, influenza fusion protein improves efficacy of flu vaccines

A boosting skin vaccination with a biodegradable microneedle patch and protein constructed from sequences of influenza virus subtypes could improve …

Public Health

Wall Street Sees Darks Days Ahead for Chipotle After Norovirus Outbreak In Virginia

Even though Chipotle (cmg) is emphasizing that the norovirus outbreak at a Virginia location is an isolated incident, Wall Street seems to agree that …

Norovirus

Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak | Miami Herald

Australia is contributing funds to help Sri Lanka combat its worst outbreak of dengue fever, which has claimed 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 …

Sri Lanka

Norovirus Is the Worst. Here's What to Know About It

Chipotle confirmed on Tuesday that multiple customers were sickened after eating at a location in Sterling, Va., reporting symptoms consistent with …

Norovirus

Vaccines promoted as key to stamping out drug-resistant microbes

Immunization can stop resistant infections before they get started, say scientists from industry and academia.<p>The battle against drug-resistant …

Medicine

How A Single Mosquito Bite Nearly Ended This Artist's Life

“I woke up in the middle of the night as if my body was burning from inside," she said.<p><i>This article is part of HuffPost’s</i> <i>Project Zero</i> <i>campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them.</i><p>British artist Emma Harrison moved to Myanmar at age 25 to start a furniture …

Public Health

Chipotle mum on status of restaurant linked to outbreak

No one was answering the phone at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tripleseven Road in Sterling, VA, Tuesday evening and no one from the chain’s …

Norovirus

West Nile Virus found in Cambridge mosquitoes

State health officials reported on July 13 that a mosquito sample in Cambridge tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito sample was collected …

Boston

The flu vaccines are coming: GSK, Sanofi ship the first of more than 150M doses headed to U.S.

It's the heat of the summer, when few are thinking about the coming influenza threat. But top vaccine manufacturers have already kicked off their flu …

Flu

Chipotle gets slammed with another food-safety scare

Chipotle has suffered yet another food-borne illness outbreak — one severe enough to leave the restaurant chain with a half-billon-dollar stomachache.<p>…

Norovirus

Chipotle shuts Virginia store after reports of illnesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle says it temporarily shut down a restaurant in a Washington, D.C., suburb following reports of customers becoming ill, marking what could be a setback in the chain's efforts to recover from past food scares.<p>The company says it shut down a location in Sterling, Virginia, on …

Norovirus

Most Parents Unaware About Teen Vaccines: National Poll

National poll finds that many parents rely on their child health providers to guide them on vaccines in early childhood and even during the teen …

Vaccination