Nigeria has been battling a Lassa fever outbreak since late 2016, but a recent increase in incidence, more than 600 cases since the beginning of 2018, is raising concerns that the outbreak could be worse than 2017.
Outbreaks of norovirus, seasonal influenza, and avian influenza on the Korean Peninsula leading up to the Winter Olympic Games are raising concern about the potential for sparking widespread transmission or a pandemic. We look at the actual risk posed by infectious diseases at the Olympics.
World Leprosy Day was recognized on Sunday, January 28. Leprosy, formally known as Hansen's Disease, primarily affects vulnerable populations in developing countries around the world. Victims are often vilified and stigmatized over fear of their disease, further challenging their efforts to seek care.
Unless the United States commits additional funding to support the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), the US CDC will be forced to eliminate public health preparedness and response support programs in nearly 40 countries. Not only do these cutbacks affect local outbreak prevention, detection, and response capabilities, they could also hamstring domestic outbreak readiness and response.
Facing the prospect of a growing cholera outbreak, the Zambian government experienced pushback by the public against some public health interventions aimed at controlling the outbreak.
Influenza incidence is on the rise across the country, and deaths among younger adults may signal that early predictions of a particularly severe flu season may have been accurate.
Populations forcibly displaced from their homes by natural disasters, persecution, and conflict are extremely vulnerable to a myriad of infectious disease and other health threats. We take a look at two ongoing outbreaks among refugees in Bangladesh and Kenya.
Outbreak Observatory takes a look back at outbreaks in 2017.
Minnesota has recently seen a concerning increase in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis cases.
The United Kingdom has been battling a growing outbreak of measles, with all cases tied to larger outbreaks occurring in other European countries.