Latest epidemics Stories
For many parents, the summer season is a time when they send their children off to camps, but in light of the recent spread of the H1N1 swine flu earlier this year, many parents are opting to keep their children at home.
Beijing's municipal health department says some influenza A H1N1 patients have been treated using traditional Chinese medicine.
The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says there have been 231 confirmed deaths worldwide attributed to the H1N1 virus. WHO says on its Web site that as of Monday, there have been 52,160 cases of the so-called swine flu confirmed in about 100 nations since the outbreak started in Mexico in April. Mexico has had 7,624 cases and the most deaths -- 113 -- while the United States has had the most cases -- 21,449 -- and 87 deaths. Canada is third in cases and deaths, 5,710 and 13,...
Brazilian health authorities began their yearly polio vaccination program on Saturday that will immunize 95% of the countryâ€™s children under the age of five this year.
The swine flu outbreak has called for appropriate and immediate responses from leaders, health officials, virologists and the crucial research community.
The World Health Organization is looking into a potential outbreak of bubonic plague in Libya near the Egyptian border.
On Sunday, Australia announced that it has raised its swine flu alert level during a time that victims have reached a pandemic amount.
Britain is preparing now for an expected surge in swine flu cases when children return from their summer vacations, health officials said. Millions in Britain could be infected, including an estimated 25 percent of healthcare professionals who would be needed to treat others, Department of Health officials told The Daily Telegraph in a story published Friday. An surge in cases is expected this fall when children return to school and again after the Christmas holidays, the Telegraph reported....
Health Department officials say residents of Santa Fe County, N.M., should take precautions amid three confirmed cases of bubonic plague in the county. Paul Ettestad, the state public health veterinarian, said residents also need to be cautious with pets that are allowed outside because the county is seeing a number of bubonic plague cases involving animals, The (Santa Fe) New Mexican said Thursday. Besides the human cases, we're also having animal cases, Ettestad said.
According to a report, Australia's second city of Melbourne has become the "swine flu capital of the world," as the country's confirmed tally of the disease soared to 1,009.
Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), caused by the dengue virus, is among the spectrum of acute febrile tropical disease and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occurring mainly in the tropics it can be life threatening and is caused by four closely related virus stereotypes of the genus Flavivirus. It was identified and named in 1779. It has a nickname of "breakbone fever" due to it causing sever generalized bodyache. It tends to be more prevalent in the urban districts of its range...