WHO warns outbreak of flu-like illness could circulate in 36 hours, kill 80m people
A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people.
Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue
Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia -- dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains.
Ten health issues demand urgent attention in 2019, says WHO
The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria...
Diagnostic tool detects disease-carrying mosquitoes
Researchers investigating the pathogens that transmit Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya or yellow fever would heave a sigh of relief, as a new diagnostic tool that detects these microorganisms has been developed.
‘Killer' mosquitoes deployed to fight Zika, dengue, yellow fever
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika, according to the journal Nature. On November 3, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a…
First dengue vaccine goes on sale
The world's first vaccine against dengue, a mosquito-borne virus that causes fever and pain and can be fatal, will go on sale in Guatemala within weeks, the French company making it said Tuesday.
NIMR tasks government on research prioritisation
Deputy Director Research at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Sam Awolola, has called on government to prioritise research in the country.