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In January, health officials began an aggressive vaccination campaign to counter the spreading disease.

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European Measles Cases Quadrupled in 2017

By Shawna Williams | February 20, 2018

The increase is attributed to a drop in immunization rates.

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New evidence supports the idea that a drop in concentrations of the disinfectant during the town’s water crisis caused several deaths and severe illness.

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These are the first known cases of individuals catching the virus from their pets in Canada or the U.S.

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Urine Test for TB Yields Results in 12 Hours

By Jef Akst | December 14, 2017

The new test could improve upon two current methods to diagnose tuberculosis—a skin test or culturing bacteria from saliva, both of which take days.

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Plague Ravaging Madagascar

By Kerry Grens | October 10, 2017

Nearly four dozen people have died.

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Pregnant and lactating women are particularly vulnerable to the disease.

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Zika's Economic Burden

By Jef Akst | May 11, 2017

A new analysis estimates that the viral disease could cost between $183 million and more than $10 billion in the U.S. alone. 

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Public Health Leader Dies

By Kerry Grens | October 26, 2016

Jack Woodall, an epidemiologist and former columnist at The Scientist, cofounded the infectious disease outbreak reporting system ProMED. 

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Virus Linked to Birds’ Deformed Beaks

By Alison F. Takemura | August 17, 2016

Scientists have identified a virus that may be responsible for avian keratin disorder.

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