New Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC Months After Previous Outbreak
New Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC Months After Previous Outbreak
Ebola virus was detected in samples from a child who died last week, the World Health Organization and Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health announce.
New Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC Months After Previous Outbreak
New Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC Months After Previous Outbreak

Ebola virus was detected in samples from a child who died last week, the World Health Organization and Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health announce.

Ebola virus was detected in samples from a child who died last week, the World Health Organization and Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health announce.

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Ivory Coast Confirms First Ebola Case Since 1994
Ivory Coast Confirms First Ebola Case Since 1994
Annie Melchor | Aug 16, 2021
Officials say it’s not yet clear whether this case is linked to an outbreak in Guinea earlier this summer.
Tracking Companion Animal Disease
Tracking Companion Animal Disease
Anthony King | Aug 3, 2021
Surveillance networks set up to detect outbreaks among pets could one day have public health uses too.  
Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance
Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance
Christie Wilcox | Jul 30, 2021
A patient caught the rare disease in Nigeria before flying through two US airports, exposing more than 200 people from 27 states.
Opinion: Comparing Coronaviruses
Opinion: Comparing Coronaviruses
Nicola Petrosillo | Jun 1, 2021
In addition to continued scruitiny of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, research on similar pathogens could aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and future disease outbreaks.
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Ebola Outbreak in Guinea Originated from Past Epidemic
Ebola Outbreak in Guinea Originated from Past Epidemic
Asher Jones | Mar 15, 2021
Genetic analyses suggest that the virus came from a patient who survived the 2013–2016 West African outbreak.
Second Person Dies in Latest Ebola Outbreak in DRC
Second Person Dies in Latest Ebola Outbreak in DRC
Catherine Offord | Feb 11, 2021
The woman may have had a link to another person, who was married to an Ebola survivor and who died a few days previously in Democratic Republic of Congo.
One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Prevents Severe Disease
One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Prevents Severe Disease
Asher Jones | Jan 29, 2021
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is less effective at preventing COVID-19 than other approved vaccines are, but experts say it could still be an important tool in curbing the pandemic.
Cold-Causing Coronaviruses Don’t Seem to Confer Lasting Immunity
Cold-Causing Coronaviruses Don’t Seem to Confer Lasting Immunity
Shawna Williams | Aug 18, 2020
Studies on SARS-CoV-2’s milder cousins hint that our immune systems are quick to forget the viruses, but it’s unclear whether the same is true for the agent that causes COVID-19.
Characteristics that Give Viruses Pandemic Potential
Characteristics that Give Viruses Pandemic Potential
Anthony King | Aug 17, 2020
A handful of factors tip the scales in making a virus more likely to trigger a disruptive global outbreak. Right now, scientists tend to rank influenza, coronaviruses, and Nipah virus as the biggest threats.
Table: Viruses that Threaten to Spark Another Pandemic
Table: Viruses that Threaten to Spark Another Pandemic
Anthony King | Aug 17, 2020
A coronavirus has been commanding the headlines for months, but strains of influenza and paramyxovirus are extremely dangerous pathogens that could spark outbreaks.
Russia Approves World’s First Coronavirus Vaccine
Russia Approves World’s First Coronavirus Vaccine
Jef Akst | Aug 11, 2020
Some researchers express skepticism given the lack of data about the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, and the country plans to vaccinate healthcare workers, teachers, and others even before testing is complete.
Infographic: Meet R, the Shaky Metric Guiding Pandemic Forecasts
Infographic: Meet R, the Shaky Metric Guiding Pandemic Forecasts
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 25, 2020
The basic reproductive R0, along with the more malleable effective reproduction number Re, are centerpieces of most epidemiological models that are informing government responses to COVID-19.
Why R0 Is Problematic for Predicting COVID-19 Spread
Why R0 Is Problematic for Predicting COVID-19 Spread
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 13, 2020
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has revealed the limitations of R0 as no other disease outbreak has before, at a time when policymakers need accurate forecasts.
How Face Masks Can Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
How Face Masks Can Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Diana Kwon | Jul 8, 2020
As communities and businesses reopen amidst the pandemic, masks—in addition to other social distancing measures—are crucial for preventing new outbreaks.
Swine Flu Strain Has Pandemic Potential: Study
Swine Flu Strain Has Pandemic Potential: Study
Jef Akst | Jun 30, 2020
An influenza virus identified in pigs in China has a concerning mix of genes, but experts say there is no way to know if it will evolve to be transmissible between humans.
WHO Comments Breed Confusion Over Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19
WHO Comments Breed Confusion Over Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19
Jef Akst | Jun 10, 2020
After stating that asymptomatic individuals are unlikely to transmit the novel coronavirus, World Health Organization officials clarify that this is very much an open question.
UK Launches Trial of Contact Tracing App on Isle of Wight
UK Launches Trial of Contact Tracing App on Isle of Wight
Jef Akst | May 6, 2020
Bluetooth-enabled technology will attempt to track people’s interactions on the British island—and potentially elsewhere in the UK—as lockdowns are lifted.
Robert May, Theoretical Ecologist Who Advised UK Gov’t, Dies
Robert May, Theoretical Ecologist Who Advised UK Gov’t, Dies
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2020
The Australian physicist-turned-biologist served as a top scientist in the UK government and president of the Royal Society, among other prestigious appointments.
False Negatives in Quick COVID-19 Test Near 15 Percent: Study
False Negatives in Quick COVID-19 Test Near 15 Percent: Study
Lisa Winter | Apr 21, 2020
Abbott’s ID NOW test missed the most positive samples among five products given the green light by the FDA to use during the pandemic.