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Cholera Outbreak Strikes 29 Countries, Highlights Vaccine Shortage
The international group coordinating emergency vaccines recommends administering one dose instead of two to combat the “dire shortage” of cholera vaccines worldwide.
Cholera Outbreak Strikes 29 Countries, Highlights Vaccine Shortage
Cholera Outbreak Strikes 29 Countries, Highlights Vaccine Shortage

The international group coordinating emergency vaccines recommends administering one dose instead of two to combat the “dire shortage” of cholera vaccines worldwide.

The international group coordinating emergency vaccines recommends administering one dose instead of two to combat the “dire shortage” of cholera vaccines worldwide.

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Microscope visualization of Candida albicans in an esophageal sample from a rhesus monkey with thrush
Fungal Pathogens Flourish in the Pandemic’s Shadow
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Oct 25, 2022 | 3 min read
The World Health Organization’s first ever fungal priority pathogens list highlights the growing threat of fungal diseases and antifungal resistance.
People in protective gear enter a building during an Ebola simulation exercise in Uganda in 2019. 
Uganda Declares Ebola Outbreak After Fatality
Katherine Irving | Sep 20, 2022 | 2 min read
The outbreak of the Sudan strain of ebolavirus, which includes eight other suspected cases, is the first to hit Uganda in more than a decade.
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Unidentified Bleeding Disease Kills Three in Tanzania
Andy Carstens | Jul 15, 2022 | 1 min read
Thirteen people with the illness have tested negative for Ebola and Marburg. The Tanzanian government continues to investigate the source.
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Marburg Virus Detected in Ghana for First Time
Andy Carstens | Jul 8, 2022 | 2 min read
Preliminary testing indicates that the two people died from the Ebola-like virus, the World Health Organization says.
Micrograph of a beta cell, where insulin granules are shown as blue small balls, mitochondria are colored green, and a fraction of the cell nucleus appears in purple.
Diabetes Linked to Malnutrition Is Metabolically Unique: Study
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Jun 16, 2022 | 5 min read
Results from a small sample of Indian males suggest that lean individuals with a history of malnutrition suffer from a distinct type of diabetes characterized by a defect in insulin secretion.
A transmission electron microscopic image of a tissue section containing variola virus particles, the pathogen responsible for causing smallpox in humans
Opinion: Destroy All Samples of the Smallpox Virus
Gigi Gronvall and Tara Kirk Sell | Jun 1, 2022 | 3 min read
With a global alarm ringing because of an unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox, we should also consider a different but closely related viral threat.
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Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022 | 4 min read
And does it even matter?
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WHO Scientist Mwele Malecela Dies at 59
Pradip Chatterjee | Mar 4, 2022 | 3 min read
Her achievements included developing a roadmap to tackle neglected tropical diseases.
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What We Learned About COVID-19 in 2021
Shawna Williams | Dec 16, 2021 | 3 min read
As Omicron induces a sense of deja vu at the close of the year, we look back at a few key ways in which our understanding has moved forward.
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Hope, Concern Surround WHO Green Light of First Malaria Vaccine
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 28, 2021 | 10 min read
RTS,S has several flaws but could still save tens of thousands of lives, experts say.
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WHO Restarts Investigation of COVID-19 Emergence with New Panel
Chloe Tenn | Sep 28, 2021 | 3 min read
A new, more diverse group of researchers is being appointed take over the stalled investigation.
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Book Excerpt from You Bet Your Life
Paul A. Offit | Sep 21, 2021 | 4 min read
In his book’s Introduction, physician-scientist Paul A. Offit reviews the unusual constellation of circumstances around the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
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What We Know About Mu, the WHO’s Latest Variant of Interest
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Sep 7, 2021 | 2 min read
The SARS-CoV-2 variant was first detected in January, but its rising prevalence and potential resistance to vaccines has garnered it special attention from the World Health Organization.
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Ivory Coast Confirms First Ebola Case Since 1994
Annie Melchor | Aug 16, 2021 | 3 min read
Officials say it’s not yet clear whether this case is linked to an outbreak in Guinea earlier this summer.
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Marburg Virus Disease Detected in West Africa for First Time
Shawna Williams | Aug 10, 2021 | 2 min read
The finding of the Ebola-like disease, which killed a man in Guinea, has prompted public health measures.
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WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome Editing
Annie Melchor | Jul 12, 2021 | 3 min read
The guidance comes after two years of consulting with hundreds of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, religious leaders, patient groups, and scientists.
gloved hand holding test tube of blood with a label marking the sample as positive for malaria. There are tubes with lids of various colors in the background.
China Is Malaria-Free, Says World Health Organization
Annie Melchor | Jun 30, 2021 | 2 min read
The certification, a major accomplishment for the world’s most populous nation, may serve as an example to other countries struggling with malaria eradication.
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BioHub Network Aims to Advance Sharing of Pathogens for Research
Shawna Williams | Jun 6, 2021 | 5 min read
The World Health Organization–led program will promote equity in addition to facilitating access to samples, a WHO official involved in the project tells The Scientist.
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Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine on Hold in Some Countries
Asher Jones | Mar 12, 2021 | 2 min read
Rollouts of the shot have ground to a halt following reports of blood clots, but health authorities say that these fears are unfounded and vaccination programs should continue.
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