Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Stopping cholera in its tracks with bacteriophages

Cholera strikes almost 3 million people each year worldwide, causing 95,000 deaths. An acute diarrheal infection, it's prevalent in regions with inadequate access to clean water and sanitation.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

CDC: 228 measles cases already in 2019

(HealthDay)—The number of measles cases in the United States increased by 22 since last week and now stands at 228, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in an update.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

US communities reach out to homeless as liver disease surges

This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including "the Heart of the Commonwealth" and "Wormtown." Among them was this less-known medical moniker: "Hepatitisville."

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Ebola response in DR Congo 'failing' to contain outbreak: MSF

Efforts to curb the Democratic Republic of Congo's worst Ebola outbreak are stumbling, medical charity MSF warned Thursday, blaming the role of the security forces in the response and their "toxic" relations with local communities.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Survivor antibody clears path for new Ebola vaccine

An antibody taken from an Ebola survivor has been found to target all three human strains of the virus and could eventually lead to an all-purpose vaccine against the killer disease, scientists said Monday.

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Outbreak

Outbreak is a term used in epidemiology to describe an occurrence of disease greater than would otherwise be expected in a particular time and place. It may be small and localized group or impact upon thousands of people across an entire continent. Two linked cases of a rare infectious disease may be sufficient to constitute an outbreak. Outbreaks may also refer to epidemics, which affect a region in a country or a group of countries, or pandemics, which describe global disease outbreaks.

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