By Michael Coston at Avian Flu Diary While avian influenza news updates (official and otherwise) are notoriously hard to come by over the New Year’s Holiday, this morning we do have a statement...

Thee Philippines is facing one of the fastest-growing epidemics of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the Asia-Pacific region. According to official statistics, HIV prevalence among men who have sex...

Puffer fish poisoning, or tetrodotoxication from the ingestion of “butete” resulted in three of the four “food poisoning” fatalities in the Western Visayas region on the Philippines,...

Hong Kong health officials report investigating another confirmed human case of of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hong Kong, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental...

Japanese health officials are reporting an increase in norovirus infections, in fact, it’s at the highest levels in a decade, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. The number...

In a follow-up on the 17th imported human H7N9 avian influenza case in Hong Kong, and the first of this winter, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported the patient died on Christmas. The 75-year-old...

In 2015, Thailand health officials saw 142,925 reported dengue fever cases, with 141 fatalities. This included the death of Thai actor, Thrisadee “Por” Sahawong. Health officials at the time predicted...

“Medical tourism” refers to traveling to another country for medical care.  The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)  reports that the Centers for...

On Tuesday, the Vietnamese Department of Preventive Medicine issued a public health warning for potential disease outbreaks due to prolonged flooding in central provinces. The health ministry has requested...

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today that in view of a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic...