The World Health Organization (WHO) published a bulletin today that reveals the enormity of the sexually transmitted infection problem globally. The report notes that more than 376 million new cases annually...

Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. It is also rarely contracted through breaks in the skin or...

India health officials have confirmed a Nipah virus case in Kerala state, almost exactly a year after an outbreak sickened 18 and killed 17 in 2018. Reports note that the 23-year-old college student is...

Los Angeles’ Skid row area is overrun with trash and rats and feces and it is going to, if not already, cause a public health problem. LAPD employees contracting typhoid, flea-borne typhus increasing...

In today’s news brief, I follow-up on yesterday’s show with more on sexually transmitted infections. In a research letter published online in JAMA Pediatrics, we find that fewer than 60% of...

Tragic and Preventable! Congenital syphilis, or syphilis in a fetus or infant at birth, is a horrible disease resulting in devastating health outcomes, including stillbirth. Live-born infants with congenital...

By Robert Herriman  @bactiman63 Two people in #Mongolia who died from #plague in late April after reportedly consuming raw marmot meat. Some were skeptical of this transmission route; however, here I...

By Robert Herriman  @bactiman63 Today, both the New York City Department of Health and the NY State Department of Health released updated measles numbers, just following the Centers for Disease Control...

In this news brief, with summertime upon us–hot weather and warming of the waters–I wanted to spend some time looking at the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. I look at the parasite...

In this news brief, I look at the recent human infections with rat hepatitis E virus (rat HEV), the first cases, a Canadian case and a little about human HEV. African swine fever in Asia Hepatitis A...