As food-poisoning outbreaks sweep America, here’s what an expert says pregnant women should refuse to eat

Getty Images With an uptick in news about food-poisoning outbreaks, pregnant women need to be aware of which foods carry certain risks. Foodborne illnesses such as listeria can be riskier for pregnant women and their unborn children than the average person.  Food-poisoning expert Bill Marler advises people to avoid foods including sprouts, raw eggs, and pre-cut […]

Baltimore’s 911 system, Boeing join Atlanta in week of crypto-malware outbreaks

Enlarge / Ransomware took Baltimore’s 911 system offline on March 24 and 25 as the city’s IT department worked to isolate and restore the computer-assisted dispatch network. (credit: Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images) Last Friday, the City of Atlanta was struck by a ransomware attack that took much of the city’s internal and external […]

CDC official who handled Zika and Ebola outbreaks mysteriously missing

A respected Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official who worked on the Ebola and Zika outbreaks has disappeared without a trace. He was last seen leaving work midway through the day, saying he was feeling ill. The Harvard-educated epidemiologist and US Navy officer Timothy J. Cunningham, 35, has been missing since February 12, […]

Satellites help predict malaria outbreaks months in advance

Malaria is one of the greatest health threats in tropical regions like the Amazon, but predicting its spread is difficult. While it’s no secret that mosquitoes prefer warm air and standing pools of water, how do you translate that awareness to a large scale? By getting a little help from orbit, apparently. Researchers are using […]

Deadly, drug-resistant fungus sparks outbreaks in UK—and it’s stalking US

Enlarge / A strain of Candida auris cultured in a petri dish at the CDC. (credit: CDC) More than 200 patients in more than 55 UK hospitals were discovered by healthcare workers to be infected or colonized by the multi-drug resistant fungus Candida auris, a globally emerging yeast pathogen that has experts nervous. Three of […]

HIV Treatment Contributes To Syphilis Outbreaks, New Study Finds

Antiretroviral drugs or drugs used in the treatment of infections caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) could make patients more susceptible to diseases, particularly syphilis, a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia has found. The study published on Jan. 16 in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections found that taking drugs […]