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It's already a record-breaking year for dengue in the Americas, setting a new high for cases of the virus.
11/27/2019
Dengue cases in the Americas have reached an all-time high

It's already a record-breaking year for dengue in the Americas, setting a new high for cases of the virus.

There have been more dengue cases in the Americas this year than ever before, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

After misusing typhoid antibiotics for years, drug resistant strains of the disease are becoming much more common worldw...
11/27/2019
Drug Resistant Typhoid Could Become More Common | Passport Health

After misusing typhoid antibiotics for years, drug resistant strains of the disease are becoming much more common worldwide.

After strains of antibiotic resistant typhoid spread in Pakistan and India years ago, the disease has only reached more places. By relying too much on the drugs to fight typhoid, many other countries…

In early studies, a drug for HIV has been able to fight the effects of the Zika virus.
11/26/2019
HIV Drug May Help Fight Zika Infections | Passport Health

In early studies, a drug for HIV has been able to fight the effects of the Zika virus.

Still looking for any new method to fight Zika, researchers may have found a breakthrough with an HIV drug. In early studies, rilpivirne has shown the ability to slow down the deadly effects of Zika…

How can a measles infection make the human body forget how to fight other diseases?
11/23/2019
Measles Can Make Body Forget Past Antibodies | Passport Health

How can a measles infection make the human body forget how to fight other diseases?

For years, we've known about both the many dangers of measles. The virus can be deadly shortly after the infection starts, also leading to life-threatening problems later in life. One new long-term…

Scientists will try to sterilize mosquitoes in a new technique to slow down the spread of diseases.
11/22/2019
Officials to Sterilize Mosquitoes to Slow Diseases | Passport Health

Scientists will try to sterilize mosquitoes in a new technique to slow down the spread of diseases.

Still without a vaccine for many mosquito-borne diseases, scientists are trying a new method to slow the viruses: sterilizing mosquitoes. Sterile Insect Technique has already been used for decades on…

In their first month ever offering tourist visas, Saudi Arabia received almost 80,000 visa applications.
11/21/2019
Saudi Arabia’s First Tourist Visas Now Available | Passport Health

In their first month ever offering tourist visas, Saudi Arabia received almost 80,000 visa applications.

Saudi Arabia announced this year that they would start allowing tourist visas to foreign travelers. Visitors from 50 countries can now visit the Middle Eastern country without religious or business…

Ebola is still considered an emergency in the DRC, but lower weekly cases and a vaccine close to approval has created ho...
11/20/2019
Ebola Outbreak Still an Emergency in the DRC | Passport Health

Ebola is still considered an emergency in the DRC, but lower weekly cases and a vaccine close to approval has created hope to end the outbreak.

The DRC's Ebola virus outbreak has lasted for months, but the number of weekly cases have finally started to drop. But despite some success, the Ebola outbreak is still an emergency in the DRC.…

After three people were recently diagnosed with the plague in China, many are now worried about further cases or a possi...
11/19/2019
Outbreak Worries After Three Plague Cases in China | Passport Health

After three people were recently diagnosed with the plague in China, many are now worried about further cases or a possible outbreak.

Multiple confirmed cases of the plague in China have many scared about more cases of the virus. Two people were diagnosed with pneumonic plague recently, while a third Mongolian man was confirmed…

Over 700 people in Samoa have been infected with measles, causing officials to declare a state of emergency.
11/18/2019
Samoa Closes Schools as Measles Epidemic Kills at Least 6

Over 700 people in Samoa have been infected with measles, causing officials to declare a state of emergency.

“This is very much out of control,” a vaccine expert said, as the Pacific island country barred children from public gatherings and declared mandatory immunizations.

Two patients in China were confirmed to have the most dangerous form of the plague.
11/15/2019
China Reports 2 Cases Of The Most Dangerous Type Of Plague

Two patients in China were confirmed to have the most dangerous form of the plague.

Authorities have censored Chinese-language news of the hospitalization of a couple who traveled from Mongolia to Beijing for treatment, perhaps to tamp down fears.

When sick with the flu or a cold, why do many employees work from home or even come into the office?
11/15/2019
Should You Work From Home While Sick? | Passport Health

When sick with the flu or a cold, why do many employees work from home or even come into the office?

Many employees around the world don't have a choice when they get sick. Workers will fight through a cold or flu to get into the office or even work from home. But, should those be the options for…

After an epidemic that's lasted for nearly a decade, Haiti has now gone 9 months without a new cholera case.
11/14/2019
Zero new confirmed cholera cases in Haiti for nine months: UN envoy

After an epidemic that's lasted for nearly a decade, Haiti has now gone 9 months without a new cholera case.

Although Haiti is in the “homestretch” of defeating a cholera outbreak first declared nine years ago, the battle is far from over before the country is free of the deadly disease.

After only 66 cases at this point last year, New Jersey has already confirmed over 500 cases of hepatitis A in 2019.
11/14/2019
Hepatitis A Cases Rise Throughout New Jersey | Passport Health

After only 66 cases at this point last year, New Jersey has already confirmed over 500 cases of hepatitis A in 2019.

Much like other parts of the United States, New Jersey is seeing a dangerous number of hepatitis A cases. The state has already confirmed over 500 cases of hepatitis A this year, a significant…

Scientists may have found another tool to help fight skin cancer with HPV.
11/13/2019
How a virus might protect against skin cancer

Scientists may have found another tool to help fight skin cancer with HPV.

A recent study investigating the role of papillomaviruses in skin cancer produces surprising results. These viruses may, in fact, protect against cancer.

The flu season is off to a quick and alarming start in Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
11/13/2019
Louisiana, Puerto Rico See Early Spike in Flu | Passport Health

The flu season is off to a quick and alarming start in Louisiana and Puerto Rico.

The flu season usually takes a few months before regions start seeing dangerous numbers, but Louisiana and Puerto Rico are seeing high numbers early. The CDC confirms over 600 cases of the flu and…

An experimental tuberculosis vaccine has shown improvement, possibly preventing millions of new cases.
11/12/2019
New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests

An experimental tuberculosis vaccine has shown improvement, possibly preventing millions of new cases.

There are 10 million new cases each year of tuberculosis, now the leading infectious cause of death worldwide. Even a partly effective vaccine could help turn the tide.

Burundi's malaria outbreak has already caused over 7 million cases of malaria and nearly 3,000 deaths.
11/08/2019
Over 7 Million Malaria Cases in Burundi Outbreak | Passport Health

Burundi's malaria outbreak has already caused over 7 million cases of malaria and nearly 3,000 deaths.

The year may not be over yet, but Burundi has already dealt with an alarming number of malaria cases and deaths. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus has caused over 7 million infections…

Seasonal diseases go beyond the flu. Which other illnesses come and go depending on the time of the year?
11/07/2019
Influenza Isn’t the Only Seasonal Disease | Passport Health

Seasonal diseases go beyond the flu. Which other illnesses come and go depending on the time of the year?

Many people plan for the flu season, getting a flu shot and practicing better hygiene to stay virus-free during those months. But, like the flu, many diseases pose a much higher risk depending on…

What makes your arm so sore after receiving a flu shot?
11/05/2019
Why Does Your Arm Hurt After You Get a Flu Shot?

What makes your arm so sore after receiving a flu shot?

If you’ve ever received a flu shot, you may have noticed that your upper arm is sore for a day or two afterward. Here’s why.

After peaking at the height of tourist season, Spain declares an end the country's worst listeria outbreak.
11/01/2019
Spain Declares an End to Listeria Outbreak | Passport Health

After peaking at the height of tourist season, Spain declares an end the country's worst listeria outbreak.

As many travelers trekked to Spain for the great weather, sites and food, the country was trying to slow an ongoing health risk. A listeria outbreak in Spain caused over 200 confirmed cases, 3 deaths…

Experts will soon try using a second Ebola vaccine to fight the DRC's ongoing outbreak.
10/31/2019
Second Ebola vaccine to be used soon in DRC outbreak

Experts will soon try using a second Ebola vaccine to fight the DRC's ongoing outbreak.

The company developing the experimental product, Johnson & Johnson, said it is donating enough of the product to vaccinate up to 500,000 people.

How does the flu season change between different cities and towns?
10/31/2019
Each City Experiences Flu Season Differently | Passport Health

How does the flu season change between different cities and towns?

Big city or small town, across the country people are trying to avoid getting sick during the flu season. But, that doesn't mean the virus spreads the same way in urban and rural areas. Large and…

We are one day away from Halloween, but what are the most terrifying places in the world that you can visit year round?
10/30/2019
The Most Terrifying Places on Earth

We are one day away from Halloween, but what are the most terrifying places in the world that you can visit year round?

From hell-themed amusement parks to islands covered with snakes, these are some of the scariest spots in the world—visit them if you dare.

Which items can help office workers stay healthy and flu free in the coming months?
10/26/2019
Five Items to Help Stay Flu Free at the Office | Passport Health

Which items can help office workers stay healthy and flu free in the coming months?

During the flu season, there are few places that create a higher risk for the virus than the office. Luckily, office workers have some tools that they can use to fight off the virus while at work.…

Why did Japan import dangerous illnesses like Ebola, Lassa fever and Marburg virus for the 2020 Olympics?
10/25/2019
Japan Imports Ebola, Other Viruses Before Olympics | Passport Health

Why did Japan import dangerous illnesses like Ebola, Lassa fever and Marburg virus for the 2020 Olympics?

With less than a year until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has imported Ebola and other similar viruses for preparation. Officials are looking to research Ebola virus, Lassa fever and Marburg…

Achieving one more milestone against the virus, the world has eradicated the second of 3 polio types.
10/24/2019
'Milestone' in polio eradication achieved

Achieving one more milestone against the virus, the world has eradicated the second of 3 polio types.

The last case of a key form of polio was seen four years ago - but another is still circulating.

Many people avoid getting the flu shot out of worries that it will give them the virus, but some details in the vaccine ...
10/24/2019
Can I Get the Flu from the Flu Shot? | Passport Health

Many people avoid getting the flu shot out of worries that it will give them the virus, but some details in the vaccine remove those risks.

Even in the midst of a new flu season, many worry that receiving the flu shot could get them sick with the virus. But, there is actually no chance that the flu vaccine can give a person the virus.…

Doctors advise higher-risk groups like pregnant women and the elderly to get the flu shot now before the season kicks in...
10/23/2019
Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

Doctors advise higher-risk groups like pregnant women and the elderly to get the flu shot now before the season kicks into high gear.

Pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are particularly vulnerable to flu complications yet lag the elderly in getting vaccinated.

Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are among the non-communicable diseases rising at a dangerous rate in Africa.
10/23/2019
Non-Communicable Diseases on the Rise in Africa | Passport Health

Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are among the non-communicable diseases rising at a dangerous rate in Africa.

Diseases like malaria, HIV and cholera remain a deadly risk throughout Africa. But, in the last two decades, non-communicable diseases have also risen across the continent. Diseases like diabetes,…

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