Daily Monitor (Uganda)

03/19/2015 Malaria cases on the increase - new study

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 584,000 people, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa, were estimated to have died of malaria in 2013.

Fast Company

03/05/2015 More African Farmland Means More Food—But Also More Plague?

Hundreds of people have died of the plague in Tanzania in the last 30 years, and now scientists think they know why the disease is making a comeback.

Climate Wire

03/04/2015 Human Price of Forest Destruction Paid in Plague

Deforestation to expand agricultural lands may be doing more than contributing to carbon emissions; it could also be exposing more people to diseases like the "Black Death," which devastated populations in the Middle Ages.

NPR's Goats and Soda

02/23/2015 Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague!

Africa needs more food. And to get more food, you need more farmland. There's a relatively simple solution — it's called "land conversion," and it can mean creating new fields to grow crops next to fragments of forest. Only there's a catch. The rats of the forest are drawn to the crops of the farmland — and to the grains that farmers often store outside their homes. And those rats can carry the bacteria that causes plague — the very same plague responsible for claiming millions of lives during the Middle Ages.

National Geographic

11/21/2014 More Than Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat to U.S.

Three tropical diseases—dengue, chagas, and chikungunya—may establish U.S. footholds.

New York Times

11/10/2014 A Rare Form of Malaria Is Spreading in Malaysia

This research was presented by Balbir Singh, the director of malaria research at the University of Malaysia at Sarawak, at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans.

Al Jazeera America

11/07/2014 Kissing bug disease creeps into US, but symptoms often missed

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States have been infected with the potentially fatal kissing bug disease, but U.S. health care workers’ lack of awareness often prevents successful diagnosis and treatment, according to a report released this week.

The Times (South Africa)

11/06/2014 Putting bite on snake venom

Scientists testing a DNA swab were able to identify the species that had bitten someone 100% of the time. Now they are in the process of developing a rapid diagnostic dip stick for snakebite victims. The study was conducted at three medical facilities in Nepal - a country with a high incidence of snakebite.


11/05/2014 Another horrific tropical disease is making headway in the U.S.

Doctors with recent, first-hand experience treating the only disease anyone wants to talk about right now were barred from attending a major medical conference, leaving the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene a bit light on the Ebola this year. Fortunately, the researchers who did attend had plenty of other scary, tropical diseases to discuss, like Chagas, an emerging threat that most Americans don’t see coming.


11/05/2014 Some Ebola Patients Should Get Placebo in Drug Tests: FDA

Some Ebola patients need to forgo potentially life-saving treatments so researchers can see how they fare compared to people who get the experimental drugs, a Food and Drug Administration official said today.

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