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Helen Branswell is STAT’s infectious diseases and public health reporter.
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Science Jul 28New Ebola species is reported for first time in a decade
The family of Ebola viruses has just gotten a bit bigger. The government of Sierra Leone has announced that a new species of Ebola, the sixth, has been discovered there in bats.
World Jun 23Health officials cautiously optimistic dangerous Ebola outbreak is over
Transmission of the deadly virus appears to have stopped — though it is not yet time to pull back on the response operation.
Health Mar 10Flu vaccine grown without eggs provided measurably better protection this season, FDA says
The sole influenza vaccine made in cell culture in the United States may have worked about 20 percent better this flu season than the standard vaccines made in eggs, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday.
Science Feb 24CDC requests funds to build new maximum-security laboratory
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking Congress for money for a new building to house the laboratories that work on the deadliest pathogens known to humankind.
Health Feb 17This year’s awful flu season may have just hit a plateau
It’s too soon to say the flu season has peaked, but it’s at least possible it may have plateaued.
Science Jan 05CDC plans session on preparing for a nuclear detonation
With this week’s bellicose boasting about who has the bigger red button on his desk, an alert Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention felt more than a bit on the nose.
Health Dec 23Traveling over the holidays? Follow these tips to stay healthy
Keep your fingers away from your nose and your mouth. Seriously.
Health Dec 01Flu season arrives early and may peak during the holidays
If you have been planning to get a flu shot but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, the time to act is now — especially if you hope to be healthy at Christmas.
Health Sep 09Third dose of mumps vaccine could help stop outbreaks, researchers say
The findings come as health officials confront large and protracted mumps epidemics that have become more common around the country.
Health Jul 07Brenda Fitzgerald named new CDC director
Georgia’s public health commissioner, Brenda Fitzgerald, will succeed Dr. Tom Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.