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Helen Branswell is STAT’s infectious diseases and public health reporter.
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Health May 24Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus becomes the first African director-general of the World Health Organization
Ethiopia’s former health minister -- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus -- has been elected to serve as the next director-general of the World Health Organization — the first African picked to lead the global health agency.
World May 13Ebola outbreak reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo
To date there have been nine suspected cases of Ebola, three of whom have died, according to local authorities. The first case dates back to April 22.
Health Apr 08This community has slipped through the cracks of the U.S. health care system
Thousands of people in this northwestern corner of Arkansas, many of them working poor, are from a faraway constellation of islands. In all but the fewest cases they will never be able to qualify for Medicaid or Medicare under current…
Health Jan 17A stealthy superbug appears to be spreading in U.S. hospitals, study finds
A new study suggests a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbug may be evading disease surveillance.
Health Jan 13A superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the U.S. kills Nevada woman
Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection.
Health Dec 31Zika threat isn’t over, CDC director warns pregnant women thinking about beach vacations
CDC Director Tom Frieden said he is worried that people may think the worst of Zika is over and that they can let down their guard.
Health Dec 18With latest Zika research, our picture of the virus gets cloudier
Two new reports this week not only failed to arrive at a consensus about the virus, they may have sown even more confusion.
Health Dec 144 in 10 babies born after Zika infection may have brain defects, researchers say
The toll that Zika virus takes on pregnancies appears to be even higher than was previously estimated.
Nation Oct 20Sexually transmitted diseases in U.S. at all-time high, CDC says
Rates of sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea, have risen sharply in U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
Health Oct 01The flu vaccine is set to get a makeover
The World Health Organization recommended that flu vaccine manufacturers swap out a component based on one flu virus with an updated version.