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Experts say China virus outbreak will last months at least

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Researchers estimate the coronavirus will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people, lasting at least several months based on the first available data

FIGHTING THE VIRUS. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New Year of the Rat public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Experts warn over scale of China virus as U.S. airports start screening

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Scientists from the MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis say the number of cases in Wuhan, China was likely closer to 1,700 than the 45 earlier reported

MORE CASES? A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Doctors' groups push DOH moves to fight dengue

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Doctors' groups emphasize 'vector control and early consultation' as key steps to combat the ongoing national dengue epidemic

VECTOR CONTROL, EARLY CONSULT. Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045 – experts

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Tuberculosis is the top infectious killer of our time, causing over 1.6 million deaths each year, says Eric Goosby, the United Nations' special envoy for the disease

DOH declares leptospirosis outbreak in several barangays

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) Cases in several Metro Manila cities now breach the average number in the last 5 years

WHAT TO AVOID. The Department of Health and World Health Organization warn against wading in floodwaters due to risk of leptospirosis. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

DOH records 60% increase in leptospirosis cases in NCR

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Nationwide, the DOH also recorded a 41% increase, with 1,040 leptospirosis cases recorded as of June 16, 2018

INCREASED CASES. Health Secretary Duque (R) says the Department of Health is prepared to handle the increased number of leptospirosis cases. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is leptospirosis?

Jul 01, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Department of Health records 1,030 leptospirosis cases nationwide from January to June 9 this year

WHAT TO AVOID. The Department of Health and World Health Organization warn against wading in floodwaters due to risk of leptospirosis. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Views of med societies weigh more than FEC, individual doctors – Garin

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin explains why she did not heed the warning of several public health experts regarding the now-suspended dengue vaccination program that she had launched

BATTLE OF THE EXPERTS. Ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin speaks during a Rappler Talk interview on December 16. Screenshot by Rappler

Sanofi's advisory on dengue vaccine 'miscommunicated'?

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Instead of worrying, doctors urge parents and even health practitioners to use this 'opportunity' to raise awareness on dengue

STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH, doctors say 'no need to panic' over Japanese encephalitis

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Food and Drug Administration warns parents against buying the Japanese encephalitis vaccine online Only Sanofi Pasteur is accredited to distribute the vaccine in the country

VACCINE PLANS. The DOH is planning to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine for free in 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

[DASH of SAS] Gonorrhea making a comeback

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Gonorrhea is showing resistance to older and cheaper form of antibiotics – making it harder and in some cases impossible to treat

Ebola's long-term effects revealed

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:42 AM

The study also confirms previous observations that Ebola virus can remain in the semen of infected men for 18 months or longer raising the specter of sexual transmission

EBOLA. Members of a medical team monitor simulated patients infected with Ebola inside a Containerized Bio-Containment System (CBCS) during a shake-down exercise at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, outside Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

Refugees escape war, but face new threat in Europe – germs

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Health experts warn refugees are at risk of illnesses such as measles tuberculosis cholera and typhoid fever

epa05252765 A refugee woman washes her clothes, at a makeshift camp where refugees and migrants find temporary shelter, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 10 April 2016. The use of violence against refugees is dangerous and reprehensible, Refugee Crisis Body spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis says. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Researchers scramble to fight 'brand new' Zika virus

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:56 AM

The US government is appealing for all kinds of research on Zika and will draw from a pool of 97 million to fund studies on everything from how it spreads to how it causes disease to how to control the mosquitoes that spread it

BRAND NEW VIRUS. A Peruvian physician works with a sample to confirm the infection with Dengue virus in Lima, Peru, January 29, 2016. Photo by Ernesto Arias/EPA

British Ebola nurse now 'critically ill'

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Pauline Cafferky is being treated for Ebola in the high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital

EBOLA PATIENT. Scottish health worker Pauline Cafferky is treated several months ago for Ebola. File photo by AFP

Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases

Jul 02, 2015 - 1:33 AM

The news came a day after Health Minister Bernice Dahn announced the first Ebola infection in Liberia for more than three months

EBOLA'S RETURN. Red Cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. File photo by Zoom Dosso/AFP

PH bans Israel, US poultry amid bird flu outbreak

Feb 15, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The Department of Agriculture temporarily bans poultry import from Haifa Israel and Oregon United States except for heat treated products produced before October 31 last year

POULTRY MARKET. A Filipino vendor cleans processed chicken for sale at a public market in Quezon City. File photo by EPA

Doctors slam 'poorly designed’ study on anti-dengue drug

Dec 16, 2014 - 6:56 PM

It is our obligation to stop the expanded use of scientifically unproven treatments say the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials – NIH

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:49 AM

The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever which has killed 5 500 people so far mostly in West Africa

The Clinical Center Building, where the testing on humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus has begun, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 02 September 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Doctor working in Sierra Leone is Italy's first Ebola case

Nov 24, 2014 - 9:41 PM

According to the World Health Organization there are more than 5 000 people with Ebola in Sierra Leone but the real figures could be much higher

DAILY STRUGGLE. An Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014. Carl de Souza/AFP

Legacy of SARS in Asia offers lessons for Ebola fight

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Experts say the experience of dealing with these viruses stands Asia in generally good stead should it face an outbreak of Ebola which has yet to make it to the continent

This picture taken on March 11, 2013 shows a man working at a laboratory of Hong Kong University's Department of Microbiology at the Queen Mary hospital in Hong Kong. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Texas tracks 50 for Ebola, 10 at high risk

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:11 AM

The 50 are a narrow list from an initial pool of 100 people thought to have come into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan the ebola patient

HAZMAT. Hazmat trucks sit outside the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying in Dallas, Texas, USA, 03 October 2014. Larry W. Smith/EPA

RITM on top of preparations for possible Ebola cases

Aug 05, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and several other hospitals have enough capacity to test the deadly Ebola virus

LABORATORY TEST. Specimen inactivation is part of the Ebola testing process by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Screenshot from Youtube video

OFWs in Ebola-hit countries monitored weekly

Aug 05, 2014 - 3:08 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs estimates there are about 4 200 Filipinos in Ebola hit countries of Guinea Sierra Leone and Liberia

Ebola outbreak speeds up efforts to find a vaccine

Aug 02, 2014 - 4:25 PM

There is currently no such medication in the pipeline to treat Ebola In the meantime experts can only urge preventive measures

4 new MERS deaths, 18 more infections in Saudi

May 08, 2014 - 5:25 PM

The disease which first appeared in the kingdom in September 2012 has now infected a total number 449 Saudis

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

MERS incubation period ends; 10 Etihad passengers untracked

Apr 29, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Labor attachés in the Middle East have been ordered to get the Philippine addresses and contact numbers of OFWs before they return to the country

MERS-FREE Dr Lyndon Lee Suy (C), head of the DOH Committee on Emerging Infections says the Philippine remains MERS-free as of April 29. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Sharon Stone kept overnight in Brazil hospital: media

Apr 09, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The actress is said to have suffered from an infectious disease

NIGHT IN THE HOSPITAL. The actress is said to have suffered from an infectious disease. AFP Photo

Measles-free Philippines by 2017?

Jan 07, 2014 - 3:38 PM

The mass immunization in September will target 13 million Filipino children

MASS VACCINATION. The Department of Health is preparing for a nationwide measles vaccination by September this year. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Early promise for malaria vaccine that mimics bites

Aug 09, 2013 - 9:01 AM

An experimental vaccine for malaria has been produced showing early promise by offering complete protection to 12 human volunteers

MALARIA VACCINE? This undated photo courtesy of Sanaria, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, shows Malaria infected mosquitoes ready for dissection in the lab's manufacturing facility during vaccine production. ADAM M. RICHMAN/SANARIA INC./AFP

Top virologist warns of human-to-human H7N9 bird flu

Apr 28, 2013 - 2:58 PM

Virologist: No evidence that the deadly H7N9 bird flu has yet spread between humans but health authorities must be ready for the virus to mutate at any time

FLU TESTING. This picture taken on April 3, 2013 shows Chinese health workers preparing an H7N9 virus detection kit at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Beijing. AFP PHOTO

PH malaria-free by 2020?

Aug 24, 2012 - 7:37 PM

This decrease is the lowest malaria level on record for the country in 42 years

Metro gov't hospitals on alert for leptospirosis cases

Aug 23, 2012 - 7:28 PM

Hospitals agreed there will be no elective surgeries for the meantime priority will be given to leptospirosis patients

Health department warns of possible rise in leptospirosis cases

Aug 22, 2012 - 7:03 PM

DOH said that cases may be lower compared to those caused by tropical storm "Ondoy" in Sept 2009 because antibiotics have already been distributed among at-risk population

Disaster and the wisdom of the crowd

Aug 08, 2012 - 6:29 PM

It’s a brave new world full of infinite possibilities The challenge is how to harness individual efforts to achieve scale and solve big problems

HealthAlert: map, track and help stop diseases

Aug 07, 2012 - 7:07 PM

Help stop the spread of diseases in you community by plotting disease incidents as well as factors that could contribute to the spread of diseases on this interactive map

#HealthAlert: Infectious diseases map

The rich is richer

Jun 02, 2012 - 7:45 PM

Problems of the rich world s young are spreading to poorer countries

TEACH THEM RIGHT. Kids need to be taught the value of money, and how they may use it for good causes. Photo from

More than half of TB cases are kids

Mar 21, 2012 - 6:29 PM

Of 26 000 TB cases screened in 2010 more than half or 14 527 were kids

Typhoid outbreak declared in Tuburan, Cebu

Mar 05, 2012 - 8:23 PM

As much as 400 individuals in the area reported afflicted with typhoid fever

'PH should spend more on AIDS prevention'

Feb 23, 2012 - 6:40 PM

The Philippine government s budget for programs to prevent HIV AIDS is not enough to reach populations that are most at risk

On world cancer day: Docs target top killer diseases

Feb 04, 2012 - 3:13 PM

A group of doctors are targeting the country s leading killers: cancer diabetes heart disease

CAMPAIGN. The fight to stop non-communicable diseases has begun.