AIDS Pandemic

Two cases of a “functional cure” for HIV/AIDS

By Shane Feratu, 30 March 2013

Researchers have been able to neutralize the HIV virus from causing harm in two separate studies.

Largest tainted meat recall in Canadian history

By Vic Neufeld, 24 October 2012

E. coli bacterial contamination originating at an XL Foods’ meat processing plant in Brooks, Alberta has seriously sickened sixteen people and prompted the largest meat product recall in Canadian history.

As Washington state health care options dwindle, whooping cough returns

By Christine Schofelt, 24 May 2012

Cases of whooping cough have reached epidemic proportions in Washington State under conditions where health care services have been cut drastically.

Bird flu scientists respond to media hysteria, suspend critical research

By Nicholas Russo, 10 February 2012

The investigators discovered how a mutation of the deadly virus could lead to its airborne transmission between human beings.

Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Mumbai

By Debra Watson, 27 January 2012

Doctors in Mumbai, India’s largest city, reported in December that they had confirmed four cases of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

Listeria outbreak claims 15 lives in US

By Naomi Spencer, 3 October 2011

In the deadliest food poisoning outbreak in the US in over a decade, at least 15 people have died of listeriosis linked to Colorado-grown cantaloupes.

Australia to shut northern TB clinics

By John Mackay, 29 September 2011

The planned closures have been strongly condemned by Australian health professionals and the World Health Organisation who fear that it will lead to an increase in multi-drug resistant or MDR-TB, already prevalent in PNG.

Thousands sickened, dozens dead in E. coli outbreak in Germany

By Andrew Reiss and Patrick Martin, 10 June 2011

The outbreak is the most serious in at least 20 years.

New “super bug” threatens Australian hospitals

By John Mackay, 19 May 2011

Despite warnings by health professionals, no national surveillance system has been introduced for the potentially fatal Clostridium difficile bacteria.

Tuberculosis: Canadian Arctic tragedy, growing global threat

By Jack Miller, 16 February 2011

The startling incidence of tuberculosis among the native population—especially the Inuit—of Canada, one of the world’s most affluent countries, is the product of a long and continuing history of injustice.

Previously eradicated diseases reemerge in US

By Ryan Rahilly, 4 February 2011

The re-emergence of diseases like pertussis, tuberculosis, measles and mumps in the US is an expression of the dangers posed by failing infrastructure and declining living standards for the working class.

Cholera outbreak kills dozens in Papua New Guinea

By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010

The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.

Cholera outbreak kills dozens in Papua New Guinea

By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010

The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.

Haiti cholera epidemic reaches Port-au-Prince

By Tom Eley, 26 October 2010

At least five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Port-au-Prince, a week after the epidemic emerged in central Haiti. By Monday evening the national death toll was reported to be 259.

Cholera epidemic kills 150 in Haiti

By a reporter, 23 October 2010

The outbreak of disease is the worst since last January’s devastating earthquake, which killed 250,000 people and left another 1.5 million homeless.

Dramatic increase in HIV infections in Eastern Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 10 August 2010

The spread of HIV/Aids is directly related to the destruction of the health system and social infrastructure carried out at the beginning of the 1990s in the name of the free market.

As “free market” fails to deliver enough vaccine

Obama declares US national emergency over H1N1 flu

By Tom Eley, 26 October 2009

Major pharmaceuticals that contracted with the US government to provide vaccines against the swine flu have delivered only a fraction of what was anticipated, leaving thousands to wait in lines for a chance to be vaccinated.

WHO report discloses extent of global health inequality

By Barry Mason, 25 September 2008

In August the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report, “Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health.”

Deaths from AIDS dwarf war casualties in Africa

By Barry Mason, 18 September 1999

Carol Bellamy, executive director of UNICEF, gave a sharp warning to the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa held in Lusaka, Zambia this week. She described the devastating effects of the AIDS pandemic as “the world's most terrible undeclared war”.