Disease

people at barbershop

A spike in ringworm cases in Spain leads to a surprising culprit: the barbershop

​​​​​​​A ringworm outbreak among Spanish teens has been traced back to barbershops and a fashionable haircut: the fade. Spanish dermatologists blame dirty electric razors.

A spike in ringworm cases in Spain leads to a surprising culprit: the barbershop
The book includes haunting photos from inside the ghetto, along with its record of the medical effects of starvation.

Warsaw Ghetto’s defiant Jewish doctors secretly documented the medical effects of Nazi starvation policies

Warsaw Ghetto’s defiant Jewish doctors secretly documented the medical effects of Nazi starvation policies
Haitians line up outside an immigration office as they wait their turns to apply for a passport, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 10, 2023.

‘Haiti has zero elected officials’ as cholera, gang violence persist, journalist says

‘Haiti has zero elected officials’ as cholera, gang violence persist, journalist says
cat on a chair

Desperate pet owners turn to illegal drug markets to cure a rare cat virus 

Desperate pet owners turn to illegal drug markets to cure a rare cat virus 
An ambulance is parked outside Portcullis House, backdropped by the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben, in London, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.

‘Winter of discontent’ for UK as nurses begin strike action

‘Winter of discontent’ for UK as nurses begin strike action
woman with other women and children

Health crisis unfolding in Pakistan even as floodwaters recede 

Flooded areas have seen surges in malaria and other waterborne illnesses. 

Health crisis unfolding in Pakistan even as floodwaters recede 
Anastasia, 3, is held by her mother, as she receives treatment at a schoolhouse that has been converted into a field hospital, in Mostyska, western Ukraine, Thursday, March 24, 2022.

The war in Ukraine is hampering efforts to stop a polio outbreak

Just 10 days before the war began last February, Ukrainian officials launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to stop a rare polio outbreak in the country. But the war has made controlling the outbreak nearly impossible.

The war in Ukraine is hampering efforts to stop a polio outbreak
man waiting at airport

Taiwan reopens its borders after years of COVID controls

On Oct. 13, Taiwan finally reopened to tourists after 2 1/2 years of relative isolation. The country had focused border restrictions to keep COVID-19 cases and death rates low. Travelers and tourism business owners say they’re thankful that their main source of revenue is returning.

Taiwan reopens its borders after years of COVID controls
Nancy Rose, who contracted COVID-19 in 2021 and continues to exhibit long-haul symptoms including brain fog and memory difficulties, pauses while organizing her desk space, on Jan. 25, 2022, in Port Jefferson, New York.

Discussion: Long COVID, the search for answers

This panel explores the state of research, potential treatments and proposals to address the broad societal impact of this novel, and sometimes, debilitating condition.

Discussion: Long COVID, the search for answers
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, waves hello to the committee at the start of a House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

People shouldn’t put their guard down when it comes to COVID, Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, joined The World's host Marco Werman to assess the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect briefly on five decades of service in public health.  

People shouldn’t put their guard down when it comes to COVID, Fauci says
A worker walks alongside the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant's array of digester eggs in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York

Why has polio emerged in the US, UK and Israel? A polio eradication expert weighs in.

New cases of polio have emerged in the US and Israel, and the disease has been detected in wastewater in the UK. Oliver Rosenbauer, the spokesperson for polio eradication at the World Health Organization, explains how some of them could be linked to the oral vaccine that's long been used to prevent the disease.

Why has polio emerged in the US, UK and Israel? A polio eradication expert weighs in.
busy market

West African countries adopt new strategies to encourage COVID-19 vaccination  

​​​​​​​For much of the pandemic, West African countries have lacked the vaccines needed to protect their populations against COVID-19. Now, supply in the region has finally caught up with demand for the vaccine. Still, too few people are vaccinated.

West African countries adopt new strategies to encourage COVID-19 vaccination  
A hospital worker carries a tray of medicine at a government-run hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan doctors say the country can't survive on donated drugs forever

Sri Lanka imports at least 80% of its drugs and medical supplies, and the economic crisis has left it with inadequate foreign reserves to pay for them.

Sri Lankan doctors say the country can't survive on donated drugs forever
Residents of the Accra suburb of Alajo patch up a road after severe flooding destroyed it.

'Everything is destroyed': Extreme flooding in Ghana tests climate resilience

Accra has been hit with heavy rain and flash flooding in May and June, leaving many experts worried about the city’s capacity for climate resilience if trends continue. 

'Everything is destroyed': Extreme flooding in Ghana tests climate resilience
A Posh Club performer leads club-goers in a conga-line.

Dancing away the loneliness: In the UK, social prescriptions help fight isolation during the pandemic

Social prescriptions are relatively common in the United Kingdom, especially to treat loneliness and isolation. When these conditions were exacerbated by the pandemic, the UK already had a strategy in place to help those who need it most, including the elderly.

Dancing away the loneliness: In the UK, social prescriptions help fight isolation during the pandemic