An outbreak of pneumonic plague in Ziketan, a town in China's northwest Qinghai province, has "prompted authorities to lock down [the] town where about a dozen people were infected with the highly contagious deadly lung disease" (FNC). Thus far, two men have died.
"A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS was discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon, [which] differs from the three known strains of [HIV] and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas . . . 'highlight[ing] the continuing need to watch closely for the emergence for new HIV variants, particularly in western central Africa,' said the researchers. . . . How widespread this strain is remains to be determined. Researches said it could be circulating unnoticed in Cameroon or elsewhere. The virus' rapid replication indicates that it is adapted to human cells, the researchers reported. . . . A separate paper . . . reports that people with genital herpes remain at increased risk of HIV infection even after the herpes sores have healed and the skin appears normal" (FNC).