LA Times — The world is off track in its goal to eliminate malaria. Here’s why.
Progress toward the global elimination of malaria has stalled, according to a report to be published Wednesday by the World Health Organization. In the last three years, many nations have reported significant increases in malaria cases, according to the new report.

LA Times — About 15% of Americans with HIV don’t know they’re infected, CDC report says
Among all 1.2 million Americans living with HIV in 2015, the CDC estimates that about 15 percent were unaware of their HIV-positive status. Those people are thought to be responsible for 40 percent of new transmissions of HIV, according to the study published Tuesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Washington Post — The ratcheting cost of the pneumococcal vaccine: what gives?
In just eight years, the cost of the pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 has climbed by more than 50 percent. In 2010, a single shot cost about $109 and is projected cost almost $180 next year.

VOX — New data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher than the government claims
More than two months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and devastated the island, the official death toll has stayed surprisingly low at 55. Now two social science researchers have shown that the actual death count may be closer to 1,085, a number that exceeds the government’s official figure by a factor of 20.