Posts Tagged 'virology'

Current State of Polio Eradication

Administration of the RIBI oral polio vaccine. Credit: Flickr/RIBI

In Pakistan, nine health workers were killed last year. They were administering the polio vaccine, which has been cast by the Taliban as a plot against Islam. This is because the CIA used vaccination programs to get close to Osama bin Laden.

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Drug Resistant Gonorrhea on the Rise in North America

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The most common STIs in the USA, chlamydia and gonorrhea, are usually easy to eradicate thanks to doses of oral antibiotics, but now gonorrhea is getting more resistant to first line defense drugs.

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Antiseptics Used By Health Care Workers Might Cause Infections

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The FDA is warning that there is a possibility of health care-related infections caused by the antiseptics, which are supposed to prevent infections, used to disinfect skin before health care procedures.

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Compound in Panda Blood Could Fight Superbugs

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Researchers have discovered a potent antibody in panda blood, which could help fight increasingly prevalent drug-resistant strains of infections.

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Drug Resistant Tuberculosis On The Rise

A chest X-ray from a patient with tuberculosis (TB) in Lira, Uganda. Uganda is one of 22 countries accounting for roughly 80% of new TB cases each year. Credit: J. Matthews/Panos

Back in 2005, doctors at a remote hospital in the village of Tugela Ferry, South Africa, were puzzled when patients with HIV, who were initially responding well to antiretroviral drugs, began rapidly dying from tuberculosis.

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H5N1 Work Will Probably Continue

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After a high-level meeting this week, work on the avian influenza H5N1 virus will probably continue by people who are not NIH funded. This is in the wake of a global debate about the risks and benefits of such research and a voluntary moratorium on the experiments lasting nearly a year.

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Kitchen Utensils Can Transfer Viruses

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According to a new study, cutting unclean fruits and vegetables can spread viruses to the knife. Scienitists already knew that bacteria could contaminate utensils this way, but this is the first study to see if the hepatitis A virus and norovirus can be transmitted this way.

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Novel Coronavirus hCoV-EMC Infects Humans & Animals

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The novel coronavirus which was discovered this summer in the Middle East might infect more than just human patients. The pathogen is closely related to SARS, and it may also be able to infect pigs and a wide range of bat species.

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Epidemiologists Trying to Track Down Novel Coronavirus

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The new coronavirus, linked to different cases in the Qatar and Saudi Arabia, was named HCoV-EMC, short for human coronavirus and the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Synthesizing a Flu Vaccine Without the Virus

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A new vaccine strategy, which uses synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) instead of proteins purified from viruses, could make flu shots cheaper, safer, and easier to produce. German scientists have shown that they have been able to protect mice, ferrets, and pigs against influenza.

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