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Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea: Ecology Meets Economy

Ebola virus is back – but why? Continue reading

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Ebola virus glycoprotein and virulence – it's complicated

With Ebola virus in the news again, a new paper in PLoS Pathogens is highly topical. Most Ebola virus species cause severe hemorrhagic fevers with high case fatality rates. However, Reston ebolavirus (REBOV) seems to be apathogenic for humans. While … Continue reading

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A single vaccine against both rabies and Ebola virus

Researchers have developed a single vaccine which protects against both rabies and Ebola virus. Although it works in the laboratory, the new vaccine – or soemthing similar based on this first attempt – need to be tested in primates and eventually in humans. Continue reading

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You are what you eat?

Is the low level of dental caries in Batwa Pygmies associated with particular microbial taxa? Continue reading

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As if it wasn't bad enough

The emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis has the potential to be a serious public health problem in Sudan and strengthened tuberculosis control and improved monitoring of therapy is needed. Continue reading

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The Pathogenesis of Rift Valley Fever

Rift Valley fever (RVF), a mosquito-borne zoonotic disease among humans and ruminants, is caused by Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) belonging to the family Bunyaviridae, genus Phlebovirus. RVF is endemic to sub-Saharan African countries and has caused major outbreaks in … Continue reading

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Human metapneumovirus in wild mountain gorillas

The world’s remaining 786 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) live in 2 parks in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An ecotourism industry for viewing human-habituated mountain gorillas in the wild is thriving in all 3 countries. … Continue reading

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PLoS Pathogens: Measles Outbreak in Africa – Is There a Link to the HIV-1 Epidemic?

To reduce the risk of contracting measles in areas with high HIV-1 prevalence, WHO recommended that infants receive two doses of measles vaccine, at 6 and 9 months. This regimen was evaluated in Zambia and results published in 2008 showed … Continue reading

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Understanding the spread of rabies

At least 15 million doses of anti-rabies post-exposure prophylaxis are administered annually worldwide, and an estimated 55,000 people die of rabies every year. Over 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries, predominantly in Asia and in Africa where rabies … Continue reading

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