Category Archives: Emerging disease

Badgers to be given anti-TB jabs

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Maggots or MRSA?

BBC News Larval therapy for leg ulcers (VenUS II): randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2009;338:b773 Objective: To compare the clinical effectiveness of larval therapy with a standard debridement technique (hydrogel) for sloughy or necrotic leg ulcers. Design: Pragmatic, three armed randomised … Continue reading

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HIV is evolving rapidly to escape the immune system

HIV is evolving rapidly to escape the human immune system. Researchers have shown HIV is able to adapt rapidly to counter human genes controlling immune system molecules that can target it for destruction. Progression to AIDS is tied to genes … Continue reading

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How mosquitoes survive dengue virus infection

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever are major global public health burdens, with up to 100 million cases occurring annually, yet no vaccines or specific preventative medicines are currently available. Dengue viruses, globally the most prevalent arboviruses, are transmitted to … Continue reading

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Saturday Cinema: Hunting the next killer virus

Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu – and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.

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The Pathogenicity of Pandemic Influenza Viruses

Dr. Peter Palese describes how reconstructing the extinct 1918 pandemic influenza virus by reverse genetics can help us better understand molecular basis of virulence and the mechanisms by which pandemic influenza viruses are transmitted.

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UK Lassa Fever Case

A patient is being treated for Lassa fever at the high security infectious diseases unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The Health Protection Agency say this is an isolated case in a traveller who returned to the UK … Continue reading

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Pathogenic soil bacterium is influenced by land management

Melioidosis is a severe disease affecting humans and animals in the tropics. It is caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which lives in tropical soil and especially occurs in southeast Asia and northern Australia. Despite the recognition that melioidosis is … Continue reading

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Microbial diseases of bees

Bees are important contributors to the economies of many countries, but as Travis Glare and Maureen O’Callaghan discuss in this article in Microbiology Today, they are many threats to the survival on the humble bee, including the risk of disease … Continue reading

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