Tag Archives: rabies

Cells fight back against virus factories

This week I’ve been talking to first year students about cell biology, discussing how much the environment of the cell varies from one site to another within the cell. Viruses “know” this and much virus replication is localized at particular … Continue reading

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Fighting Rabies in China

China has the second highest number of reported rabies cases in the world, but numbers of human deaths have been decreasing. According to the WHO, the Chinese authorities are forecasting national rabies elimination by 2025. Most of the cases are … Continue reading

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Rabies Rapid Transit System

Rabies virus hijacks the transport systems of neurons, manipulating axonal transport machinery to get to the central nervous system at maximum speed. Continue reading

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Rates of Virus Evolution Are Linked to Host Geography in Bats

Rapid evolution of RNA viruses is intimately linked to their success in overcoming the defenses of their hosts. Several studies have shown that rates of viral evolution can vary dramatically among distantly related viral families. Variability in the speed of … Continue reading

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The Virology of Rabies

Rabies is an preventable virus disease transmitted from infected animals to other warm blooded animals (zoonotic), especially human. Rabies occurs in more than 150 countries and territories. According to an estimation by WHO, almost 55,000 people die because of rabies … 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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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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World Rabies Day, 28 September

According to official estimates, rabies kills 55,000 people each year, primarily in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. However, the death toll is probably much higher; one report estimates that the number of deaths in some areas is possibly 100 times … Continue reading

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Pre-exposure and Post-exposure Prevention of rabies

Rabies causes an estimated 55,000 human deaths globally each year, 23,750 of which occur in Africa. Moreover, 11 million people undergo rabies postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) worldwide each year. Rabies is a zoonotic disease with dogs remaining the principal host in … Continue reading

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