Category Archives: Virus

New Zika Clone Could be New Model for Developing Vaccine

Stopping the explosive spread of Zika virus – which can lead to birth defects in babies born to infected mothers – depends on genetic insights gleaned through new tools and models. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health recently cloned … Continue reading

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Time of Day Influences Our Susceptibility to Infection, Study Finds

We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in … Continue reading

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Clinical Trial Will Examine Investigational Vaccine Against Mosquito-Borne Illness

As world leaders increasingly recognize the Zika virus as an international public health threat, the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Global Health has been chosen as one of three study sites … Continue reading

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Could Yellow Fever Virus Cause a Zika-like Epidemic in the Americas

Yellow fever virus (YFV), a close relative of Zika virus and transmitted by the same type of mosquito, is the cause of an often-fatal viral hemorrhagic fever and could spread via air travel from endemic areas in Africa to cause … Continue reading

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Public Health Officials Investigating Unique Case of Zika in Utah

Utah health officials confirmed today a new case of Zika in Utah and have launched an investigation to determine how the person became infected. The new case is a family contact who helped care for the individual who died from … Continue reading

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Staph Risk Runs in Families, Especially Among Siblings

Having a first-degree relative, especially a sibling, with a history of staph infection significantly increases a person’s risk for the disease, regardless of sex of the family member, co-morbid conditions, or direct contamination. The results of a large national study … Continue reading

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Alpaca-Derived Antibodies Point to Targets Preventing Viral Infection

Whitehead Institute scientists have determined how to use alpaca-derived, single-domain antibody fragments (also called VHHs or nanobodies) to perturb cellular processes in mammalian cells, including the infection of human cells by influenza A virus (IAV) and vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). … Continue reading

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How to Diagnose Systemic Infections Much More Quickly and Reliably

To date, there are no methods that can quickly and accurately detect pathogens in blood to allow the diagnosis of systemic bloodstream infections that can lead to life-threatening sepsis. The standard of care for detecting such blood-borne infections is blood … Continue reading

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WHO doubles Zika sexual abstinence wait to 8 weeks before trying to conceive

Caio Julio Vasconcelos who was born with microcephaly, an abnormally small head, is kissed by a therapist at the Institute for the Blind in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, in February. (Andre Penner/Associated Press) The UN health agency says sexual transmission of Zika … Continue reading

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Yellow Fever Epidemic Threatens to Spread from Angola to China

This map shows the distribution of Aedes aegypti across Africa and the Asia-Pacific region (areas shaded pink). The red outline delineates yellow fever-endemic regions. Yellow dots represent the location of yellow fever cases related to the Angolan outbreak (source: HealthMap). … Continue reading

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