Tag Archives: Virus

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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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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Identification of Receptors in Patients That Spontaneously Control HIV Infection

A small number of patients infected by HIV spontaneously control viral replication without antiretroviral therapy and do not develop the disease. The ability of these rare patients, known as “HIV controllers”, to suppress HIV replication appears to be down to … Continue reading

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‘Substantial proportion’ of U.S. measles cases linked to anti-vaxxers, study suggests’

A recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says “the phenomenon of vaccine refusal” increases the risk for measles among individuals who are not or refuse to get vaccinated, and among those who are already fully … Continue reading

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Vomiting machine reveals throwing up could send norovirus airborne

With the help of a vomiting machine, a new study has provided the first evidence that vomiting can send virus particles similar to those of the human norovirus airborne. The study provides the first evidence that vomiting could aerosolize the … Continue reading

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How do you Prevent #measles?

It’s simple: Get vaccinated. You get two doses of the MMR vaccine. Children usually get the first dose when they are 12 months old, and a second before kindergarten. On its web site, the CDC calls the vaccine “very effective” … Continue reading

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What are the Symptoms of Measles?

What are the first symptoms, and how quickly do they usually show up? People usually get a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes first. Within a few days, a red rash starts on the face and can spread to … Continue reading

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Contagion in the Herd: How One Person Can Set Off A Measles Outbreak

Americans may be victims of their own success when it comes to the eradication of infectious diseases and take their disease-free lives for granted, says Jorge Parada, MD, hospital epidemiologist and medical director of the infection prevention and control program … Continue reading

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About Ebola

The current outbreak of Ebola is located in Central and West Africa.  There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Canada. The Ebola Virus can be spread through the following: Contact with a dead body that has been infected … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Ebola

News this morning is that there is an Ebola Vaccine Trial starting today in Liberia.  This is great news for the people in Central and West Africa.  Fewer than 100 cases were reported last week, which has not happened since … Continue reading

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