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Mathematical modelling vital to tackling disease outbreaks
Predicting and controlling disease outbreaks would be easier and more reliable with the wider application of mathematical modelling, according to a new study. (2019-10-17)
Predicting Ebola outbreaks by understanding how ecosystems influence human health
The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new UCL-developed model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease (2019-10-15)
Did long ago tsunamis lead to mysterious, tropical fungal outbreak in Pacific northwest?
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 and the tsunamis it spawned may have washed a tropical fungus ashore, leading to a subsequent outbreak of often-fatal infections among people in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest, according to a paper co-authored by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope. (2019-10-01)
West Nile virus in the New World: Reflections on 20 years in pursuit of an elusive foe
Though eradication of West Nile virus remains beyond our capability, the body of knowledge built since its arrival in the Americas in 1999 is now powering efforts to minimize its impact and prepare for the invasion of other mosquito-borne diseases. (2019-09-24)
Scientists forecasted late May tornado outbreak nearly 4 weeks in advance
A team of scientists reports that they accurately predicted the nation's extensive tornado outbreak of late May 2019 nearly 4 weeks before it began. (2019-09-18)
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Mortality rates in Ebola survivors after hospital discharge could be five times higher compared with the general population
In the first year after hospital discharge, mortality in Ebola survivors was five times higher than would be expected in general Guinean population (55 deaths versus 11 deaths), according to an observational study of 1,130 people published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. (2019-09-04)
Some vaccine doubters may be swayed by proximity to disease outbreak, study finds
An individual's trust in institutions such as the CDC, and how close they live to a recent measles outbreak, may affect their attitudes on measles vaccination, according to a study published Aug. (2019-08-28)
Community-based wildlife carcass surveillance is key for early detection of Ebola virus
WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and NIH (National Institutes of Health) scientists partnered with the Republic of Congo Ministry of Health to develop a low-cost educational outreach program and surveillance system for wildlife mortality that has continued now for over a decade. (2019-08-28)
New DNA sequencer method achieves early-stage and broad-range detection of wheat diseases
As wheat is one of the world's most important crops, a group of Australia-based scientists wanted to develop a new method for analyzing pathogen DNA in wheat leaf samples. (2019-08-28)
HKBU biologists discover and name new fireworm species in Hong Kong waters
A group of biologists from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have discovered a new fireworm species in Hong Kong waters and named it Chloeia bimaculata. (2019-08-27)
Discovery of 'hidden' outbreak hints that Zika virus can spread silently
Just when international fears of contracting Zika began to fade in 2017, an undetected outbreak was peaking in Cuba -- a mere 300 miles off the coast of Miami. (2019-08-22)
An unreported Zika outbreak in 2017 detected through travel surveillance and genetics
By sequencing virus genomes from infected travelers, analyzing travel patterns and mosquito modeling, researchers reporting Aug. (2019-08-22)
Yale researchers detect unreported Zika outbreak
Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) have detected a large unreported Zika outbreak that occurred in Cuba during 2017, a year after Zika outbreaks peaked throughout the Americas. (2019-08-22)
Texas cities increasingly susceptible to large measles outbreaks
The growing number of children arriving at Texas schools unvaccinated makes the state increasingly vulnerable to measles outbreaks in cities large and small, according to a computer simulation created by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. (2019-08-21)
National livestock movement bans may prove economically damaging
New research from the University of Warwick has pioneered an economic perspective on controlling livestock diseases. (2019-08-19)
Single event or epidemic?
A team of scientists led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research has carried out an analysis of long-term data of an outbreak of classical swine fever in wild boars in the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern that occurred between 1993 and 2000. (2019-08-19)
Artificial intelligence helps banana growers protect the world's most favorite fruit
Using artificial intelligence, scientists created an easy-to-use tool to detect banana diseases and pests. (2019-08-12)
Existing anti-parasitic drug could offer treatment for Ebola
Amid the worsening Ebola outbreak in the Congo, now threatening to spill into Rwanda, a new study suggests that an existing, FDA-approved drug called nitazoxanide could potentially help contain this deadly, highly contagious infection. (2019-08-08)
Study reveals how bacteria beat immune systems
The evolution of more severe infections is not necessarily driven by bacteria multiplying faster, new research shows. (2019-07-29)
What makes some people more receptive to the idea of being vaccinated against infectious disease?
Fear, trust, and the likelihood of exposure are three leading factors that influence whether people are willing to be vaccinated against a virulent disease, according to a new study in the journal Heliyon, published by Elsevier. (2019-07-18)
The Zika epidemic in Cuba, reflected by imported cases in Barcelona
Travelers returning to Barcelona mirrored the 2017 Zika outbreak in Cuba, according to a study led by the Hospital ClĂ­nic of Barcelona and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, an institution supported by 'la Caixa'. (2019-07-10)
Shingles vaccine safely prevents outbreaks among stem cell transplant patients
A newer form of shingles vaccine reduced outbreaks of the painful rash among patients who were transplanted with their own stem cells, according to a study led by a Duke Health researcher and published today in JAMA. (2019-07-10)
Is that news really 'fake,' or is it just biased?
In an era of concern over 'fake news,' a new study finds that people draw a distinction between information sources that are dishonest and those that are biased. (2019-07-08)
New epidemic forecast model could save precious resources
When governments and institutions deploy epidemic forecast models when facing an outbreak, they sometimes fail to factor in human behavior and over-allocate precious resources as a result. (2019-07-02)
The state of multiple antibiotic resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Cape Coast, Ghana
The study was conducted to investigate the level of contamination of raw meat and Ghanaian coins in circulation at Cape Coast Metropolis. (2019-06-28)
The world needs a global system to detect and halt the spread of emerging crop diseases
Climate change and global trade drive the spread, emergence, and re-emergence of crop disease, and containment action is often inefficient, especially in low-income countries. (2019-06-27)
Model predicts bat species with the potential to spread deadly Nipah virus in India
Since its discovery in 1999, Nipah virus has been reported almost yearly in Southeast Asia, with Bangladesh and India being the hardest hit. (2019-06-27)
Video games offer clues to help curb animal disease outbreaks
As Asia and Europe battle African swine fever outbreaks, UVM research shows how farmers' risk attitudes affect the spread of infectious animal diseases and offers a first-of-its kind model for testing disease control and prevention strategies. (2019-06-25)
Half of Ebola outbreaks go undetected, study finds
Half of Ebola outbreaks have gone undetected since the virus was discovered in 1976, scientists at the University of Cambridge estimate. (2019-06-13)
Half of Ebola outbreaks undetected
An estimated half of Ebola virus disease outbreaks have gone undetected since it was discovered in 1976, according to research published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (2019-06-13)
Vulnerability to Ebola and Lassa fever can now be properly assessed
Identifying vulnerabilities to outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever is possible following new research from the University of Surrey and University of Cambridge. (2019-06-04)
Statistical model could predict future disease outbreaks
Several University of Georgia researchers teamed up to create a statistical method that may allow public health and infectious disease forecasters to better predict disease reemergence, especially for preventable childhood infections such as measles and pertussis. (2019-05-21)
25 US counties identified as most at risk for measles outbreaks
Twenty-five counties across the country have been identified to be most at risk for a measles outbreak due to low-vaccination rates compounded by a high volume of international travel, according to an analysis by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University. (2019-05-13)
A case of the chimp sniffles or major outbreak? Syndromic surveillance may hold the key
Two sniffling chimps could be one too many for a wild chimpanzee community susceptible to respiratory disease outbreaks, report Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of Minnesota. (2019-05-10)
How Nipah virus spreads from person to person: Lessons from 14 years of investigations
The deadly Nipah virus, which is carried by bats and occasionally infects people, is more likely to be transmitted from person to person when the infected patient is older, male and/or has breathing difficulties, according to a study co-led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-05-09)
New analysis predicts top 25 US counties at risk for measles outbreaks
A new analysis co-led by The Johns Hopkins University identified 25 United States counties that are most likely to experience measles outbreaks in 2019. (2019-05-09)
Nipah virus: Age and breathing difficulties increase the risk of disease spread
Nipah virus has been identified as an emerging infectious disease that may cause severe epidemics in the near future. (2019-05-08)
Newly discovered Ebolavirus may not cause severe disease in humans
Researchers from the University of Kent's School of Biosciences have provided evidence that a newly discovered Ebolavirus may not be as deadly as other species to humans. (2019-04-24)
Study identifies how Enterococcus faecalis bacteria causes antibiotic resistant infection
A new study led by a research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. (2019-04-17)
2017 pneumonic plague outbreak in Madagascar characterized by scientists
Plague is an endemic disease in Madagascar. Each year there is a seasonal upsurge between September and April, especially in the Central Highlands, which stand at an elevation of more than 800m. (2019-04-16)
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