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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)
NEJM applying universal standards of care to Ebola virus disease
LSTM's Senior Clinical Lecturer, Dr. Shevin Jacob, is corresponding author on a perspective piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine calling for universal standards of care to be applied in relation to ebola virus disease. (2019-04-11)
Immune responses in Ebola survivors 2 years after infection provide clues for vaccine development
Scientists have discovered that 2 years after infection, West African Ebola survivors exhibit memory immune responses -- including specific T cells against Ebola virus. (2019-04-11)
How a once friendly bacteria evolved into a hospital-infecting strain in Wisconsin
A genetic study of an outbreak of Enterococcus faecalis -- a leading cause of drug-resistant bacterial infections -- in a hospital has revealed how the organism became resistant to new antibiotics and adapted to infect the human bloodstream. (2019-04-10)
New Bombali ebolavirus found in Kenyan bat
Researchers have identified Bombali ebolavirus in an Angolan free-tailed bat captured in the Taita Hills, southeast Kenya. (2019-04-02)
Fast-changing genetics key to hospital superbug survival
A highly drug-resistant bacteria common in hospitals, Klebsiella pneumoniae, represents a significant antimicrobial resistance threat and should be monitored globally, say UCL researchers. (2019-04-02)
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Low levels of public trust during violent conflict may have thwarted attempts to control Ebola
Mistrust and misinformation can stop people taking measures to prevent the spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD), increasing the likelihood that they refuse vaccination, according to a study with nearly 1,000 people published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. (2019-03-27)
Bacterial contamination in household and office building tap water
Water is a source of concern for disseminating the bacteria Legionella pneumophila and Mycobacterium avium, which cause lung disease (legionellosis and pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterium disease, respectively). (2019-03-20)
Zika: Silent long-term circulation in Thailand
In an attempt to shed light on Zika circulation, scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS, in collaboration with US teams and the Thai National Institute of Health, decided to investigate the history of the Zika virus in Thailand. (2019-02-28)
Setting the stage for cassava disease monitoring: A baseline for Vietnam and Cambodia
Southeast Asia is the source of 95 percent of global cassava exports, and the detection in 2015 in Cambodia of Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus raised alarm. (2019-02-22)
Epidemiological model lends insight to chlamydia outbreak in Japan
Mathematical models that quantify the dynamics of infectious diseases are crucial predictive tools for the control of ongoing and future outbreaks. (2019-02-19)
More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria
Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria -- Bacillus cereus -- which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation. (2019-02-13)
Investing in antibiotics critical to saving lives during pandemic influenza outbreaks
In a new study published in the journal Health Economics, researchers at CDDEP, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak. (2019-02-12)
Do we have an epidemic? Enhancing disease surveillance using a health information exchange
While disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right time has not been completely solved. (2019-02-11)
Scientists use machine learning to ID source of Salmonella
A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety in Griffin has developed a machine-learning approach that could lead to quicker identification of the animal source of certain Salmonella outbreaks. (2019-02-11)
A new protocol for Hepatitis A vaccination to prevent a vaccine-resistant virus
Researchers of the University of Barcelona (UB) have analysed, with massive sequencing techniques for the first time, the evolution of the Hepatitis A virus with samples from patients. (2019-02-08)
The protective role of dengue immunity on Zika infection in a Brazilian favela
By monitoring the spread of Zika virus through a densely populated Brazilian favela during a 2015 outbreak, researchers have gained new perspectives into the outbreaks of this virus in the Americas in recent years. (2019-02-07)
The web meets genomics: a DNA search engine for microbes
Microbes are the most common and diverse organisms on the planet. (2019-02-04)
Scientists discover Ebola virus in West African bat
Scientists announced the first finding of Zaire ebolavirus in a bat in West Africa, adding to other evidence suggesting bats serve as a natural wildlife reservoir for Ebola and other related viruses. (2019-01-24)
PopPUNK advances speed of bacterial pathogen surveillance
In a study published today in Genome Research, researchers developed PopPUNK (Population Partitioning Using Nucleotide K-mers), a computational tool for analyzing tens of thousands of bacterial genomes in a single run, up to 200-fold faster than previous methods. (2019-01-24)
Investigational monoclonal antibody to treat Ebola is safe in adults
The investigational Ebola treatment mAb114 is safe, well-tolerated, and easy to administer, according to findings from an early-stage clinical trial published in The Lancet. (2019-01-24)
Human respiratory viruses continue to spread in wild chimpanzees
Less than two years after the first report of wild chimpanzees in Uganda dying as a result of a human 'common cold' virus, a new study has identified two other respiratory viruses of human origin in chimpanzee groups in the same forest. (2019-01-22)
Outbreak of paralyzing disease linked to non-polio enterovirus through TGen-led study
Using multiple genomic sequencing tests, TGen identified a specific non-polio enterovirus -- EV-D68 -- among at least four children, according to a study published today in the scientific journal mBio. (2019-01-22)
Another piece of Ebola virus puzzle identified
A team of researchers have discovered the interaction between an Ebola virus protein and a protein in human cells that may be an important key to unlocking the pathway of replication of the killer disease in human hosts. (2019-01-17)
UK must stay vigilant for bluetongue after 2007 'lucky escape'
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have used mathematical modelling to identify why the 2007 UK outbreak of bluetongue -- a viral disease spread by midge bites that affects sheep and cattle -- was smaller than it could have been and to predict the future impact of the disease in northern Europe as the climate warms. (2019-01-14)
Madariaga virus spreads to Haiti
Madariaga virus (MADV), or South American eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), has -- until now -- been found primarily in animals of South and Central America, with the first human outbreak occurring in Panama in 2010. (2019-01-10)
Experimental antibody 'cocktail' protects animals from three deadly Ebola viruses
Scientists have developed a combination of monoclonal antibodies that protected animals from all three Ebola viruses that cause human disease. (2019-01-10)
New study of MRSA spread provides framework for community-based infection surveillance
The identification of the recent spread of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in a Brooklyn religious enclave is helping medical experts better understand how certain high-risk populations can drive the evolution of antimicrobial resistance and identify steps that can be taken to curtail its spread, according to a new study. (2019-01-07)
Close flu vaccine supply gaps to ease flu seasons, make pandemics less deadly
Gaps in the logic of how we restock flu vaccines may be costing hundreds of lives, or more. (2019-01-07)
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