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Fears grow over deadly new virus

Fears grow over deadly new virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization warns that it appears "increasingly" likely that the new coronavirus can be passed between people in close contact.
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Yet ANOTHER damn virus to worry about...B-(  Thanks, Ken Yaw Agyeman-Badu!

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Multi-virus detector chip created by Singapore team

Multi-virus detector chip created by Singapore team | Virology News | Scoop.it
In a world first, a Singapore scientist and his team have developed a chip which can detect up to 70,000 different viruses and bacteria in one test.
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Virus on a chip: one better than gannet on a stick....

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Scientists find how deadly new virus infects human cells

Scientists find how deadly new virus infects human cells | Virology News | Scoop.it
LONDON  - Scientists have worked out how a deadly new virus which was unknown in humans until last year is able to infect human cells and cause severe, potentially fatal damage to the lungs. The finding, published in the journal Nature, came as the...
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It is unprecedented how quickly people are finding things out about this new virus - but then, the technology is so advanced these days, that we should HOPE they would.  Especially if it takes off....

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Overview of the Novel Lethal Coronavirus

Overview of the Novel Lethal Coronavirus | Virology News | Scoop.it
CDC Coronavirus: Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. They can infect people and animals. Five different coronaviruses can infect people and make them sick. They usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory illness.

 

SARS coronavirus graphic by Russell Kightley Media

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10 Emerging Viruses With No Licensed Vaccine

10 Emerging Viruses With No Licensed Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it

Vaccination has been successful at controlling many of the world’s diseases. However, there are many emerging viral diseases for which no licensed (US or EU) vaccine exists. Here I’ve selected 10 emerging or re-emerging viruses which I think are especially important due to their incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality and suitability of current treatment.

Ed Rybicki's insight:

Nice account, if brief!  I note Lassa, RFV, WNV and others have been covered in ViroBlogy (http://rybicki.wordpress.com) in recent years as well.

 

All candidates for Going Green...B-)

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Coronavirus: is this the next pandemic?

Coronavirus: is this the next pandemic? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Last September a doctor in a Saudi hospital was fired for reporting a new, deadly strain of the coronavirus.
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It could be, it could just be, that this is not alarmist - that it is, in fact, a sober warning for what could be coming.  The Middle East is now a world air transport hub; there is a LOT more movement of people in and out of it, and of livestock into it, than ever before - so time may be ripe for the emergence of a new threat to humans.

 

Let's hope not....

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Stephen Korsman's comment, March 16, 2013 8:06 AM
Fired??? And the "HIV can be cured" lot are NOT fired??
Mitch Saruwatari's curator insight, June 6, 2013 9:40 AM

Great intuitive medicine and shared information helped identify and better define the scope of this outbreak.  However, it's sad there are still organizations such as the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health that choose to ignore the early signs of potentially global infectious agents.