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Major breakthrough in HIV prevention

Major breakthrough in HIV prevention | Virology News | Scoop.it
MELBOURNE researchers have developed cows' milk that can defend human cells against HIV.

Lead researcher, University of Melbourne's Marit Kramski said they vaccinated pregnant cows - which cannot contract human immunodeficiency virus - with an HIV protein [Env?] and studied the first milk produced by the cow after birth.

HIV cases in Australia on the rise

Dr Kramski said this first milk, called colostrum, produced milk high in antibodies to protect its newborn against disease.

The researchers were able to inhibit the virus from infecting cells when "combing the virus cells with milk" [sic - I think they mean combining the virus with milk containing antibodies].

 

I think this is very interesting, and has potential for trial in monkeys - not humans, because there is the little problem of the antibodies that would go into a virucidal cream being from cows - meaning they would elicit an immune response, unlike the humanised anti-HIV monoclonals being made in plants by the Fraunhofer Institute.

 

Still, using cow's milk is an inventive thing to do - and sounds like a very cheap source of antibodies.  Except that colostrum is ONLY produced immediately after birth of a calf, so it will nothing like as cheap as milk.

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AUSTRALIA in the grip of the worst flu outbreak ever [maybe]

AUSTRALIA in the grip of the worst flu outbreak ever [maybe] | Virology News | Scoop.it
Photo sunshinecoastdaily.com.au AUSTRALIA is in the grip of the worst flu outbreak on record and experts are urging people to have
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Penile allotransplantation for penis amputation following ritual circumcision: a case report with 24 months of follow-up

Penile allotransplantation for penis amputation following ritual circumcision: a case report with 24 months of follow-up | Virology News | Scoop.it
Penile transplantation restored normal physiological functions in this transplant
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A new single-nucleotide polymorphism linked to severe influenza disease

Clear links between human genes and susceptibility to influenza disease are scarce. A recent study uncovers a gene variant coupled to severe influenza, and shows how it hampers the expression of an antiviral gene that is key to immune cell survival.
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Another case of Avian Influenza reported in Mpumalanga

Another case of Avian Influenza reported in Mpumalanga | Virology News | Scoop.it
Another case of Avian Influenza reported in Mpumalanga: The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has reported another case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8, which has b…
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Philippine troops to help cull thousands of fowl in bird flu battle

Philippine troops to help cull thousands of fowl in bird flu battle | Virology News | Scoop.it
MANILA: The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten a cull of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to rein in the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of bird flu.

There has been no case of human transmission after the flu was detected on a farm in the province of Pampanga, about 75 km (47 miles) north of the capital Manila, but it has spread to about 36 other farms and nearly 40,000 birds have died.

"I have asked the Philippine army to provide us with additional warm bodies to help us in depopulating the farms," Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol told a news conference.

"Six hundred thousand is no mean job. Our personnel are facing a difficult task and we lack people."

Pinol said the government had about 200 men in the area, but fewer than 20,000 birds had been culled since the outbreak was reported.

Brigadier-General Rodel Mairo Alarcon said at least 300 soldiers would be sent to the province on Thursday to assist in the cull of chicken, quail and ducks.

"The Philippines army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines is 100 percent in support of this effort," Alarcon said.

Soldiers will be given protective gear and doses of a drug, Tamiflu, to guard them against possible infection.

Two sick farm workers from the area have tested negative for the virus, health ministry spokesman Eric Tayag said.

Although the health ministry has yet to identify the specific strain of the virus that hit the Philippines, health and farm officials say initial tests have ruled out the highly pathogenic H5N1.

Samples are being sent to Australia for further testing to determine the presence of the N6 variety of the strain.

The Philippines is the latest country in Asia, Africa and Europe and Africa to suffer the spread of bird flu viruses in recent months. Many strains only infect birds, but the H7N9 strain has led to human cases, including deaths, in China.

(Reporting by Roland Ng and Manuel Mogato; Editing by Martin Petty and Clarence Fernandez)
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Scientists develop improved, potentially safer plant-made Zika vaccine

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ASU Biodesign Institute scientist Qiang 'Shawn' Chen has led his research team to develop the world's first plant-based Zika vaccine that could be more potent, safer and cheaper to produce than any other efforts to date.
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Guinea: First residents receive Russia's Ebola vaccine shots

Residents of Guinea's western city of Kindia were among the first to get vaccinated with a new Russian-developed Ebola vaccine at the Centre for Epidemi
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DR Congo Scientists Prevent Avian Influenza Outbreak Using PCR

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This is the first time we spot this strain of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain in DR Congo We were surprised but also lucky to detect it soon enough said
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Rare West Nile virus complications can devastate victims’ lives

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FONTANA >> Recovery started with a twitch of his tongue.Greg Lee had been paralyzed and in intensive care for nearly 100 days at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center after being diagnosed with West Nile virus in September 2015.
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For Clinicians: Tips and time-savers for talking with parents about HPV

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Tips and time-savers for talking with parents about HPV vaccine.
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Study finds FluMist was ineffective in 2015-16 flu season

Researchers found that the live attenuated influenza vaccine FluMist was only 5% effective in children ages 2 to 17 during the 2015-16 flu season, compared with 60% for the inactivated flu vaccine. The findings follow a recommendation from the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices not to use the live attenuated vaccine for the 2016-17 season.
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Philippines reports first avian flu, to cull 400,000 birds

Philippines reports first avian flu, to cull 400,000 birds | Virology News | Scoop.it
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Rotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids' Hospitalization, Medical Costs

Hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea in young children have been prevented since routine vaccination against rotavirus began in the United States a decade ago, a new study shows.
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Serologic Evidence for Influenza C and D Virus among Ruminants and Camelids, Africa, 1991–2015

Serologic Evidence for Influenza C and D Virus among Ruminants and Camelids, Africa, 1991–2015 | Virology News | Scoop.it
Influenza D virus has been identified in America, Europe, and Asia. We detected influenza D virus antibodies in cattle and small ruminants from North (Morocco) and West (Togo and Benin) Africa. Dromedary camels in Kenya harbored influenza C or D virus antibodies, indicating a potential new host for these viruses.
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Learn Why Most Vaccine Injury Stories Aren't What You Think They Are

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Most vaccine injury stories aren't what you think they are. We know that vaccines don't cause autism, allergies, and SIDS, and other diseases!
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South Africa Confirms Presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Two Ostrich Farms in Heidelberg Area

South Africa Confirms Presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Two Ostrich Farms in Heidelberg Area | Virology News | Scoop.it
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Philippines DOH isolates 2 persons with flu-like symptoms amid bird flu outbreak

Philippines DOH isolates 2 persons with flu-like symptoms amid bird flu outbreak | Virology News | Scoop.it
MANILA- The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said it was monitoring 2 persons with flu-like symptoms who may have been exposed to the virus in chicken farms affected by the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga.
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Hepatitis B vaccine to be rationed in the UK

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Anti-Vaxxer Dog Owners Are Now Putting Their—and Your—Pets' Health at Risk

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Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — and Ineffectiveness — Estimated for 2015–16 Flu Season

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During the 2015–16 flu season, influenza vaccination was estimated to be 48% effective against any flu …
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Massive simulation shows HIV capsid interacting with its environment

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Monitoring Avian Influenza Viruses from Chicken Carcasses Sold at Markets, China, 2016

Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 Oct 15;23(10). doi: 10.3201/eid2310.170679. [Epub ahead of print]
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US implications of avian influenza in Mexico

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Armando Mirande, an independent poultry consultant based in Texas, discusses the possible introduction of disease (avian influenza, Newcastle or otherwise) … source
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Doctors warn on ‘deadly’ flu virus in Zimbabwe

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Thandeka Moyo Bulawayo Bureau MEDICAL doctors yesterday warned that a flu bug, which may cause complications if not treated early, has hit the country. They said the bug has malaria-like symptoms and severely weakens its victims. A doctor, who runs a surgery in Bulawayo and cannot be named for...
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