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Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak

Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak | Virology News | Scoop.it

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's first outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they do not know what caused the case at an egg farm.

 

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Russell Kightley Media: Ebola Virus

Russell Kightley Media: Ebola Virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Gallery: Ebola Virus on Russell Kightley Premium Scientific Pictures
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A superb collection of new images for Ebola viruses

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa : Nature Special

Ebola outbreak in West Africa : Nature Special | Virology News | Scoop.it

The current Ebola outbreak is the largest since the virus was discovered in central Africa in 1976, and the World Health Organization in July named it a 'public health emergency of international concern'. But the world's response so far has been unable to stop the epidemic, and experts say that only a vast expansion of public-health measures can end it. Meanwhile researchers are expediting clinical trials of experimental drugs and vaccines that have shown promise in animal studies. Here you can follow Nature's full, up-to-date coverage of the crisis as it unfolds, and also read a selection of stories about Ebola from our archive.

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An extremely useful resource.

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Surprising diversity of antibody family provides clues for HIV vaccine design

Surprising diversity of antibody family provides clues for HIV vaccine design | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientists have described how a single family of antibodies that broadly neutralizes different strains of HIV has evolved remarkably diverse structures to attack a vulnerable site on the virus. The findings provide clues for the design of a future HIV vaccine.
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Why Did We Overlook a HIV Vaccine that Can Protect Newborns?

Why Did We Overlook a HIV Vaccine that Can Protect Newborns? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Decades ago scientists discarded infant HIV vaccines, but now researchers believe they may have been too hasty and that pediatric HIV vaccines may in fact have a significant power to help stop the transmission of the virus.
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Ebola vaccine tests needlessly delayed, researchers claim

Ebola vaccine tests needlessly delayed, researchers claim | Virology News | Scoop.it
Experts gather at WHO to discuss how to use vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa

Stephan Becker is tired of waiting. The virologist at the University of Marburg in Germany is part of a consortium of scientists that is ready to do a safety trial of one of the candidate vaccines for Ebola. But the vaccine doses he's supposed to test on 20 German volunteers are still in Canada. Negotiations with the U.S. company that holds the license for commercialization of the vaccine—which contains a gene for the Ebola surface protein stitched into a livestock pathogen known as vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)—have needlessly delayed the start of the trial, Becker and several other scientists tell Science. "It’s making me mad, that we are sitting here and could be doing something, but things are not moving forward,” Becker says.

 

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Ongoing Battle to Control “Jumping Genes” Drives Evolution of Ever-Greater Genomic Complexity

Ongoing Battle to Control “Jumping Genes” Drives Evolution of Ever-Greater Genomic Complexity | Virology News | Scoop.it

New findings by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz), suggest that an evolutionary arms race between rival elements within the genomes of primates drove the evolution of complex regulatory networks that orchestrate the activity of genes in every cell of our bodies. The arms race is between mobile DNA sequences known as "retrotransposons" (also known as "jumping genes") and the genes that have evolved to control them. The UC Santa Cruz researchers have, for the first time, identified genes in humans that make repressor proteins to shut down specific jumping genes. The researchers also traced the rapid evolution of the repressor genes in the primate lineage.

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Rabies Day

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Top articles in the field - from BioMed Central and Springer
We are pleased to announce that we are supporting World Rabies Day. On September 28th every year, the world unites in the fight against rabies. World Rabies Day is a day of activism and awareness. Too often, fear of rabies pitches people against dogs. But when dogs are vaccinated it stops the disease at its source and prevents human deaths. In celebration of the interdependence of human and animal health, this year’s theme is #TogetherAgainstRabies. All BioMed Central articles are open access and therefore freely available online.
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Ebola Doctor Shortage Eases as Volunteers Step Forward

Ebola Doctor Shortage Eases as Volunteers Step Forward | Virology News | Scoop.it
Even with the volunteers, experts say, there will be a long gap before hospitals can be fully staffed to care for the growing numbers of Ebola patients.

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Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million Within Four Months, C.D.C. Estimates

Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million Within Four Months, C.D.C. Estimates | Virology News | Scoop.it
In the worst case, Liberia and Sierra Leone could have 21,000 cases by Sept. 30 and 1.4 million by Jan. 20; in the best model, the epidemic in both countries would be “almost ended” by then.
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Ebola Epidemic Worsening, Sierra Leone Expands Quarantine Restrictions

Ebola Epidemic Worsening, Sierra Leone Expands Quarantine Restrictions | Virology News | Scoop.it
More than a quarter of Sierra Leone is now sealed off after officials placed quarantine restrictions on hundreds of thousands more citizens.
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Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against AIDS more than Thabo Mbeki?

Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against AIDS more than Thabo Mbeki? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Has South African president Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/AIDS more than his predecessor? Opposition leader Helen Zille believes so but the evidence shows otherwise. Researched by Kate Wilkinson for AFRICA CHECK.
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I don't think so - Mbeki was utterly toxic on the subject; Zuma has at least let the Dept of Health get on with it!

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Mysterious enterovirus has reached more than half of US states

Mysterious enterovirus has reached more than half of US states | Virology News | Scoop.it
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Mysterious virus has reached more than half of US states
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The enterovirus, a more virulent strain of the virus that causes the common cold, can lead to fever, sneezing and coughing in mild cases.
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Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola | Virology News | Scoop.it

It’s nine months into the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, and the situation is only going from bad to worse. The outbreak simmered slowly in West Africa from December 2013, when the first case was retrospectively documented, through March, when it was first recognized by international authorities. It began gaining momentum in June and throughout July. Now, terms like “exponential spread” are being thrown around as the epidemic continues to expand more and more rapidly. Just last week, an increase of 700 new cases was reported, and the case count is now doubling in size approximately every three weeks.

Already, the number of cases (approximately 5,300 as of Sept. 18) and deaths (2,630) has dwarfed the total number of cases and deaths from every reported Ebola outbreak in history—and those are only the cases that we know about. Here’s where we stand with Ebola right now. 

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Nature: Ebola - First response, revisited

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has starkly exposed major gaps in plans to tackle emerging infectious diseases. Lessons must be learned.
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Ebola: Healing through song

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Geneticist Pardis Sabeti talks about the song she wrote in memory of colleagues who died in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The song is performed by Pardis and a group of African trainees who visited her lab in the summer.

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WHO: 1000s of Ebola vaccine doses in coming months - US News

WHO: 1000s of Ebola vaccine doses in coming months - US News | Virology News | Scoop.it
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines should be available in the coming months and could eventually be given to health care workers and other people who have had contact with the sick, the World Health Organization...
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Robert Plant - Rainbow on The Tonight Show 2014

Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) and the Sensational Space Shifters perform Rainbow on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sept 26, 2014 from his new album Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar....
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Bacteriophage Boom? Putting phages to work.

Bacteriophage Boom? Putting phages to work. | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers are putting a fresh crop of phage-based products to agricultural and medical use, on farms and in early-stage clinical trials.
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Enterovirus 68 Probed in Paralysis Cases in 9 US Kids

Enterovirus 68 Probed in Paralysis Cases in 9 US Kids | Virology News | Scoop.it
Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the...
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South Korea Reports New Avian H5N8 Influenza Outbreak

South Korea Reports New Avian H5N8 Influenza Outbreak | Virology News | Scoop.it

Last January South Korea reported the emergence of a new highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza called H5N8, which proceeded to march across that nation infecting scores of farms, and resulted in the culling of more than 10 million birds (see South Korea: 30 Days Into Their H5N8 Outbreak).

 
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The flu types keep emerging...universal vaccines! We need universal flu vaccines!!

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The Crazy Scientist Behind One Of The Most-Watched TED Talks Explains Ebola In 90 Seconds

The Crazy Scientist Behind One Of The Most-Watched TED Talks Explains Ebola In 90 Seconds | Virology News | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Good, simple stuff.  Now go out and DO something about it.

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Ebola Death Toll Is More Than 2,900, W.H.O. Says

Ebola Death Toll Is More Than 2,900, W.H.O. Says | Virology News | Scoop.it
The disease is spreading rapidly in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but the situation in Guinea seems to have stabilized, the United Nations health body said.
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Vaccines and Autism: Infographic

Vaccines and Autism: Infographic | Virology News | Scoop.it
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VERY useful and educational infographic!

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Urine Test for HPV Works Well

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Urine Test for HPV Works Well, Analysis Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple urine test can routinely spot human papillomavirus (HPV), which is linked to the risk of cervical cancer, a new analysis found.

"Our study shows that testing urine for HPV has good accuracy when compared to testing samples taken from the cervix for HPV," said lead researcher Dr. Neha Pathak. She is a resident in obstetrics and gynecology and research fellow at Queen Mary University of London, England.

The test could be done at home, and then interpreted by medical professionals, Pathak added.

With her colleagues, Pathak reviewed 16 published articles reporting on 14 studies that looked at the HPV urine test.

While the test is not yet widely available or included in any screening guidelines, Pathak said it has potential, but more research is needed. Right now, women only receive this test in the context of research, she explained.

 
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Ebola Requires an Emergency Response Unlike Anything the World Has Ever Mounted

Ebola Requires an Emergency Response Unlike Anything the World Has Ever Mounted | Virology News | Scoop.it

Last week, after six months of dawdling and ignoring repeated pleas fromDoctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, the world finally decided that the Ebola epidemic raging through West Africa demanded a massive, coordinated counterattack. First, President Barack Obamaannounced on Sept. 16 an enormous ramp-up of the U.S. government’s response, including sending in 3,000 military troops and redirecting $500 million from the Defense Department toward the effort. Two days later, the United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed that Ebola now “constitutes a threat to international peace and security” and demanded an urgent response from member states. Severalother countries pledged to send in more supplies and health care workers, as nongovernmental organizations like Partners in Health joined MSF to build clinics and provide care.

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