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Bats stressed by floods 'may shed virus'

BATS stressed by recent floods may cough, poo and vomit more often, leading to an outbreak of the deadly hendra virus, vets warn.
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Great: so now they have to worry about distressed bats, as well as flodding??

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Where Did Ebola Come From?

Where Did Ebola Come From? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Myths about Ebola's origins -- including some that hold that the virus was brought to African regions by health care workers -- have hurt the ability of workers to respond to the outbreak. But where did Ebola really come from?
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I have already scooped here an article about how it could have been illegal trade in chimpanzees that could have been the origin of the current outbreak - but bats could work?

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Ebola is everybody’s business

Ebola is everybody’s business | Virology News | Scoop.it

The images are beamed around the world. Emaciated bodies, lying solo at hospital gates, in one-bedroom corrugated iron shantytown shacks, in bare makeshift hospital rooms or on potholed, muddy streets.  Poor people are dying in mostly undignified settings, often alone, often shunned by fearful family and friends or an absent health system. The lucky few who reach humanitarian centres have a chance to survive, but it is mostly against great and often insurmountable odds. And sadly, even if many people do make it to some form of help, they are failed because there simply is no health system able to offer the basic level of healthcare, to which every single human being in the world should be entitled to access as a human right.

As was the case for many years with HIV, those who have the means and money to buy a hospital bed where they can access clean water, some medication, caring and trained healthcare workers or a basic intravenous drip, have a chance of survival or at the very least a dignified and pain-free end. However for thousands of west Africans contracting Ebola has been a painful, debilitating and undignified death sentence.

In many ways the ever-growing Ebola epidemic is showing up the fault lines, not only in buckling or collapsed health systems, but in society’s failure to show solidarity with the “them”, with the poor and voiceless.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak needs to become a moment where those who follow will mark it as a turning point where the world rallied; where donors, rich countries and health agencies acted decisively to invest in health systems on which billions of vulnerable people rely, but are failed daily.

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Absolutely!

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Why Influenza Is More Dangerous for Pregnant Women

Why Influenza Is More Dangerous for Pregnant Women | Virology News | Scoop.it
Immune responses are enhanced during pregnancy, study finds (RT @PNASNews: Pregnancy and influenza: http://t.co/Q4JQXN79YN)
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Dynamics of High-Risk Nonvaccine Human Papillomavirus Types after Actual Vaccination

Dynamics of High-Risk Nonvaccine Human Papillomavirus Types after Actual Vaccination | Virology News | Scoop.it
Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine publishes research and review articles focused on the application of mathematics to problems arising from the biomedical sciences. Areas of interest include gene therapy, cell kinetics, pharmacokinetics, chemotherapy, oncology, developmental biology, wound healing, physiology, heart modelling, cardiovascular and lung dynamics, neurobiology, computational neuroscience, biomechanics, biomedical statistics, image analysis, epidemiology, immunology, time series analysis, extracellular matrix properties and signalling, and tissue engineering.
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Interesting: which is why, of course, Merck are coming up with a nonavalent (=9) strain vaccine, and GSK are making chimaeras with increased strain cross-coverage.

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Anatomy of a Virus: influenza

Anatomy of a Virus: influenza | Virology News | Scoop.it
A mass spectrometry-based analysis of influenza virions provides a detailed view of their composition.
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So cool!

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Increased concern over latest strain of avian influenza in Southeast Asia

Increased concern over latest strain of avian influenza in Southeast Asia | Virology News | Scoop.it
FAO urges continued vigilance to safeguard poultry and livelihoods 22 September 2014, Rome - A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia known as A(H5N6) represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods...
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Just because we're currently obsessed with Ebola, doesn't mean flu has gone away.

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Are Viruses Alive? Yet another opinion.

Are viruses life forms or not? Scientists have been fighting about it for years, and Anthony has more on the latest wrinkle in this seemingly simple yet age-...
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Yes. Next question.

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500,000 people ill with mosquito-borne virus in Dominican Republic

500,000 people ill with mosquito-borne virus in Dominican Republic | Virology News | Scoop.it
The mosquito virus chikungunya has left almost 500,000 people ill, and 109 of them are newborn babies, according to an official in the Dominican Republic hit by the disease.
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Funny how a few Americans sick with the same virus trumps a half-million Caribbean islanders when it comes to newsworthiness

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Ebola virus outbreak: Collapse of three African states possible

Ebola virus outbreak: Collapse of three African states possible | Virology News | Scoop.it
West Africa’s Ebola epidemic threatens the “collapse” of three entire states, a Liberian minister has warned. Speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, information minister Lewis Brown said that the international media had failed to “appreciate” the scale of an epidemic that has gone beyond a health crisis to threaten “every aspect of [Liberia’s] national existence”.
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The sociopolitics of infectious disease - when health systems are too rickety to cope.

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Before Wasps Enslaved Caterpillars, They Enslaved a Virus

Before Wasps Enslaved Caterpillars, They Enslaved a Virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Every day we get more proof that wasps are the most terrifying creatures on the planet. Not only do they mind-control caterpillars and inject them with their wasp babies, they also managed to enslave a virus to do their dirty work for them.

Just when you get used to wasps, they spring some new diabolical thing on you. When you get accustomed to the fact that they stuff other creatures full of their eggs so that their larvae eat the other creature from the inside out, it is revealed that they also dabbled in mind control. And when you finally settle down about the fact that the wasps can drive caterpillars around like golf carts, the wasps add a virus to the mix.

When you think about it, the use of a virus makes sense. There's a reason why every single thing that gets under our skin doesn't fester or proliferate until it takes over our entire body. We have an immune system that attacks debris and breaks it down. Caterpillars have the same thing, until these viruses, called polydnaviruses hit them. The viruses are injected along with the wasp egg. The virus takes out the caterpillars' immune systems so the wasp eggs aren't in danger.
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Viruses: gotta love 'em. Because they want it that way B-)

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Why Ebola is very unlikely to go airborne

Why Ebola is very unlikely to go airborne | Virology News | Scoop.it
Fears that Ebola will mutate and spread through the air are overblown, experts say.
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I suppose H5N1 flu has been around for years, and has not yet mutated to spread easily human-to-human - so the logic may work.

However, that was NOT true for the 1918 flu. I think it is dangerous to make predictions like this - either way.

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Ebola health team found murdered

Ebola health team found murdered | Virology News | Scoop.it
The group had been working to spread public-health messages in Guinea.
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Nepal in historic introduction of the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)

Nepal in historic introduction of the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) | Virology News | Scoop.it
The IPV will help secure a world free of all polio disease

KATHMANDU, 18 September 2014 – In a landmark step to accelerate the global eradication of polio and help prevent a resurgence of the disease, Nepal is today introducing the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization programme. Nepal has the distinction of being the first country in South Asia region to launch IPV as part of the global roll-out of the vaccine.
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Indeed historic - because it marks the beginning of the global endgame in the battle against polio.  Using a killed vaccine means NO circulating live virus derived from vaccine strains.

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Ebola virus in humans may be here to stay

Ebola virus in humans may be here to stay | Virology News | Scoop.it
In a grim assessment of the Ebola epidemic, researchers say the deadly virus threatens to become endemic to West Africa instead of eventually disappearing from humans.

"The current epidemiologic outlook is bleak," wrote a panel of more than 60 World Health Organization experts in a study published Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

"We must therefore face the possibility that Ebola virus disease will become endemic among the human population of West Africa, a prospect that has never previously been contemplated."

In the absence of new control measures, the authors estimated that the total case load would exceed 20,000 by Nov 2.

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Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2014 | Cape Town, South Africa

Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2014 | Cape Town, South Africa | Virology News | Scoop.it
Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2014 is being held from 30 September to 3 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
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Because. Cape Town B-)

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Switzerland set for Ebola vaccine clinical trials

Switzerland set for Ebola vaccine clinical trials | Virology News | Scoop.it
swissinfo.ch Switzerland set for Ebola vaccine clinical trials The Local.ch There is no licenced treatment or vaccine against the virus, one of the deadliest known to man, and the World Health Organization has endorsed rushing through experimental...
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Possibly the most reasoned discussion yet of airborne Ebola

Possibly the most reasoned discussion yet of airborne Ebola | Virology News | Scoop.it

In this post, I'd like to make sure we all understand that an airborne route of Ebola virus infection has been used to deliberately infect non-human primates (NHPs). It ispossible and it can be done. Okay? I'm not covering up any secret knowledge or trying to conceal facts that only we few evil-society-of-science types know. I don't secretly work for an agency aiming to delude you dear readers into feeling falsely safe about the risks associated with being near an Ebola virus infected person (which most reading this will likely never be). Frankly, I'm learning this as I go.

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Great blog!

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Muslim pilgrims [in Nigeria] checked for Ebola virus on their way to Mecca

Muslim pilgrims [in Nigeria] checked for Ebola virus on their way to Mecca | Virology News | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Muslim pilgrims checked for Ebola virus on their way to Mecca Daily Mail Muslim pilgrims on their way to Mecca were tested for the Ebola virus at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos today prior to their trip to the...
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Call to offer HPV vaccine to boys

Call to offer HPV vaccine to boys | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientific experts are meeting on Monday to discuss whether boys as well as girls should be offered the HPV jab.
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Exotic mosquito-borne virus makes US premiere, infects 2 (!) in Florida

Exotic mosquito-borne virus makes US premiere, infects 2 (!) in Florida | Virology News | Scoop.it
A disease transmitted by mosquitos has appeared in the US from the Caribbean, with health officials expressing frustration over their inability to control the spread of such pathogens.
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Quod erat demonstrandum.  SO why don't they help control the virus in the Caribbean, then??

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Rare respiratory virus spreads to 22 US states

Rare respiratory virus spreads to 22 US states | Virology News | Scoop.it
The latest on which states have the uncommon virus strain sickening children.

That rare respiratory illness sickening children around the countrycontinues to crop up in new places. It has been confirmed in 22 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, appearing in three states where it had not been previously: Georgia, Michigan and Washington state.

These children are facing an uncommon enterovirus strain. While enteroviruses in general are quite common, this particular strain — enterovirus 68 — has not cropped up terribly often since it was first identified in 1962. It can cause severe breathing problems, a particular danger for children who may suffer from asthma or other respiratory issues.

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Ebola Virus: New Aid Worker Attack In Sierra Leone Amid Curfew

Ebola Virus: New Aid Worker Attack In Sierra Leone Amid Curfew | Virology News | Scoop.it
Sierra Leone is under a curfew, but villagers close to its capital nonetheless attacked workers attempting to bury Ebola victims.
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Beak and feather disease virus: correlation between viral load and clinical signs in wild Cape parrots

Beak and feather disease virus: correlation between viral load and clinical signs in wild Cape parrots | Virology News | Scoop.it

Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), the most prevalent viral disease affecting psittacines, is caused by beak and feather disease virus (BFDV). This study assessed viral load using qPCR in a wild Cape parrot population affected by PBFD and compared it to overall physical condition based on clinical signs attributable to PBFD. A significant inverse correlation between viral load and overall physical condition was found, which confirmed that clinical signs may confidently be used to diagnose the relative severity of BFDV infections in wild populations. This is the first assessment of BFDV viral load in a wild psittacine population.

 
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Nice one Guy! Except for the typo in the title, but hey, if the co-authors don't see it, tough!

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A short visual history of the Ebola epidemic

The Ebola outbreak has reached an unprecedented number of victims in the history of the disease.
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What we are NOT afraid to say about Ebola virus

What we are NOT afraid to say about Ebola virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
The message is clear: gain of function (airborne transmission) is accompanied by loss of function (virulence).
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The discussion is interesting.

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