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Camels are MERS Virus Reservoirs

Camels are MERS Virus Reservoirs | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers have concluded that these animals, known as the “ships of the desert,” can ferry the deadly coronavirus, perhaps infecting people.
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Interesting idea: vaccinate camels to stop them shedding.  Now - to make the vaccine in plants!

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New vaccine generates strong immune response against hepatitis C

New vaccine generates strong immune response against hepatitis C | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new hepatitis C vaccine has shown promising results in an early clinical trial at Oxford University, generating strong and broad immune responses against the virus causing the diseaseNovember 5, 2014

The vaccine was found to be very safe and well tolerated in the 15 healthy human volunteers who took part in the phase 1 safety trial.

A trial to test the efficacy of the vaccine is now underway among intravenous drug users in two sites in the USA. It is the first hepatitis C vaccine to reach this stage of clinical trials.

The aim is to see if the vaccine is able to offer any protection from infection in this group at high risk of hepatitis C compared with placebo.

‘The size and breadth of the immune responses seen in the healthy volunteers are unprecedented in magnitude for a hepatitis C vaccine,’ says principal investigator Professor Ellie Barnes of the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford University.

The Oxford University team, with colleagues from the Italian biotechnology company Okairos (now part of GSK) and Stanford University in the USA, have published their results in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

 

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Norovirus: The Perfect Pathogen Emerges From the Shadows

Norovirus: The Perfect Pathogen Emerges From the Shadows | Virology News | Scoop.it
As the year comes to a close, people are starting to puke. The notorious stomach bug known as norovirus is starting its annual rampage,, which will last from late fall through winter. A couple year...
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In the US and Canada, obviously. We don't do that here B-) Or this time of the year, anyway.

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Ebola: Prevention and Containment video

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Diagnostics analyst Aish Vivekanadan with Frost & Sullivan's global Life Sciences practices sheds light on why Ebola is so hard to treat, currently available diagnostic tests, companies pursuing other tests and the roadblocks in the way of progress.

 
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Taking Shots at Ebola: another company jumps on the bandwagon

Taking Shots at Ebola: another company jumps on the bandwagon | Virology News | Scoop.it
With an infusion of public and private resources and accelerated regulatory processes, a handful of companies are racing to develop a vaccine to curb the Ebola epidemic.
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Ebola vaccine story shows folly of free-market drugs

Ebola vaccine story shows folly of free-market drugs | Virology News | Scoop.it
Canadian public-sector scientists’ creation of a promising vaccine against Ebola is a major coup, but its subsequent licensing to a U.S. firm, which delayed human trials, reveals the downside of the profit motive
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I can only agree - BUT with the caveat that vaccines that are needed in the developing world should be backed by governments directly funding Pharma; others should maybe be left alone.

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The Anti-Vaccine Movement Is Forgetting the Polio Epidemic

The Anti-Vaccine Movement Is Forgetting the Polio Epidemic | Virology News | Scoop.it
On the 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk's birth, his son Peter talks about the backlash against vaccines and other human factors that make it difficult to eradicate deadly viruses.
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"Shocking" Report On Flu Vaccine Is Neither Shocking Nor Correct

"Shocking" Report On Flu Vaccine Is Neither Shocking Nor Correct | Virology News | Scoop.it
Anti-vaccine websites are recycling claims that the flu vaccine is ineffective. It turns out that the claims are little more than a clever way to turn uncertainty about the vaccine's benefits into an anti-vaccine message.
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New Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Kenya

Malaria control efforts currently depend mostly on things like chemically-treated mosquito nets and spraying against the disease-carrying insects. But scientists in Kenya say that next year,...
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Differentiating among influenza, enterovirus, Ebola can be confusing

Differentiating among influenza, enterovirus, Ebola can be confusing | Virology News | Scoop.it
A trio of headline-grabbing viruses — Ebola, enterovirus and influenza — have the potential to create a perfect storm of confusion among those falling ill because fever is a symptom
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Only if you're from the USA - because only there do people seem to think they are in danger of Ebola, whereas their chance of getting it is almost infinitesimal.

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Why Some Patients Resist Ebola Infection on Their Own

Why Some Patients Resist Ebola Infection on Their Own | Virology News | Scoop.it
While the Ebola virus has a well-deserved lethal reputation, genes may explain why some people resist death or illness.

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The biggest killer diseases in history

The biggest killer diseases in history | Virology News | Scoop.it
We take a look at some of the world’s deadliest diseases, and the death tolls they have caused.

The current Ebola outbreak has put the disease firmly in the global spotlight as cases exceed 10,000, with more than 4,900 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

However, compared to other viruses and global epidemics in history, the Ebola virus’ impact has, so far, been minimal.

Ebola first showed up in the world in 1976, according to the WHO, and has since led to the deaths of approximately 6,250 people in total.

By contrast, Malaria is reported to have wiped out half of all people who have ever lived – and continues to be one of the biggest killers today.

BusinessTech takes a look at some of the world’s deadliest diseases, and the death tolls they have left in their wake.

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Sobering: puts Ebola into perspective. Which is not to say it's not important - just that it's not AS important as things we tend to ignore.

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Infection Secrets of Ebola Explained

Infection Secrets of Ebola Explained | Virology News | Scoop.it
By attacking the body's first responders, the virus cripples the immune system before it can mount an effective defense
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Nice account of how Ebolaviruses cause disease.

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Ebola and dogs: testing not automatic euthanasia?

ve to love dog lovers - because I am sure THE World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is calling for dogs that are exposed to the Ebola virus in countries that are not endemic for the disease to be tested and quarantined rather than be automatically euthanased. The call follows the euthanasia of the pet dog belonging to a Spanish health worker who was infected by the virus after caring for a missionary who died from Ebola.

The WSAVA reports that the dog was euthanased against the health worker's wishes on October 8 on the orders of the Spanish government. The Madrid regional government obtained a court order to euthanase the dog, claiming that ‘available scientific information’ could not rule out ‘a risk of contagion’. The WSAVA says that quarantine was not considered as an alternative. People who have come into contact with the health worker have been placed in quarantine.

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You have to love dog lovers - but I really don't think people are going to be testing too many dogs in outbreak areas! 

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Phase II Clinical Efficacy Data of Cervical Cancer Therapeutic DNA Vaccine

Phase II Clinical Efficacy Data of Cervical Cancer Therapeutic DNA Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
Inovio Presents Phase II Clinical Efficacy Data at the 15th World Vaccine Congress
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Ebola Virus Disease Information Page: University of Cape Town

Ebola Virus Disease Information Page: University of Cape Town | Virology News | Scoop.it
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A welcome informational addition, by my hard-worked Med School colleagues

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Breathable Ebola Vaccine Protects Nonhuman Primates

A single dose of a breathable Ebola vaccine has been shown to provide long-lasting protection to nonhuman primates. The vaccine, a respiratory formulation based on an adenovirus, improved survival of immunized nonhuman primates from 67 to 100% after the challenge with 1,000 plaque-forming units of Ebola Zaire—the strain currently ravaging West Africa. Protection was recorded to last as long as 150 days after immunization.

These results emerged from a preclinical study that was led by Maria Croyle, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy, and Gary Kobinger, Ph.D., head of vector design and immunotherapy at the National Microbiology Laboratoryin Winnipeg. The researchers summarized their findings November 1 in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, in an article entitled, “A Single Dose Respiratory Recombinant Adenovirus-Based Vaccine Provides Long-Term Protection for Non-Human Primates from Lethal Ebola Infection.”

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Circovirus in Dogs FAQ

Circovirus in Dogs FAQ | Virology News | Scoop.it
This page answers pet owners' common questions about the recently discovered canine circovirus and its possible role in disease in dogs.
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Ebola outbreak: Virus 'spreading quickly' in Sierra Leone

Ebola outbreak: Virus 'spreading quickly' in Sierra Leone | Virology News | Scoop.it
Just as the Ebola crisis in Liberia appears to be beginning to improve, the outbreak in neighbouring Sierra Leone takes a turn for the worse.
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Canadian Ebola vaccine to be used in largest human trial

Canadian Ebola vaccine to be used in largest human trial | Virology News | Scoop.it
An experimental Canadian-made vaccine is one of the leading contenders in the unprecedented race to develop a tool that will stop the deadly Ebola epidemic.
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The planet’s deadliest infectious diseases, by country

The planet’s deadliest infectious diseases, by country | Virology News | Scoop.it
Tuberculosis and AIDS aren't trending on Twitter like Ebola, but perhaps they should be VIDEO
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From what I have just heard about TB here in South Africa, I would put it FIRST among the things I would be scared of getting.

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A Virus Found In Lakes May Be Literally Changing The Way People Think

A Virus Found In Lakes May Be Literally Changing The Way People Think | Virology News | Scoop.it
We thought this virus just lived in plants. But not only can it affect people, it may be changing the way their brains work.

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