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Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness

Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness | Virology News | Scoop.it
Sitting at his laboratory bench, a scientist adds mutation after mutation to a strand of rabies virus RNA, unaware that in a few short days, an outbreak of this very mutation would destroy society as we know it.
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Love it!  Zombies for public health!  Russell, you'll like this.  Thanks, Stephen Korsmann.

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Virology Journal | Abstract | Rabies molecular virology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment

Virology Journal | Abstract | Rabies molecular virology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment | Virology News | Scoop.it
Rabies is an avertable viral disease caused by the rabid animal to the warm blooded animals (zoonotic) especially human. Rabies occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.

 

A very useful review on something that is an underestimated problem in developing countries.

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CDC: Rabies victim got virus through organ transplant

CDC: Rabies victim got virus through organ transplant | Virology News | Scoop.it
A Maryland man who died of the first fatal case of human rabies in the state in nearly 40 years got the virus through an organ transplant, health officials say.
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Not something you'd ordinarily think to check for...but something you'd REALLY like to know about, before getting a transpant, or a transfusion for that matter!

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Deborah Verran's comment, March 16, 2013 4:56 PM
Rare event. It comes down to balancing risks(of transplabting donor organs) versus risks of patients dying waiting for transplant. Need to have index of suspicion in donor-ie for there to be red flags. Have also commented via http://scoop.it/t/organ-donation-transplant-matters-resources
Marion Koopmans's comment, March 17, 2013 4:36 AM
I have not seen full details, but it is striking to me that organs from a patient that must have died with neurological disease, in a country with rabies, are not tested for that. I assume here that donation from patients with neurological illness is rare, so testing those routinely for a range of neurotropic viruses would seem logical to me. Time delay does not have to be a problem, in our hospital a panel like that can be run within ours. But of course, info is too limited for any conclusion.