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The Struggle Against MERS-CoV (The Novel Coronavirus)

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A nicely written concise overview of MERS-CoV from the Oman Medical Journal.

 

"The fact that our current knowledge on this virus is sparse should not induce unnecessary panic or fear, instead it should promote vigilance and a state of preparedness."

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Obama asks for $1.8 billion in emergency Zika funding

Obama asks for $1.8 billion in emergency Zika funding | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
The new request comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that its emergency operations center has been put on a “Level 1” status — its highest level of activation — because of the Zika outbreak. The CDC has only put its operations center at Level 1 three times in the past: during the Ebola outbreak in 2014; during the H1N1 pandemic in in 2009; and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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Australian virologists to join global fight against Zika virus

Australian virologists to join global fight against Zika virus | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
outbreak. While an outbreak was not impossible, it would likely be small and well contained, virologists have s
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Folha de S.Paulo - Internacional - En - Science and Health - Study Confirms that Zika Virus Can Cross Placenta During Pregnancy - 20/01/2016

Folha de S.Paulo - Internacional - En - Science and Health - Study Confirms that Zika Virus Can Cross Placenta During Pregnancy - 20/01/2016 | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
n cells both from the mother and the embryo.

According to the virologist Cláudia Nunes Duarte dos Santos, who participated in the research, the findings confirm the transmission of the zika vir
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Australia pledges aid to help Tonga with Zika virus

Australia pledges aid to help Tonga with Zika virus | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
Australia pledges up to $500,000 in aid to Tonga to help combat the spread of the Zika virus after an outbreak was declared last week raised concerns in the region.
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Brazil declares emergency after 2,400 babies are born with brain damage, possibly due to mosquito-borne virus

Brazil declares emergency after 2,400 babies are born with brain damage, possibly due to mosquito-borne virus | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
The country's health ministry called it "an unprecedented situation, unprecedented in world scientific research."
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On Brazil's Zika front lines, cases of microcephaly are actually dropping

On Brazil's Zika front lines, cases of microcephaly are actually dropping | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
Brazilian doctors at the epicenter of the Zika virus crisis say cases of microcephaly has declined.
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Why the Zika virus was ignored for so long

Why the Zika virus was ignored for so long | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
ON FEBRUARY 1st, the World Health Organisation declared the spread of the Zika virus a global public health emergency. The virus, a suspected cause of birth defects...
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Zika virus raises alarm as it spreads in the Americas

Zika virus raises alarm as it spreads in the Americas | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
Zika virus has been in Africa and Asia for decades. But is has now spread to the Americas. And it may cause a devastating birth defect.
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Authorities confirm Queensland woman contracted Zika virus

Authorities confirm Queensland woman contracted Zika virus | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
ted positive to the mosquito-borne virus in January and was treated in hospital but was now recovering at hom
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Tonga declares Zika epidemic; Australia prepares to boost testing facilities

Tonga declares Zika epidemic; Australia prepares to boost testing facilities | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
Health officials in Tonga have declared a Zika epidemic after just five confirmed cases More than 260 people presented with possible symptoms of the virus in the Polynesian kingdom sparking fears t
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How One Brazilian Doctor Connected Zika to Birth Defects

How One Brazilian Doctor Connected Zika to Birth Defects | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
I always believed there was a connection between microcephaly and Zika
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Birth Defects in Brazil May Be Over-Reported Amid Zika Fears

Birth Defects in Brazil May Be Over-Reported Amid Zika Fears | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
After many false alarms, the government is considering tightening the guidelines establishing when health care providers should report infants born with abnormally small heads.
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Study finds large numbers of microcephaly cases in Brazil before Zika arrived

Study finds large numbers of microcephaly cases in Brazil before Zika arrived | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
A study released Feb.
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Brazil reports Zika infection from blood transfusions

Brazil reports Zika infection from blood transfusions | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
Brazilian health officials said on Thursday they have confirmed two cases of transmission of Zika through transfusions of blood from donors who had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly through the Americas.
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Guillain–Barré syndrome

In Guillain-Barré syndrome, the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The syndrome can affect the nerves that control muscle movement as well as those that transmit feelings of pain, temperature and touch. This can result in muscle weakness and loss of sensation in the legs and/or arms.
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Battling Zika virus by repelling the mosquito menace

Battling Zika virus by repelling the mosquito menace | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
Being proactive and working together with the community I think ar
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Brazil state announces Zika fever emergency - BBC News

Brazil state announces Zika fever emergency - BBC News | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
The Brazilian state of Pernambuco announces a state of emergency to help speed up the response to Zika fever, which has been linked to birth defects.
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Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus - CNN.com

Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus - CNN.com | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
Birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus called Zika leads to a warning for would-be parents in Brazil.
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Scientific ignorance about Zika parallels Aids crisis in 1980s, say Brazilian experts

Scientific ignorance about Zika parallels Aids crisis in 1980s, say Brazilian experts | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
ase in microcephaly happened exactly in the places where Zika had hit between seven and 10 months earlier. So the time frame fits. Also, the majority of women who have given birth to children with microcephaly have described the symptoms of
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Health Ministry pulls up laboratories for trying to cash in on Zika scare : Mail Today, News - India Today

Health Ministry pulls up laboratories for trying to cash in on Zika scare : Mail Today, News - India Today | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
A day after leading pathology labs and diagnostics chains made announcements of rolling out test kits for the deadly virus, the Union Ministry of Health pulled up private players, saying they cannot cash in on a public health emergency.
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El Salvador Introduces Mosquito-Eating Fish to Zika Fight

El Salvador Introduces Mosquito-Eating Fish to Zika Fight | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
In an op-ed, El Salvador Vice Minister of Health Eduardo Espinoza stated the government uses mosquito-eating fish to fight against the Zika virus.
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Health officials want more Zika samples

Health officials want more Zika samples
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Judy Stone's curator insight, February 7, 8:51 PM

Data sharing was critical to stopping SARS and lack thereof has been a major problem w MERS, other outbreaks.

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Rapid-testing centre for Zika virus to be set up in Townsville

Rapid-testing centre for Zika virus to be set up in Townsville | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
A special pathology centre will be set up in Townsville to rapidly test for Zika virus in humans, but authorities say there is still a minimal risk in Queensland.
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C.D.C. Issues Zika Advisory for Pregnant Women and Sex Partners

C.D.C. Issues Zika Advisory for Pregnant Women and Sex Partners | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged pregnant women whose male partners have spent time in a Zika-affected country to abstain from sex or use condoms during their pregnancy.
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Reproductive Effects of Occupational DDT Exposure Among Male

Reproductive Effects of Occupational DDT Exposure Among Male | Emerging Viruses, Virus Discovery and Virus Characterization | Scoop.it
DDT was widely used to control malaria during the last half of the 20th century in many countries in the world.
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