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Emerging Infectious Diseases March 2014 Newsletter | CDC

Emerging Infectious Diseases March 2014 Newsletter | CDC | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Emerging Infectious Diseases March 2014 Newsletter | CDC ... Comparison of Imported Plasmodium ovale curtisi and P. ovale wallikeri Infections among Patients in Spain, 2005–2011. G. Rojo-Marcos et al.
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1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say - National Geographic

1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say - National Geographic | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
National Geographic 1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say National Geographic For the last decade, experts such as Jeffery Taubenberger, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have...
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Last-Resort Therapy Saving Lives During Flu Epidemic | UAB

Last-Resort Therapy Saving Lives During Flu Epidemic | UAB | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are employing a technology known as ECMO as a last-resort therapy for extremely severe cases of influenza.
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Personal ties to Cholera, 1833

Personal ties to Cholera, 1833 | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Map created by Henry S Tanner of the 1832 Cholera pandemic
What a strange feeling looking at this map of the 1832 cholera pandemic.  It looks like a blotchy bruise on the country. A little surprise at how restricted the pandemic was in America.
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Evidence Mounting that Morgellons Disease is an Emerging Infectious Illness, Contrary to CDC Report

Evidence Mounting that Morgellons Disease is an Emerging Infectious Illness, Contrary to CDC Report | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Latest Scientific Findings Announced by The Charles E.
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PDL-1 Antibody Could Help Immune System Fight Off Influenza | Global Biodefense

An antibody that blocks a component of a key signaling pathway in the respiratory airways could help the immune system rid the body of the influenza virus, a new study suggests.
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Predicting and controlling infectious disease epidemics using temporal networks

Predicting and controlling infectious disease epidemics using temporal networks | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it

Infectious diseases can be considered to spread over social networks of people or animals. Mainly owing to the development of data recording and analysis techniques, an increasing amount of social contact data with time stamps has been collected in the last decade. Such temporal data capture the dynamics of social networks on a timescale relevant to epidemic spreading and can potentially lead to better ways to analyze, forecast, and prevent epidemics. However, they also call for extended analysis tools for network epidemiology, which has, to date, mostly viewed networks as static entities. We review recent results of network epidemiology for such temporal network data and discuss future developments.

 

Predicting and controlling infectious disease epidemics using temporal networks

Naoki Masuda and Petter Holme

F1000Prime Rep2013, 5:6 (doi: 10.12703/P5-6)

http://f1000.com/prime/reports/b/5/6


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“Wrong, but Useful”: Negotiating Uncertainty in Infectious Disease Modelling

“Wrong, but Useful”: Negotiating Uncertainty in Infectious Disease Modelling | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it

For infectious disease dynamical models to inform policy for containment of infectious diseases the models must be able to predict; however, it is well recognised that such prediction will never be perfect. Nevertheless, the consensus is that although models are uncertain, some may yet inform effective action. This assumes that the quality of a model can be ascertained in order to evaluate sufficiently model uncertainties, and to decide whether or not, or in what ways or under what conditions, the model should be ‘used’. We examined uncertainty in modelling, utilising a range of data: interviews with scientists, policy-makers and advisors, and analysis of policy documents, scientific publications and reports of major inquiries into key livestock epidemics. We show that the discourse of uncertainty in infectious disease models is multi-layered, flexible, contingent, embedded in context and plays a critical role in negotiating model credibility. We argue that usability and stability of a model is an outcome of the negotiation that occurs within the networks and discourses surrounding it. This negotiation employs a range of discursive devices that renders uncertainty in infectious disease modelling a plastic quality that is amenable to ‘interpretive flexibility’. The utility of models in the face of uncertainty is a function of this flexibility, the negotiation this allows, and the contexts in which model outputs are framed and interpreted in the decision making process. We contend that rather than being based predominantly on beliefs about quality, the usefulness and authority of a model may at times be primarily based on its functional status within the broad social and political environment in which it acts.

 

Paper: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0076277

 


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Could Yellow Fever Return to the United States? - PLoS Blogs (blog)

Could Yellow Fever Return to the United States? - PLoS Blogs (blog) | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Could Yellow Fever Return to the United States?
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Scientists ‘incredibly concerned’ for fate of banana as plagues and fungus infections spread across world’s supplies

Scientists ‘incredibly concerned’ for fate of banana as plagues and fungus infections spread across world’s supplies | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
The world’s supply of bananas is under threat from plagues of bugs and fungal infections which could be disastrous if they continue to spread, researchers say.

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The Super-spreading Landscape of Urban Dengue Fever

The Super-spreading Landscape of Urban Dengue Fever | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Dengue Fever is one of the most concerning emerging infectious diseases of the early 21st century.
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NY Blood Center Receives Funding to Develop MERS Vaccine

NYBC’s Laboratory of Viral Immunology at its Lindsley F.
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Map of vaccine-preventable diseases shows prevalence of measles in the UK

Map of vaccine-preventable diseases shows prevalence of measles in the UK | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
An interactive visualisation mapping outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the globe shows a high prevalence of measles cases in the UK that puts it on a par, at least superficially, with regions of India and Africa rather than other...
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Fiji: Dengue fever cases double in past week - Examiner.com

Fiji: Dengue fever cases double in past week - Examiner.com | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Fiji: Dengue fever cases double in past week
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According to the Fiji Ministry of Health, dengue Fever is primarily an urban disease in tropical regions of the world.
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Infectious disease outbreak at Sydney dance event - inthemix

Infectious disease outbreak at Sydney dance event - inthemix | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
The West Australian Infectious disease outbreak at Sydney dance event inthemix According to the ABC, at least 14 people who attended the event have since been diagnosed with measles, meaning the WSB was the likely site of an outbreak of the...
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Biosecurity experts laud withholding of data on new toxin

Biosecurity experts laud withholding of data on new toxin | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
Omission of key data from a report of a new botulinum toxin draws strong approval.
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Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds

Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an "elaborate fraud" that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
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Study explores the role of uncertainty in infectious disease modelling

Research by scientists at the University of Liverpool has found that greater consideration of the limitations and uncertainties present in every infectious disease model would improve its effectiveness/usefulness and value.
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Infectious disease dominated health news in 2013

Infectious disease dominated health news in 2013 | Emerging Infectious Disease | Scoop.it
The USA began 2013 in the midst of a severe flu season. Then came renewed concern over improving mental health care in response to a mass shooting. And communities across the USA this year saw outbreaks of measles in areas with low vaccination rates.

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