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SciVerse ScienceDirect TOP25 Hottest Articles

SciVerse ScienceDirect TOP25 Hottest Articles | Virology News | Scoop.it

Note: number 1 is the article on "In vitro evolution of H5N1 avian influenza virus toward human-type receptor specificity" - that you read about here first.

 

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Vaccinia Virus Natural Infections in Brazil: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Vaccinia Virus Natural Infections in Brazil: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | Virology News | Scoop.it
The orthopoxviruses (OPV) comprise several emerging viruses with great importance to human and veterinary medicine, including vaccinia virus (VACV), which causes outbreaks of bovine vaccinia (BV) in South America. Historically, VACV is the most comprehensively studied virus, however, its origin and natural hosts remain unknown. VACV was the primary component of the smallpox vaccine, largely used during the smallpox eradication campaign. After smallpox was declared eradicated, the vaccination that conferred immunity to OPV was discontinued, favoring a new contingent of susceptible individuals to OPV. VACV infections occur naturally after direct contact with infected dairy cattle, in recently vaccinated individuals, or through alternative routes of exposure. In Brazil, VACV outbreaks are frequently reported in rural areas, affecting mainly farm animals and humans. Recent studies have shown the role of wildlife in the VACV transmission chain, exploring the role of wild rodents as reservoirs that facilitate VACV spread throughout rural areas. Furthermore, VACV circulation in urban environments and the significance of this with respect to public health, have also been explored. In this review, we discuss the history, epidemiological, ecological and clinical aspects of natural VACV infections in Brazil, also highlighting alternative routes of VACV transmission, the factors involved in susceptibility to infection, and the natural history of the disease in humans and animals, and the potential for dissemination to urban environments.
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To eat, this beetle depends on organs full of bacteria

To eat, this beetle depends on organs full of bacteria | Virology News | Scoop.it
"This insect is a leaf eater largely because of these bacteria...And the bacteria have actually become developmentally integrated into the insect's body."
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Flu vaccine prevents hospitalization in children

Flu vaccine prevents hospitalization in children | Virology News | Scoop.it
FLU VACCINE PREVENTS HOSPITALIZATION IN CHILDREN November 17/2017 Children vaccinated against influenza are significantly less likely to experience serious complications from the virus that could land them in hospital, new research led by Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) PhD candidate...
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Special focus on phylogenetically related and non-vaccine targeted HPV genotypes.

HPV is the major causative agent for cervical cancer. Study on the risk of cervical cancer associated with different hr-HPV genotypes would be useful fo
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Increasingly, a matter of concern: what emerges after you've prevented infection by by the restricted number of high-risk HPVs in the vaccines?
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Serologic response to porcine circovirus type 1  in infants vaccinated with the human rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix™

Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2017 Jan 2;13(1):237-244. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2016.1231262.
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HPV vaccine developed in China gets permission for clinical testing

The second-generation human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine developed in China has been officially approved by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) for clinical testing, according to multiple Chinese media sources on Wednesday.
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Three decades on, stigma still stymies HIV prevention and treatment

Three decades on, stigma still stymies HIV prevention and treatment | Virology News | Scoop.it
Stigma stops people from getting tested for HIV, and staying on their treatment. Unless it's addressed, the AIDS epidemic will persist.
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1918 influenza pandemic survivor interview

Mrs. Robinson, a 97 year-old resident of Clanton, Alabama gives her account of people staying home during the terrible times of the 1918 flu pandemic. As she … source
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Molecular evolution of hemagglutinin gene of Influenza A virus.

In the history of human civilization, influenza is the second most catastrophic killer disease for mankind with plague ranking first in the medieval times. Th
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Kaspersky Anti-Virus is being impersonated by a CIA’s Spying Program

Kaspersky Anti-Virus is being impersonated by a CIA’s Spying Program | Virology News | Scoop.it
The tool itself is impressive enough, serving as the backbone of the CIA's malware processes, but there's more. What's interesting about the first leak in the Vault 8 line is that it seems to show the agency portraying Kaspersky, by making use of a fake certificate for the anti-virus company. WikiLeaks describes the purpose and weaknesses of Vault 8: "This publication will enable investigative journalists, forensic experts, and the obscure public to better identify and assume covert CIA infrastructure components. Source code declared in this series contains software created to run on servers controlled by the CIA. Like WikiLeaks' earlier Vault7 series, the stuff published by WikiLeaks does not contain 0-days or related security vulnerabilities which could be repurposed by others." It then goes on to explain the purpose of Hive and gives links to the Hive container as well as the Hive Commit History. It also presents a brief description of the purpose of the tool: Hive solves a dangerous problem for the malware operators at the CIA. Even the most complicated malware implant on a target machine is useless if there is no way for it to interact with its operators in a secure method that does not draw attention. Using Hive even if an implant is located on a target computer, attributing it to the CIA is difficult by just looking at the interface of the malware with other servers on the internet. Hive presents a covert communications platform for a whole range of CIA malware to send exfiltrated knowledge to CIA servers and to receive new instructions from speculators at the CIA. The source code for Hive is unquestionably interesting, but the use of fake documents relating to Kaspersky labs is particularly impressive. The discovery is certain to raise a few inquiries, such as whether the US government which has outlawed the use of Kaspersky software on its computers has been trying to use the Russia security firm as a victim for some time. Take your time to comment on this
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12-Year Follow-up on the Long-Term Effectiveness of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in 4 Nordic Countries | Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic

12-Year Follow-up on the Long-Term Effectiveness of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in 4 Nordic Countries | Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic | Virology News | Scoop.it
Summary. We summarize the long-term effectiveness of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (qHPV) vaccine in Nordic women, followed via different national registri
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HPV vaccine could reduce Pap tests in a lifetime

HPV vaccine could reduce Pap tests in a lifetime | Virology News | Scoop.it
Women vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be effectively protected from cervical cancer with merely three pap test in their lifetime, suggests a new research. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women living in less developed regions with an estimated 445,000 new cases in 2012 (84 per cent of the new…
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Promising Clinical Results For Takeda’s Dengue Vaccine

Promising Clinical Results For Takeda’s Dengue Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
Takeda’s dengue vaccine candidate TAK-003 has been shown to provide protection against all four serotypes of the virus for at least 18 months.
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From tonsil cancer survivor to HPV vaccine advocate

Scott Courville didn't become an advocate for the HPV vaccine until
2016, when he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. Now, the father of three
is doing everything he can to prevent his own sons, as well as everyone
else's, from having to go through cancer like he did.
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Pneumonia vaccine saves 500,000 lives in world's poorest countries

Pneumonia vaccine saves 500,000 lives in world's poorest countries | Virology News | Scoop.it
Over 109 million children in the developing world have now received pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV).
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HPV Vaccine Prevents Childhood Respiratory Disease

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Developing a Serious Videogame for Preteens to Motivate HPV Vaccination Decision Making

Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) is routinely recommended for ages 11-12, yet in 2016 only 49.5% of women and 37.5% of men had completed th
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Phylogenetic and genetic variation analyses of porcine circovirus type 2 isolated from China

Transbound Emerg Dis. 2017 Nov 17. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12768. [Epub ahead of print]
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Professor conducted back-alley herpes vaccine trial at hotels

Professor conducted back-alley herpes vaccine trial at hotels | Virology News | Scoop.it
A US researcher aiming to develop a herpes vaccine conducted illegal trials during which he injected people in hotel rooms and at a house at St Kitts.
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Use new flu vaccine in over 65s for 2018/19 flu season, says JCVI 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have recommended that a different, adjuvanted flu vaccine is used in over 65s for the 2018/19 flu season. Minutes from their latest committee meeting reveal that the JCVI believe the use of an adjuvanted vaccine, as opposed to the...
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Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime

Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime | Virology News | Scoop.it
News story Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime Women may only need three cervical screens in their lifetime if they have been given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a new study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
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Opinion | The key to ending the HIV epidemic is empowering mothers

Opinion | The key to ending the HIV epidemic is empowering mothers | Virology News | Scoop.it
The HIV epidemic remains a real problem in Africa. These courageous mothers want to help end it.
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Yemen set to run out of fuel and vaccine in a month: UNICEF

Yemen set to run out of fuel and vaccine in a month: UNICEF | Virology News | Scoop.it
Yemen’s stocks of fuel and vaccines will run out in a month unless a Saudi-led military coalition allows aid into the blockaded port of Hodeidah and Sanaa airport, UNICEF’s representative in the country said on Friday. Meritxell Relano, speaking by phone to reporters in Geneva, said fuel prices had risen 60 percent and there were …
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In 2017, India sees over 20-fold rise in swine flu cases

In 2017, India sees over 20-fold rise in swine flu cases | Virology News | Scoop.it
According to a latest report on seasonal influenza (H1N1) released by the ministry of health and family welfare’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme
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Ten flu deaths at nursing home amid serious management failure

Ten flu deaths at nursing home amid serious management failure | Virology News | Scoop.it
A fatal flu outbreak at a Wangaratta nursing home, where 10 residents died of influenza and two others from respiratory illness, was worsened by seriou
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