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Ebola Outbreak in Uganda: CDC Rushes to Contain Virus

Dr. Richard Besser travels with American doctors as they race to stop a global threat.

 

Really? Because local doctors were doing nothing about it? Because it was really a global threat? Come on! The Kikwit outbreak in the 1990s was MUCH worse, occurred in a much more chaotic public health setting - and less than 0.1% of the city of 500 000 was affected, and it didn't spread.
Be more afraid of...oh, I don't know, maybe West Nile virus, Dengue virus, Yellow fever virus?? WAAY more cases, and far closer to the US of A!

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PDB-101: Goodsell Gallery: Coronavirus Life Cycle

PDB-101: Goodsell Gallery: Coronavirus Life Cycle | Virology News | Scoop.it

This illustration shows a cross section through a cell infected with a coronavirus such as SARS-CoV-2. It shows a time point when the virus is actively replicating, and new viruses are being created. The cell’s molecules are shown in blues and greens, and the viral molecules are shown in pinks and purples. The illustration integrates the current state of knowledge, but many aspects of the virus and its life cycle are still actively being studied, so portions of the painting are speculative. Additional resources for exploring coronavirus are available at PDB-101 and the main RCSB PDB site.


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1918 Influenza: the mother of all pandemics

1918 Influenza: the mother of all pandemics | Virology News | Scoop.it
The "Spanish" influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which caused approximately 50 million deaths worldwide, remains an ominous warning to public health. Many questions about its origins, its unusual epidemiologic features, and the basis of its pathogenicity remain unanswered.
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Chinese health experts call to suspend Pfizer's mRNA vaccine for elderly after Norwegian deaths - Global Times

Chinese health experts call to suspend Pfizer's mRNA vaccine for elderly after Norwegian deaths - Global Times | Virology News | Scoop.it
Chinese health experts called on Norway and other countries to suspend the use of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines produced by companies such as Pfizer, especially among elderly people, due to the vaccines' safety uncertainties following the deaths of 23 elderly Norwegian people who received the...
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Israel: Provide Vaccines to Occupied Palestinians

Israel: Provide Vaccines to Occupied Palestinians | Virology News | Scoop.it
Israeli authorities should provide Covid-19 vaccines to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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Philippines now free of H5N6 bird flu, but monitoring another strain –

Philippines now free of H5N6 bird flu, but monitoring another strain – | Virology News | Scoop.it
MANILA, Jan 19, 2021, Reuters.The Philippines is now free of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus, the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday…...
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'Redemption': How a scientist's unwavering belief in mRNA gave the world a Covid-19 vaccine

'Redemption': How a scientist's unwavering belief in mRNA gave the world a Covid-19 vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
For Katalin Karikó, vaccine approval is a validation of 40 years of hard work, and opens the door to a new generation of medicines...
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Moscow to start coronavirus vaccine roll out on December 5 —

Moscow to start coronavirus vaccine roll out on December 5 — | Virology News | Scoop.it
Vaccination centers offering Russia’s “Sputnik V” coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups will begin working in Moscow on December 5, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced on Thursday, December 3.
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Stronger early immune reaction might make COVID worse

Stronger early immune reaction might make COVID worse | Virology News | Scoop.it
While having a robust immune response to coronavirus infection may sound helpful, a new study shows the opposite may be true.
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Drug blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission in ferrets

Drug blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission in ferrets | Virology News | Scoop.it
An oral drug called MK-4482/EIDD-2801 completely suppressed transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ferrets within 24 hours, researchers say. Could it work in humans?
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India's Serum Institute seeks emergency use nod for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

India's Serum Institute seeks emergency use nod for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
According to various reports in the Indian media citing PTI, the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, requested emergency use in the country for AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 […]...
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CDC Says There is Not Enough Flu Going on to Talk About it

CDC Says There is Not Enough Flu Going on to Talk About it | Virology News | Scoop.it
An extraordinary thing is going on at the CDC; they stopped taking data about the Flu around the time of the "pandemic shutdowns" around the United States. Now they do not have enough data to talk about the "Flu," almost as if it disappeared during a massive alleged "bre ...
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Pfizer and Moderna reportedly turn down White House invitation to a ‘vaccine summit’

Pfizer and Moderna reportedly turn down White House invitation to a ‘vaccine summit’ | Virology News | Scoop.it
The White House gathering is seen as a stunt for Donald Trump to claim credit for the vaccine...
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Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2? Evidence, prevention and control 

As public health teams respond to the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), containment and understanding of the modes of severe acute resp…...
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Train Your Pet To Get Back To Normalcy after Lockdown

Train Your Pet To Get Back To Normalcy after Lockdown | Virology News | Scoop.it
Sometimes the most unexpected situations can give us the most cherishable moments of life. Undoubtedly, the abrupt quarantine period was a bit harsh to deal with as no one was actually prepared for it but then we coped up well. On one hand, staying at home seemed to be a conundrum for humans, it turned …
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Why has Europe been so slow at rolling out the Covid vaccine?

Why has Europe been so slow at rolling out the Covid vaccine? | Virology News | Scoop.it
The longer the the EU is travelling in the vaccine slow lane, the more politically toxic it will become.
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Western Cape vs ANC 'vaccine war' erupts: Should WC have its own jabs?

Western Cape vs ANC 'vaccine war' erupts: Should WC have its own jabs? | Virology News | Scoop.it
The ANC government faces the possibility of having its vaccine strategy challenged by DA forces in the Western Cape - who may try to find their own supply.
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Almost a third of recovered Covid patients return to hospital in five months and one in eight die

Research has found a devastating long-term toll on survivors, with people developing heart problems, diabetes and chronic conditions...
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System can get oxygen and fuel from salt water on Mars

System can get oxygen and fuel from salt water on Mars | Virology News | Scoop.it
An electrolysis system can pull oxygen and fuel from briny water, just like the H2O on Mars. The tech also opens up oceans as a fuel source here on Earth.
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Structural basis of RNA recognition by the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid phosphoprotein

Structural basis of RNA recognition by the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid phosphoprotein | Virology News | Scoop.it
Author summary The causative agent of the COVID-19 disease, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has an unusually large genome that encodes for many proteins. Among them are four structural proteins (Spike, Membrane, Envelope and N proteins) important for RNA packing and virion assembly.
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They Made the ‘Pfizer Vaccine’ - The New York Times

They Made the ‘Pfizer Vaccine’ - The New York Times | Virology News | Scoop.it
While you’re waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, get to know the German power couple and co-founders of BioNTech who are behind the vaccine that Britain has just approved.
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A vector whitefly endocytic receptor facilitates the entry of begomoviruses into its midgut cells via binding to virion capsid proteins

A vector whitefly endocytic receptor facilitates the entry of begomoviruses into its midgut cells via binding to virion capsid proteins | Virology News | Scoop.it
Author summary Many viruses depend on insect vectors for transmission and spread. Following ingestion by insect vectors, many viruses need to circulate in the vector via a sequential path of stylet-midgut-haemolymph-salivary glands and are finally inoculated into plants with saliva secretion.
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Doctor Warns COVID-19 Could Cause Erectile Dysfunction In Recovered Patients

Doctor Warns COVID-19 Could Cause Erectile Dysfunction In Recovered Patients | Virology News | Scoop.it
People infected with COVID-19 may be likely to suffer serious long-term health effects from the virus, including erectile dysfunction...
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How airflow inside your car affects COVID-19 risk

How airflow inside your car affects COVID-19 risk | Virology News | Scoop.it
"Driving around with the windows up and the air conditioning or heat on is definitely the worst scenario, according to our computer simulations."...
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Researchers advance a universal influenza virus vaccine

Researchers advance a universal influenza virus vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
A vaccine that induces immune responses to a wide spectrum of influenza virus strains and subtypes has produced strong and durable results in early-stage clinical trials in humans, Mount Sinai researchers have found.
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UK begins mass Covid-19 vaccinations 

UK begins mass Covid-19 vaccinations  | Virology News | Scoop.it
LONDON: Britain on Tuesday hailed a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it begins the biggest vaccination programme in the country’s history with a new Covid-19 jab.
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Coronavirus killed three times as many people as flu and pneumonia combined, figures show | UK News

Coronavirus killed three times as many people as flu and pneumonia combined, figures show | UK News | Virology News | Scoop.it
The mortality rate for COVID-19 is also "significantly higher" than for flu and pneumonia this year.
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