Virology

Flu Cases Are Spiking Early, Suggesting Tough Season Ahead

FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The flu season is off to a fast and furious start, with a strain of the virus that normally arrives later in the season making a strong early appearance, U.S. health officials said Friday. Flu is now widespread across many...
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Breakthrough In Zika Virus Vaccine

Researchers have made significant advances in developing a novel vaccine against Zika virus, which could potentially lead to global elimination of the disease.
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‘air Bridge’ Vaccination Operation Begins For Ebola-hit Communities In Dr Congo 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of the deadly haemorrhagic virus Ebola linked to ongoing violence by armed groups targeting remote communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said...
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New Drug Targets To Treat Nipah Virus

Nipah virus, which is transmitted to humans from bats and pigs, has a high mortality rate and there are no licensed drugs against it. Now, researchers have used information on the structure of the Nipah virus to identified 150 possible inhibitors of...
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Team Finds Bovine Kobuvirus In Us

A virus that afflicts cattle that was first discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the U.S., researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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Virus Multiplication In 3-d

For viruses to multiply, they usually need the support of the cells they infect. In many cases, only in their host's nucleus can they find the machines, enzymes and building blocks with which they can multiply their genetic material before infecting...
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Herpes's Achilles Heel

Scientists have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to disrupt both latent reservoirs of the herpes simplex virus and actively replicating virus in human fibroblast cells. Experiments pinpoint weak spot that can make the virus susceptible to gene...
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Zika Vaccine Protects Both Mom And Fetus, But Mom Needs A Higher Dose When Pregnant

Researchers showed, for the first time, that a single, higher dose of vaccination to a pregnant mouse safely protects both her and her fetus from the Zika virus. The researchers found that a single, less potent dose was not enough to protect the...
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Herpes's Achilles Heel

Scientists have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to disrupt both latent reservoirs of the herpes simplex virus and actively replicating virus in human fibroblast cells
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Trump Administration Pushes Efforts To Wipe Out Hiv Amid Stalled Progress

New data show that only 40 percent of Americans have been tested for the virus and just 18 percent of those at highest risk are taking the medication that blocks it.
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Teams Of Microbes Are At Work In Our Bodies. Researchers Have Figured Out What They're Up To.

In the last decade, scientists have made tremendous progress in understanding that groups of bacteria and viruses that naturally coexist throughout the human body play an important role in some vital functions like digestion, metabolism and even...
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New Viral Strategy To Escape Detection

Researchers have discovered how viruses that specifically kill bacteria can outwit bacteria by hiding from their defences, findings which are important for the development of new antimicrobials based on viruses and provide a significant advance in...
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Unusual Type Of Flu Virus Is Dominating Early Start To This Year’s Flu Season

Enlarge / A child received a vaccination against influenza A (H1N1). (credit: Getty | BSIP) The 2019-2020 flu season is up and running—and so far, it's off to a weird start. Flu activity has been elevated since the start of November and is only...
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Influenza Imprint Cohort Study Receives Funding Boost

The Influenza IMPRINT Cohort study will explore the emerging idea that a person's very first influenza virus exposure impacts the magnitude, durability and breadth of their immune response to all future flu exposures.
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Scientists Have Developed A ‘vaccine’ To Protect Tomato Plants

When plants come under attack from invading bacteria, viruses or fungi, they mount a two-pronged response, producing both offensive chemicals to kill invaders and defensive chemicals to prevent infestations from spreading. Now, scientists at...
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Cold Vs. Flu Symptoms: Here’s What The Cdc Says To Watch For As The Virus Strikes Early In...

The 2019/2020 flu season is coming early for many states. It’s not always easy to distinguish between a common cold and the more serious influenza virus. You had a terrible night’s sleep. You woke up with a stuffy nose and scratchy...
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Health Experts Warn Of Emerging Threat Of Nipah Virus

A deadly virus called Nipah carried by bats has already caused human outbreaks across South and South East Asia and has "serious epidemic potential," global health and infectious disease specialists said on Monday.The virus, identified in 1999 in...
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Uniform Hcv Screening And Care Needed For High-risk Groups

]]>(MedPage Today) -- Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and follow-up rates varied widely in safety-net primary care practices, according to findings from the Screen, Treat, Or Prevent Hepatocellular Carcinoma (STOP HCC) study. Barbara J. Turner...
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Unvaccinated Samoans Must Identify Themselves With Red Flags, Officials Say

Enlarge / Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi receiving a measles vaccine to support the Mass Vaccination Drive (credit: Samoan Government) People who have not been vaccinated against the measles virus must mark their homes with red flags,...
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Attacking Agricultural Pests With Viruses

Enlarge / A false color image of a phage attached to a bacterium. (credit: Lawrence Berkeley Lab) About a third of the food that we grow, along with all of the effort and energy and labor and resources put into growing it, goes to waste. Much of...
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