Researchers reveal change in Australian pertussis strains


Tweet Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) said on Tuesday that Bordetella pertussis, the virus that causes whooping cough, has changed in Australia, which may reduce the effect of vaccines. Strains of the virus from across Australia … Read More »

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Hong Kong DoH maintains surveillance on new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome


Tweet The Hong Kong Department of Health (DH) said on Wednesday that it is monitoring 10 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United Arab Emirates. The WHO reported that the cases were healthcare workers in Abu … Read More »

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DEP awards approximately $2.1 million in West Nile Virus grants to 26 counties

West Nile virus

Tweet The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Tuesday that 26 Pennsylvania counties will receive a portion of approximately $2.1 million to fund programs that will control West Nile Virus. “These county grants ensure that mosquito populations stay in … Read More »

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NIH scientists study affect of influenza immunization on human immune system


Tweet National Institutes of Health scientists released study results on April 10 that show a new approach to predicting how the human immune system will respond to an influenza vaccine. The models of prediction are based on the state of … Read More »

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Columbus public health officials provide update on mumps outbreak

Mumps virus

Tweet Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health said on Tuesday that they are continuing to investigate an outbreak of mumps in Ohio, and encouraged everyone to make sure they were vaccinated. Franklin and Delaware counties reported 224 cases … Read More »

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Influenza A virus protein revealed as a possible target for antiviral drugs


Tweet University of Texas at Austin researchers announced on Thursday that a protein produced by influenza A helps it evade the body’s immune system, revealing a potential target for antiviral drugs. The team found that when the virus infects a … Read More »

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National Technical Commission for Biosecurity approves Oxitec mosquito for use in Brazil

Aedes aegypti mosquito

Tweet Oxitec announced on Thursday that the National Technical Commission for Biosecurity approved the commercial release of its genetically modified mosquito in Brazil to control dengue fever. The Oxitec mosquito is a strain of the wild Aedes aegypti species that … Read More »

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UNICEF joins forces with Ministries of Health to combat Ebola in West and Central Africa


Tweet UNICEF announced on Thursday that it will join with Ministries of Health and other organizations in seven West Africa countries to develop culturally-sensitive Ebola communication programs. “In this environment, unfounded fears and rumors spread quickly and widely,” Guido Borghese, … Read More »

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WHO provides update on avian influenza A (H7N9) in China

Genetic defect may provide avenue to combat certain viral infections

Research reveals targeting mosquito sperm storage could help combat malaria

MRSA genome sequencing leads to better understanding of disease severity

Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance receive funding from NIAID

WHO provides Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus update

Oregon alters school vaccination exemption requirement to include nonmedical exemptions

Hong Kong CHP confirms and monitors new case of avian influenza A

WHO reveals first treatment guide for hepatitis C

PeptiDream reveals new anti-influenza macrocyclic peptide therapeutic

Anti-polio efforts rekindled in Middle East by U.N. and partners

Novartis partners with Malaria No More to provide treatment in Zambia

Bristol-Myers Squibb announces new drug applications for hepatitis C treatments

Risk of dengue fever spreading to Europe increases with climate change

3-D structure reveals malaria genome, may contribute to new anti-malaria strategy

Global Virus Network gathers leading virologists to tackle chikungunya fever

WHO provides update on Ebola virus in West Africa

WHO Director-General Chan encourages focus on vector-borne disease during World Health Day

Bexsero receives Breakthrough Therapy designation from FDA

Meningitis Research Foundation Ireland hopeful meningococcal vaccine will be approved

U.N. Secretary general Ban asks for donation increase in fight against malaria

Nothing But Nets announces sports-themed challenge for World Malaria Day

Janssen initiates Phase 3 trials of combination dose of simeprevir and sofosbuvir

Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection investigates two imported cases of dengue fever