Category Archives: Virology

INCLUDES Measles; Smallpox; Virus genotyping; Hepatitis – all; Waterborne virus (Norovirus, Rotavirus), population health, communicable diseases, gastrointestinal disease outbreaks.
EXCLUDES Lyssavirus, Hendra, Influenza or Vectorborne diseases

Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO

BBC News October 21, 2014 Michelle Roberts

Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization.

Speaking in Geneva, Dr Marie Paule Kieny said work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready for January 2015.  Continue reading…


Ebola crisis: Australia’s chief medical officers to discuss safety of health workers after US upgrades protective guidelines

ABC News October 21, 2014 Sophie Scott

Australia’s chief medical officers will meet in Sydney on Thursday to discuss the safety of the nation’s health workers after authorities in the United States upgraded the initial guidelines for workers exposed to Ebola.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new recommendations for American health workers overnight.  Continue reading…

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World-first discovery by Griffith Uni researchers could lead to cure for infectious viruses

Gold Coast Bulletin 21 October 2014

A WORLD-first discovery that looks set to lead to a cure for highly infectious viruses has been uncovered at Griffith University.

A team of researchers at the Institute for Glycomics have found a way to block the dreaded human para-influenza virus — responsible for causing croup in children, bronchiolitis and pneumonia — from infecting a person and spreading.

The major breakthrough means the team can now move to preclinical trials or animal testing to develop a vaccine or antiviral drug.

Ebola crisis: Tests show Spanish nurse Teresa Romero no longer has the virus

ABC News Michael Vincent 20 October 2014

Medical tests have shown that a Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus.

The special committee responsible for monitoring the virus in Spain said initial tests showed Teresa Romero had tested negative and she would be given another test soon to confirm the results.

It said Ms Romero’s health was “developing favourably”.

Mathematician Nalini Joshi on modelling Ebola

ABC News 21 October 2014

[Video] Mathematician Nalini Joshi says the latest mathematical models from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shows that if you could isolate or hospitalise 70 per cent of patients infected by Ebola by December, then the epidemic would be over in January.

Measles warning

Via ABC Radio Brisbane on twitter

Measles warning for travellers: 3 infectious passengers were on Denpasar to Brisbane Jetstar flight JQ46 on Oct 15

Ebola special issue includes clinician primer

EurekAlert 17 October 2014

Special feature from the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Rockville, MD – Accurate knowledge regarding Ebola is critical and pertinent for practicing physicians and clinicians given the current risk of hazardous global outbreak and epidemic. The Journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness has launched a special issue, Ebola Virus and Public Health, to surround the public, medical professionals and media with necessary knowledge in this critical societal moment.

On October 17, the journal published A Primer on Ebola for Clinicians. The primer was prepared by Dr. Eric Toner, internist and emergency physician, as well as Amesh A. Adalja and Thomas V. Inglesby (all of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). The primer discusses the history, epidemiology, microbiology, clinical manifestations, biosafety, prevention, treatment and experimental vaccines to offer an informative and inclusive background on the Ebola virus for clinicians.

The scale of the uncontrolled outbreak in Western Africa makes further exportation to other parts of the world an unfortunate possibility (as citizens across the globe have already witnessed, with cases appearing in Europe and the United States). Those who serve at the frontlines of emergency medicine, critical care, infectious diseases and infection control are in high need and demand, and in some cases, high risk. The primer provided by the UPMC professionals offers clear and concise information on the fundamentals of the virus, including its diagnosis, treatment and control. The public and media are especially apt to benefit from the clear and accurate information provided by the primer, as the popularity of social media makes misinformation about Ebola easily (and rapidly) sharable, believed and misattributed.