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

Save the date: New research on malaria, dengue, chik-v, Ebola, ticks, parasitic worms and more

EurekAlert 11 August 2015

The 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the largest gathering of its kind, will launch in Philadelphia with the Honorable Rajiv Shah, MD, former administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During his tenure at USAID from January 2010 to February 2015, Shah led the US Government’s response to some of the world’s most challenging global health crises, including the Haiti earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

TropMed, as the annual ASTMH meeting is colloquially known, brings together leading experts from around the world who are battling familiar and resurgent threats like malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, Ebola, Chagas disease, tick-borne diseases, and parasitic worms that each year sicken or kill hundreds of millions of people.

WHAT: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 64th Annual Meeting

WHEN: October 25 – 29, 2015 (Sunday through Thursday)

WHERE: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

On Twitter @astmh #TropMed15

Sierra Leone discharges last Ebola patient

BBC News 25 August 2015

Sierra Leone has released its last known Ebola patient, according to the World Health Organization.

35-year-old Adama Sankoh was discharged from a treatment centre in the northern Bombali district on Monday morning.

The country hasn’t reported a new infection for more than two weeks, according the the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).

Universal flu vaccine comes closer, scientists say

BBC news 25 August 2015

Researchers say they are closer to developing a vaccine to give life-long protection against any type of flu, after promising trials in animals.

Two separate US teams have found success with an approach that homes in on a stable part of the flu virus.

That should remove the problem with current flu vaccines which must be given anew each year because they focus on the mutating part of the virus.

The proof-of-concept work is published in Science journal and Nature Medicine.

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Seventh case of measles at Queensland University

Brisbane Times 24 August 2015

A seventh person has contracted measles after an outbreak at the University of Queensland.

The student was a passenger on Singapore Airlines flight SQ235, which arrived in Brisbane on August 15.

Metro North Public Health Unit physician Dr James Smith says more cases were expected given symptoms can occur up to 18 days after contact with an infectious person.

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Sixth measles case confirmed in Toowoomba

Brisbane Times 23 August 2015

A sixth case of measles has been reported in South East Queensland, this time in Toowoomba, after someone with the disease visited the Darling Downs city.

The person visited the Spotted Cow Hotel on the evening of Saturday August 15.

Management of the Spotted Cow Hotel, on Ruthven Street Toowoomba, were advised of the case so they could let staff and patrons know.

The person is believed to have contracted the disease after coming into contact with the first recent measles sufferer at the University of Queensland campus.

Vaccine for Mers coronavirus ‘looks promising’

BBC News 20 August 2015

A prototype vaccine against the lung infection Mers coronavirus has shown promising results, scientists say.
The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggests the vaccine guards against the disease in monkeys and camels.
Researchers hope with more work it could be turned into a jab for humans.
Mers has infected 1,400 people and claimed 500 lives since 2012. But no specific treatment or preventative medicines exist.
In the majority of cases, individuals are thought to have caught Mers (Middle-East respiratory syndrome) through close contact with infected patients in hospital.

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UQ measles outbreak spreads to fifth student

Brisbane Times Jorge Branco August 21, 2015

A fifth case of measles in as many weeks has raised concerns about what could happen if the outbreak spreads beyond university grounds.
University of Queensland infectious diseases management expert Dr Simon Reid said controlling such a highly infectious disease in such a dense population centre was difficult, with hundreds of students potentially exposed in a single lecture.
Queensland Health on Thursday confirmed a fifth case of measles in a student based at UQ’s St Lucia campus, just a day after the fourth case was revealed.

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