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

Study finds new therapy potential for viruses

BioPrepWatch 26 November 2015

Researchers at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) found an infection process in viruses including West Nile, Ebola and dengue this week.

This study, led by TSRI Associate Professor Hyeryun Choe, has been published in the the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and indicates that the infection process may be able to be mitigated through an experimental antibiotic.

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WHO response to Ebola caused thousands of unnecessary deaths: experts

ABC News | PM Lucy Carter 23 November 2015

A panel of experts has found that the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) response to the Ebola crisis was too slow, badly organised and caused the unnecessary deaths of thousands of people.  Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne, a senior lecturer in Communicable Disease Epidemiology at Sydney University, said the report was a fair assessment of the inadequate global Ebola response.

The report makes 10 recommendations for improving systems to cope with future outbreaks.

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Liberia confirms fresh Ebola cases

BBC News 20 November 2015

Three new cases of Ebola are confirmed in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

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USC Grand Challenges Explorations winner

Sunshine Coast Daily 13 November 2015

THE University of the Sunshine Coast has been announced as a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Principal investigator Dr Joanne Macdonald, a Senior Lecturer and researcher in molecular engineering, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled ‘A rapid field test for detecting infected mosquitoes’.

The project will also draw on the expertise of key collaborators, including entomologists Dr Andrew van den Hurk (Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services in Brisbane) and Dr Leon Hugo (QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane); and virologists Dr Cheryl Johansen (University of Western Australia in Perth) and Professor Roy Hall (University of Queensland in Brisbane).

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New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 10 November 2015) Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers point out that if the SARS-like virus did jump, it is still unclear whether it could spread from human to human.

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Injecting drug use, HIV, hep C escalating in Indigenous communities

Sydney Morning Herald Saffron Howden 10 November 2015

Injecting drug use is escalating among Indigenous Australians, bringing with it alarming rates of HIV and hepatitis C infection. The rate of hepatitis C among Aboriginal people is now three times that of non-Indigenous Australians, research to be presented at an alcohol and other drugs conference on Tuesday shows.

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World Health Organisation declares Sierra Leone Ebola-free

ABC News 8 November 2015

The World Health Organisation says Sierra Leone has beaten an 18-month outbreak of Ebola disease that has killed almost 4,000 of its people and plunged the economy into severe recession.

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