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

Labor dumps bio lab stand

Townsville Bulletin May 26, 2016

TOWNSVILLE’S biosecurity lab is unlikely to be reopened after a government initiated review made no recommendations to restore biosecurity services in North Queensland.
The Biosecurity Capability Review handed down 32 recommendations last month to try to improve the state’s readiness for biosecurity threats but there was no mention of Townsville’s defunct lab.

Read more: http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/labor-dumps-bio-lab-stand/news-story/a3b342656d4b386fe8b8227b140264b4

As WHO warns of the rising threat of mosquito-borne diseases, Queensland scientists profile the response to Zika

Croakey.org Margaret Chan, Katherine E Arden, Sonja Hall-Mendelin and Ian M Mackay May 25, 2016

At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva this week, the WHO’s Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan highlighted the challenges to global public health of infectious diseases in an interconnected world.
“Above all, the spread of Zika, the resurgence of dengue, and the emerging threat from chikungunya are the price being paid for a massive policy failure that dropped the ball on mosquito control in the 1970s,” she said.  A related extract from her speech follows below.
Beneath this is an article by three Queensland scientists, Dr Katherine E Arden, Dr Sonja Hall-Mendelin and Dr Ian M Mackay investigating how scientists are responding to the threat of mosquito-borne viruses in Queensland, one of the most susceptible places in Australia.

Read more: http://croakey.org/as-who-warns-of-the-rising-threat-of-mosquito-borne-diseases-queensland-scientists-profile-the-response-to-zika/

Danish researchers behind vaccine breakthrough

(University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 26 April 2016) A Danish research team from the University of Copenhagen has designed a simple technique that makes it possible to quickly and easily develop a new type of vaccines. The simple and effective technique will pave the way for effective vaccines against not only infectious diseases but also cancer and other chronic diseases.

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A global early warning system for infectious diseases

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 19 May 2016) In the recent issue of EMBO reports, Barbara Han of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and John Drake of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology call for the creation of a global early warning system for infectious diseases. Such a system would use computer models to tap into environmental, epidemiological and molecular data, gathering the intelligence needed to forecast where disease risk is high and what actions could prevent outbreaks or contain epidemics.

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Sexual transmission involved in tail end of Ebola epidemic

(Wellcome Trust 18 May 2016) Some of the final cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone were transmitted via unconventional routes, such as semen and breastmilk, according to the largest analysis to date of the tail-end of the epidemic.

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Mille-feuille-filter removes viruses from water

EurekAlert Uppsala University 18-May-2016

A simple paper sheet made by scientists at Uppsala University can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water. The sheet, made of cellulose nanofibers, is called the mille-feuille filter as it has a unique layered internal architecture resembling that of the French puff pastry mille-feuille (Eng. thousand leaves).

Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uu-mrv051816.php

Link to Abstract in Materials Horizons: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/mh/c6mh00090h#!divAbstract

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The high cost of norovirus worldwide

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health 26 April 2016) While norovirus is often linked in the news to outbreaks on cruise ships, the highly contagious stomach bug sickens nearly 700 million around the world every year and results in roughly $4.2 billion in health care costs and $60.3 billion in societal costs annually, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

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