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2009-06-04 10:15:06

In a drama played out across the southeastern U.S. in containers as small as a coffee cup, native and invasive mosquito larvae compete for resources and try to avoid getting eaten. One of the invasive mosquitoes, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), can carry dengue fever, a viral disease that sickens 50 to 100 million people a year in the tropics, so this seemingly inconsequential struggle has implications for human health.In a new study in the British Ecological Society's Journal of...

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2009-05-25 13:23:05

The world's top agency for animal health said on Monday that climate change is widening viral disease among farm animals, expanding the spread of some microbes that are also a known risk to humans, AFP reported. A survey of 126 member-states found 71 percent were "extremely concerned" about the expected impact of climate change on animal disease, according to The World Animal Health Organization"”known as OIE, an acronym of its name in French. Among those surveyed, 58 percent said they...

2009-05-15 14:48:12

More than 15,000 people in southern Thailand have fallen ill with a mosquito virus known as Chikungunya disease, a disease control official says. Disease Control Department head Somchai Chakrabhand said the virus spread by mosquitoes has infected 15,240 people in 15 of Thailand's southern provinces to date, The Bangkok Post reported Friday. Despite the number of infected individuals, the Public Health Ministry remains confident the outbreak can be contained, Somchai added. But the disease...

2009-05-07 14:16:01

New research from Brandeis nets the true economic costs of global mosquito-borne illness Researchers at Brandeis, in collaboration with several other institutions worldwide, have pinpointed for the first time the multi-country economic costs of dengue fever, the endemic and epidemic mosquito-borne illness that is a rapidly growing public health problem in tropical and sub-tropical countries. The study, published in the May issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,...

2009-04-23 08:43:31

Doctors have no specific drugs to treat dengue fever, a viral illness spread by mosquitoes that sickens 50 million to 100 million people worldwide each year. Instead, the only treatments they can recommend for this painful and sometimes fatal illness (20,000 deaths globally each year) are fluids, rest and non-aspirin pain and fever reducers.Now, researchers have identified cellular components in mosquitoes and in humans that dengue virus uses to multiply inside these hosts after infecting...

2009-04-21 08:45:00

HUBBARD, Ohio, April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NanoLogix, Inc. (OTC: NNLX) -- NanoLogix Inc. has begun construction on a 2,800 square foot manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hubbard, Ohio. It will contain a production cleanroom, cold-storage vault, and shipping and receiving area to be used in the fabrication of BNP(TM) Ultra-Fast test kits. The revolutionary new BNP(TM) kits provide accelerated detection of bacteria and pathogens -- 100 to 600% faster than conventional Petri...

2009-04-14 11:21:18

British scientists say they've created a statistical method that can estimate the origin and time of an aerosolized release of the pathogen causing anthrax. The technology, to be used following detection of the first few cases, has been developed by researchers from the Center for Outbreak Analysis and Modeling at Imperial College London in collaboration with the Health Protection Agency's Microbial Risk Assessment group. The researchers said their method, which predicts where the most...

2009-04-13 08:45:00

HUBBARD, Ohio, April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NanoLogix, Inc. (OTC: NNLX) a biotechnology company, is pleased to provide the following information: An independent study has found that NanoLogix's BNP(TM) Ultra-Fast Identification Technology allows the viewing of anthrax cultures four times faster than conventional methods. The study, by one of the foremost bio-defense and biomedical research centers in the U.S., appears in the current online issue of Letters in Applied...

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2009-04-10 09:15:11

A new statistical method that can estimate the origin and time of an aerosolized release of the pathogen causing anthrax, following detection of the first few cases has been developed by researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modeling at Imperial College London in collaboration with the Health Protection Agency's Microbial Risk Assessment group. The method, described in an article published April 10 in the open-access journal PLoS Computational...

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2009-03-26 07:10:00

Israeli soldiers who underwent "unnecessary" testing as part of the army's efforts to find an anthrax vaccine around the time of the 1991 Gulf War were not sufficiently advised of the risks, according to an AFP report on Wednesday citing a declassified Israeli report. Israel's high court ordered the official release of the findings, which were initially leaked by a private television channel about two years ago. The findings of the medical commission of inquiry that the court ordered...


Latest Biological weapons Reference Libraries

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2011-04-15 15:02:18

Francisella tularensis is a pathogenic species of gram-negative bacteria and the causative agent of tularemia or rabbit fever. It is a facultative intracellular bacterium. It is classified as a Class A agent by the U.S. government due to its ease of spread by aerosol and its high virulence. In 1911 the species was found in ground squirrels in California. There are four subspecies that have been classified. Biovar tularensis is found mostly in North America. Biovar palearctica is found...

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2011-04-14 16:11:25

Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative, bipolar, aerobic, motile rod-shaped bacterium. It causes the disease melioidosis in humans and animals and is also capable of infecting plants. The bacteria can from in a number of artificial environments. Optimal temperature is around 40°C in pH-neutral or slightly acidic environments. Most strains can ferment sugars without gas formation. The bacteria produces both exo and endo toxins although the role of these toxins has not been fully...

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2011-03-04 17:38:30

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease with a 40 to 50 nm enveloped RNA virus with positive sense of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes and is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa, but not in Asia. Primates and a few kinds of mosquitoes are the only known hosts. The origin of the disease is most likely Africa. From there it was introduced to South America through the slave trade in the 16th century. There...

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2011-02-23 21:21:50

Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus is a mosquito-borne viral pathogen that causes Venezuelan equine encephalitis or encephalomyelitis (VEE). It can affect all equine species, such as horses, donkeys, and zebras. Equines may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders after infection. It is contractible by humans and will usually experience flu-like symptoms when infected. People with a weak immune system can become seriously ill or die. It is transmitted primarily...

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2011-02-23 20:38:02

Rinderpest (also cattle plague) is an infectious viral disease of cattle, domestic buffalo, and some species of wildlife. It is characterized by fever, oral erosions, diarrhea, lymphoid necrosis, and high mortality. The last confirmed case was in 2001. In 2011 it should be announced that a global eradication of rinderpest was complete. The term comes from the German language meaning cattle-plague. The rinderpest virus is closely related to measles and canine distemper viruses. It is a...

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