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2008-11-04 10:37:25

An entomologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the new UI Institute for Natural Resource Sustainability, says smaller mosquitoes are more likely to be infected with viruses that cause diseases in humans. These findings can be found in the November issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Barry Alto, Ph.D., Director of the Medical Entomology Program at the Illinois Natural History Survey, along with Assistant Professor Michael Reiskind of Oklahoma...

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2008-10-29 12:05:00

Popular media coverage of infectious diseases greatly influences how people perceive those diseases, making them seem more dangerous, according to a new study from McMaster University. The research, published online in the Public Library of Science: ONE, suggests diseases that show up frequently in the print media "“like bird flu "“are considered more serious than similar diseases that do not receive the same kind of coverage, such as yellow fever. "The media tend to focus on rare...

2008-10-22 15:00:30

Syntiron announced today that it was notified of a pending contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to adapt Syntiron's licensed, patented vaccine technology to combat three major bioterrorism agents; Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis, and Burkholderia pseudomallei. The amount of the contract is $3.8 million dollars. Bacillus anthracis: A non-contagious, potentially fatal disease, commonly referred to as anthrax, caused by breathing, eating, or absorbing through cuts in...

2008-10-08 09:00:50

New Hampshire health officials say Eastern equine encephalitis has been found in mosquitoes captured in Manchester. The Manchester Health Department said mosquitoes collected Sept. 29 tested positive for the virus. Eastern equine encephalitis can cause high fever and a severe headache. In the severe form of the disease, a stiff neck is a common symptom before seizures and coma, and it can lead to death. No one has tested positive for the disease in the state this year. The Associated...

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2008-10-01 10:40:00

Less is more, when it comes to giving fewer doses of the anthrax vaccine. Researchers said Tuesday the vaccine protects a person just as well from the bacteria that cause the disease, which could extend limited supplies of the shots. Members of the U.S. military are among those getting the vaccine made by Maryland-based Emergent BioSolutions, because anthrax can be used as a biological weapon. Conrad Quinn, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues studied 1,005...

2008-09-22 09:00:58

Roundup: Scientists urged to jointly tackle Africa's health issues By Daniel Ooko NAIROBI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Climate and health experts are warning that scientists must work together to tackle myriad African problems or risk disastrous consequences to human and animal health in the continent. Faced with the prospect of more variable and changing climates increasing Africa's already intolerable disease burden, experts warned that scientists must begin to reach out to colleagues in...

2008-09-02 09:00:43

Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB:AEMD) today announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James A. Joyce, will present a company overview at the California Stock Report's 2008 Southern California Investor Conference being held tomorrow, September 3rd, at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California. A live audio webcast of the Aethlon Medical presentation, which is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time, may be accessed via California Stock Report's website at www.californiastocks.com....

2008-08-30 21:00:23

By Priya Yadav CHANDIGARH: After floods, it's the threat unleashed by stagnant, toxic waters that refuses to ebb. With a staggering 8,500 people diagnosed with skin diseases and over 1,000 others in the grip of viral fever, an alarmed Punjab government has released another Rs 1 crore for the four flood-hit districts of the state. As household goods remain soaked and dead cattle raise a stench, people have been increasingly complaining of excruciating body pain as a result of viral fever....

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2008-08-22 12:54:32

U.S. researchers said on Thursday they have developed an antibiotic that works by blocking the communication signals of serious stomach bugs like salmonella, keeping them from releasing toxins that make people sick. Dr. Vanessa Sperandio of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center said the sensors in bacteria are waiting for the right signal to initiate the expression of virulent genes. Sperandio and colleagues found a compound named LED209, that disarms the bacteria instead...

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2008-08-06 12:15:00

Documents related to the FBI's investigation into the deadly 2001 anthrax scare were unsealed Wednesday by a U.S. federal judge in Washington Government officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, were to brief victims and families of those who died before the documents would be made public, CNN reported. Five people died and thousands were forced to take antibiotics after anthrax-laden letters were mailed to media outlets and two U.S. senators in 2001. Among other things, the...


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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