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Scientists hope a vaccine is on the horizon for tularemia, a fatal disease caused by the pathogen Francisella tularensis, an organism of concern as a potential biological warfare agent.
MUAR: Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai has told state health directors to monitor the current outbreak of chikungunya here closely and find ways to curb its spread. He said to date, 443 patients were confirmed as chikungunya victims, with no fatalities.
A patient with dengue virus was receiving treatment at an Islamabad, Pakistan, hospital, officials have confirmed.
By Anonymous * Newly discovered arenavirus. NewsMedical.net reported on April 17 that a team of health experts from Bolivia, the U.S. Navy based in Lima, Peru; and the U.S.
BANGALORE: It's official: A chikungunya outbreak has hit the city. Of 21 samples sent to the Public Health Institute, seven - all from Srirampura and surrounding areas - tested positive for chikungunya, confirmed Dr H M Vinutha, joint director, PHI.
By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - A cyclone wrecks coastal Myanmar, spawning outbreaks of malaria, cholera and dengue fever.
Despite claims by Myanmarâ€™s junta that health conditions are normal in the nationâ€™s devastated Irawaddy delta, many believe the area is a recipe for disease.
Researchers have developed the first animal model of the infection caused by chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an emerging arbovirus associated with large-scale epidemics that hit the Indian Ocean (especially the French Island of La RÃ©union) in 2005, later spreading to India, and Italy in 2007.
Few things sting like a mosquito's bite -- especially if that bite carries a disease such as malaria. If researchers from The University of Arizona in Tucson have their way, one day mosquito bites may prove deadly to the mosquitoes as well.
ALBUQUERQUE - A group of researchers has discovered a mechanism that helps protect deer mice from hantavirus even though the rodents carry the life-threatening disease.
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...
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 40Â°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...
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...
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...
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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