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Additional MERS Cases Raise Concerns Over Saudi Arabian Pilgrimage
2013-10-06 07:35:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the hajj season in Saudi Arabia quickly approaches, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is ramping up efforts to keep millions of pilgrims safe from falling ill to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The annual pilgrimage occurs from October 13-18 with millions expected to be flocking to Mecca and Medina for prayer and worship. While the MOH had not reported any known cases of MERS-CoV stemming...

Two Previously Italian MERS-CoV Cases Downgraded To Probable Cases
2013-09-23 06:35:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Friday, September 20, 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) downgraded two previously laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to probable cases. The two cases are that of a 42-year-old woman and a two-year-old girl in Italy who were reported as confirmed cases on June 2, 2013 after a close relative who had recently returned home from the Middle East was confirmed the day before....

Complex Animal, Human Transmission Patterns Seen In MERS-CoV
2013-09-20 07:14:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continues to spread, researchers have been asking one big question: Has it jumped from animals to humans just once or has it made several jumps throughout its history? A new study published in The Lancet indicates that the virus may have jumped numerous times, based on the genetic diversity found in virus sampling from 25 Saudi Arabian MERS patients. Researchers from...

MERS Cases Jump By 18, WHO Revises Lab Testing Recommendations
2013-09-19 07:23:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus continues to spread, with more than a dozen new laboratory-confirmed cases being reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) since September 1, 2013. The WHO listed the report on its Disease Outbreak News (DON) webpage on September 19. While the WHO reported six cases between September 6 and 7, the 18 newly confirmed cases have only just been added to the DON website....

Drugs Used To Treat Hepatitis C May Also Treat MERS
2013-09-11 14:45:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A pair of drugs frequently used to help treat hepatitis C patients could be used to help treat Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, according to research published online earlier this week by the journal Nature Medicine. Administering a combination of interferon-alpha 2b and ribavirin to monkeys infected with the virus that causes MERS reduced viral replication, subdued inflammation and helped promote lung repair,...

Mutant Strain Created From MERS-CoV May Offer Potential Vaccine
2013-09-10 12:56:57

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists working to find a vaccine and cure for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus may have taken a huge step in the right direction. Publishing details in the open-access journal mBio, researchers, led by Luis Enjuanes of the Autonomous University of Madrid, developed a strain of MERS-CoV that may be used as a vaccine against a disease that has so far killed roughly half of all infected patients....

2013-09-09 08:56:31

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report that a combination of two licensed antiviral drugs reduces virus replication and improves clinical outcome in a recently developed monkey model of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Their study, which appears as a letter in the Sept. 8 edition of Nature Medicine, expands on work published in April showing that a combination of ribavirin and interferon-alpha 2b stops MERS-CoV from replicating in cell culture....

As MERS Continues Its Grasp, Research Looks For Answers
2013-09-09 07:17:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As of September 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been notified of an additional six laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV, bringing the total number of illnesses of this virus to 114. Of the six new cases, four have resulted in death, bringing the MERS-CoV death toll to 54. Of the newest reported cases, one comes from Tunisia of a 66-year-old man who became ill on May 1, 2013 and died nine days later on May 10. The...


Latest Coronavirus Reference Libraries

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2011-02-23 20:52:43

The SARS coronavirus is the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). In 2003 the World Health Organization issued a press release stating that the coronavirus identified by a number of laboratories was the official cause of SARS. It causes severe illness marked initially by systemic symptoms of muscle pain, headache, fever, followed in 2-10 days by the onset of respiratory symptoms, mainly cough, dyspnea, and pneumonia. SARS patients have a decrease in the number of...

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2011-01-12 16:27:29

The common cold is a viral disease of the upper respiratory system, caused primarily by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. Symptoms usually include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and a fever. There is no known treatment to shorten the duration of the virus yet the cold normally dissipates after 7 to 10 days. It is the most common infectious disease in humans who on average are infected two to four times a year in adults. It can also be called a upper respiratory tract infection. Other...

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2011-01-11 10:14:35

Coronavirus, a species in the genera of animal virus, belongs to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae. They are enveloped viruses with single-stranded RNA genome and a helical symmetry. The genome size ranges from 16 to 31 kilobases. The name, meaning crown, comes from the virus envelope appearing to be crowned when viewed under an electron microscopy. These viruses mainly infect the upper respiratory system and the gastrointestinal tract of mammals and birds. There...

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2011-01-05 13:57:34

Canine coronavirus, of the Coronaviridae family, is a virus that causes a highly contagious intestinal disease in dogs. It was discovered in 1971 in Germany during an outbreak in sentry dogs. It replicates in the villi of the small intestine. Intestinal disease can be related to virus-induced apoptosis of cells. Originally the virus was thought to be very severe but is now considered to be very mild. It can, however, be serious if the dog is also infected with canine parvovirus....

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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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