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2009-06-18 06:12:59

The World Health Organization is looking into a potential outbreak of bubonic plague in Libya near the Egyptian border. According to Libyan officials, one person had died from the disease and several more are sick in the town of Tubruq. The disease, also known as the Black Death, has been reported in sub-Saharan Africa multiple times, but can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early enough. According to Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, spokeswomen for the WHO, the organization received a request...

2009-06-11 12:24:05

Health Department officials say residents of Santa Fe County, N.M., should take precautions amid three confirmed cases of bubonic plague in the county. Paul Ettestad, the state public health veterinarian, said residents also need to be cautious with pets that are allowed outside because the county is seeing a number of bubonic plague cases involving animals, The (Santa Fe) New Mexican said Thursday. Besides the human cases, we're also having animal cases, Ettestad said. Those span from Taos...

2009-05-26 14:12:07

German scientists say they have discovered how bacteria measure temperature and thereby control rates of infection. Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig and the Braunschweig Technical University say they've show, for the first time, bacteria of the Yersinia genus possess a unique protein thermometer -- the protein RovA -- which assists them in the infection process. The scientists said RovA is a multi-functional sensor, measuring both the temperature of...

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...

2009-04-13 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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2009-03-13 07:40:00

Researchers in Italy have uncovered what appears to be the remains of a female "vampire" in Venice, Reuters reported.The woman's remains were buried with a brick jammed between her jaws, most likely to prevent her from feeding on victims of a plague that swept the city in the 16th century, experts said.The discovery on the small island of Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon supports the medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of plagues like the Black Death, according to...

2009-03-04 10:28:00

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SenesTech, Inc. scientists, Drs. Loretta Mayer, Cheryl Dyer and Timothy Vail, were invited to attend the Third International Workshop on Fertility Control in Wildlife Management in Lincoln, New Zealand where they presented SenesTech's latest developments in humane animal population management. This invitation only meeting is organized by the governments of Australia, the United States, New Zealand and Great Britain, who are working together to...

2009-02-13 07:53:30

U.S. pop star Michael Jackson is being treated with intravenous antibiotics for a serious staph infection, sources told The Sun newspaper. Michael Jackson has a severe staph infection that he contracted during work to reconstruct his nose, an insider told the newspaper. The disease is an MRSA-style (staph) infection because it is resistant to conventional antibiotics, so he has been visiting a clinic to get antibiotics via an IV drip. The infection has spread throughout his face and body and...

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2009-02-07 13:40:00

Nuns and priests risked their lives to care for plague victims in Renaissance France, says a new study that associates contact with infectious plague victims to the demise of many religious order constituents. The study is one of the first to discover that the plague, a fatal bacterial disease called "the Black Death," can be swiftly and precisely found in ancient human remains. A few women who perished after aiding plague victims were Benedictine nuns that lived in the Sainte-Croix Abbey's...

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2008-11-24 13:24:29

Bacteria that can cause serious heart disease in humans are being spread by rat fleas, sparking concern that the infections could become a bigger problem in humans. Research published in the December issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology suggests that brown rats, the biggest and most common rats in Europe, may now be carrying the bacteria. Since the early 1990s, more than 20 species of Bartonella bacteria have been discovered. They are considered to be emerging zoonotic pathogens,...


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