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2010-11-05 10:30:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today that the latest round of surveys shows the state's decade-long effort to eradicate the Plum Pox Virus was a success and the virus has not reappeared. A rigorous survey conducted over the summer tested more than 76,500 leaf samples from across the state. State and federal agriculture department crews began collecting samples from 21 counties in May and finished at the end of...

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2010-10-28 09:06:51

Study findings might help better understand bronchitis, emphysema, other lung diseases A new study of an exotic, infectious virus that has caused three recent outbreaks in the United States reveals clues to how the virus might damage lungs during infection. The findings also suggest possible new ways to treat lung diseases in humans. Not only does the infection from monkeypox virus increase production of proteins involved in inflammation, but it decreases production of proteins that keep lung...

2010-08-31 20:43:06

Monkeypox has increased 20-fold in Democractic Republic of Congo since 1980 In the winter of 1979, the world celebrated the end of smallpox, a highly contagious and often fatal viral infection estimated to have caused between 300 and 500 million deaths during the 20th century. The virus was eradicated through an aggressive worldwide vaccination campaign, which itself ended in 1980. After all, with no virus, there was no longer a need for a vaccine. Now,  researchers at UCLA say the...

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2010-01-08 07:15:00

A worldwide vaccination campaign has finally succeeded in ridding the globe of a disease that has been plaguing cattle for millennia, the world's paramount veterinary agency announced on Thursday. Rinderpest, or cattle plague, is a disease that can kill off entire herds of cattle and buffalo, resulting in severe economic problems and malnutrition in villages in poor countries, reported AFP. A rigorous effort to vaccinate animals against the virus that causes the disease is finally bearing...

2009-12-23 09:15:16

New research in the FASEB Journal explains how variola, monkeypox, and related viruses disable immune systems to yield devastating consequences A team of researchers working in a high containment laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, have solved a fundamental mystery about smallpox that has puzzled scientists long after the natural disease was eradicated by vaccination.: they know how it kills us. In a new research report appearing online in The FASEB...

2009-10-15 08:25:12

In the annals of medicine, Edward Jenner's 1796 vaccination of a young boy against smallpox, using fluid from cowpox blisters, remains a landmark case. In a new study, Kathryn Sykes, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and her colleagues have taken a fresh look at cowpox. Their findings, appearing in the advanced online issue of Virology, demonstrate that this ancient pathogen still has much to teach us, and may hasten development of novel vaccines against smallpox...

2009-05-12 12:01:52

 University of Florida researchers have learned more about how smallpox conducts its deadly business "” discoveries that may reveal as much about the human immune system as they do about one of the world's most feared pathogens.In findings to be published this week in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists describe how they looked at all of the proteins produced by the smallpox virus in concert with human proteins, and discovered...

2009-01-28 14:25:04

U.S. scientists say they have taken the first step toward developing a pharmaceutical medication to treat smallpox and the emerging human monkeypox. A major breakthrough by Oklahoma State University Assistant Professor Junpeng Deng and Ph.D. student Brian Krumm demonstrated the three-dimensional crystal structure of a poxvirus protein in the act of blocking a human immune molecule -- interleukin 18. The human immune system is rendered helpless against poxviruses partly because the viruses...

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2008-04-22 13:00:00

Researchers report this month that red colobus monkeys in a park in western Uganda have been exposed to an unknown orthopoxvirus, a pathogen related to the viruses that cause smallpox, monkeypox and cowpox. Most of the monkeys screened harbor antibodies to a virus that is similar "“ but not identical "“ to known orthopoxviruses.The findings appear online in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.This is the first effort to screen Ugandan red colobus monkeys for orthopoxviruses,...

2006-03-18 14:12:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to President George W. Bush on Saturday looked at ways they might deal with a possible smallpox attack, a drill that included reviewing some lessons learned from the response to Hurricane Katrina. Bush, who was not at the exercise, warned in a speech in December 2002 that the potential use by militants of the smallpox virus as a weapon was "one potential danger to America." White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said there is no evidence that a smallpox...


Latest Poxviridae Reference Libraries

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2011-02-23 21:18:56

Vaccinia virus (VACV or VV) is a large, complex, enveloped virus belonging to the poxvirus family. It is well-known for its role in eradicating smallpox. It was the first human disease to to successfully be eradicated by science. The World Health Organization was the one who completed the endeavor. The vaccinia virus saw renewed interest in the early 21st century due to concerns about the smallpox virus being used as an agent for bioterrorism. They can be divided into four types:...

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2011-02-23 17:00:17

The Molluscum contagiosum virus, MCV, is a virus, in the poxvirus family, that causes the disease Molluscum contagiosum in humans. The virions have a complex structure that is consistent with the structure of the poxvirus family. Since the virus cannot routinely be cultured diagnosis is made on the clinical appearance. It can be confirmed by excisional biopsy. There are four types of MCV and MCV-2 is usually seen in adults and is often sexually transmitted. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2011-01-05 13:01:59

The African Swine Fever virus, ASFV, is a double-stranded DNA virus that replicates in the cytoplasm of infected cells. It can affect most pigs, wild and domesticated, as well as soft ticks. It is the only virus with a DNA genome that is transmitted by arthropods. The virus causes a lethal hemorrhagic disease in domestic pigs which sometimes leads to death in as little as a week. In every other species the virus causes no discernible disease. The virus is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa...

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