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2010-02-11 08:00:00

CHICAGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- S.T.O.P.-Safe Tables Our Priority is asking the USDA to give a life-saving gift this Valentine's Day by declaring disease-causing E. coli's other than O157:H7 as adulterants in beef and begin testing for them. E. coli O157:H7 was declared an adulterant in ground beef in 1994 in the aftermath of the west coast outbreak that sickened over 700 people and killed at least 4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 6...

2010-01-28 15:00:00

- article written by vaccine's inventor, Dr. Brett Finlay - BELLEVILLE, ON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that Econiche(TM), the world's first vaccine developed to reduce the shedding by cattle of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157, has been cited in the February, 2010 issue of Scientific American (Vol. 302, # 2). The article, "The Art of Bacterial Warfare", was...

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2010-01-19 07:43:17

Few of us have experience of being infected with Hendra virus. Given that 4 of the 7 people who have caught Hendra virus have died we'd probably like to keep it that way. That shouldn't be too hard. "We know that around 50% of flying foxes have had Hendra virus at some time, yet it does not appear to cause them any problems. All indications are that, on rare occasions, Hendra virus spills over from bats to horses and then from horses to humans "“ there are no known cases of people...

2009-12-15 20:35:28

In this week's PLoS Medicine, Jonna Mazet (University of California, Davis) and colleagues describe their work in the Tanzania-based HALI Project, which adopts the "One Health" approach to address emerging zoonoses, recognizing the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. There is a strong need for integrated health approaches, the authors argue, because explosive human population growth and environmental changes have resulted in increased numbers of people living in...

2009-10-29 15:06:00

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- DAI has been awarded a five-year program aimed at preventing future pandemics such as HIV/AIDS and H1N1. The global infectious disease program, called RESPOND, funded at up to $185 million, is the largest of five U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects designed to improve local institutional capacity to respond to "zoonotic" diseases--those that originate in animals and develop the capacity to infect humans. "Even a partial list...

2009-10-26 23:28:28

Press release from PLoS Medicine This week, the Public Library of Science, an open-access publisher, presents the "Genomics of Emerging Infectious Disease," a collection of essays, perspectives, and reviews that explores how genomics"”with all its associated tools and techniques"”can provide insights into our understanding of emerging infectious disease. As pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza (commonly referred to as swine flu) continues to spread around the globe, people want to know if...

2009-10-15 10:45:52

Med-Vet-Net report showcases 5 years of research Med-Vet-Net, arguably the EU's foremost Network of Excellence, has drawn the final curtain on five years of EC funding with the launch of a new report entitled, Building a European Community to Combat Zoonoses. The report details Med-Vet-Net's long list of scientific achievements across the spectrum of its thematic disciplines from epidemiology and surveillance to risk research and disease control. The Network, which concludes this month having...

2009-09-22 14:50:00

MANHATTAN, Kan., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with World Rabies Day efforts, Dr. Michael Cates, DVM, raised awareness about the One Health Commission at the 2009 Merial Rabies Symposium. Held on Kansas State University's campus, Dr. Cates, director of the university's Master of Public Health Program, and One Health Commission's secretary-treasurer, shared how zoonotic diseases, like rabies, are very much a "one health" concern. "At least 60 percent of known pathogens, such as...

2009-09-22 13:30:00

Significant weaknesses undermine the global community's abilities to prevent, detect early, and respond efficiently to potentially deadly species-crossing microbes, such as the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus sweeping the globe, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. The report provides a detailed plan for establishing and funding a comprehensive, globally coordinated system to identify novel zoonotic disease threats as early as possible wherever they...

2009-09-19 13:49:20

E. coli outbreaks linked to petting farms warrant review of guidelines involving children and animals, a British bacteriologist said. We have to look very, very seriously at the guidelines that we have been running for many years and see if they need changing, Hugh Pennington, Britain's foremost specialist on E. coli, told the BBC in a story aired Saturday. Penning said he was not terribly happy that children under age 5 were allowed to touch lambs, calves, goats and other animals at petting...


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2011-02-17 15:14:03

Lassa fever, first described in 1969 in Lassa, is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever. Clinical cases were known a decade before this but were not associated with this viral pathogen. It is endemic in West African countries and causes approximately 5,000 deaths. The Natal Multimammate Mouse is the primary animal host. The rodent is a source of protein but the virus is usually transmitted by the contact with the feces and urine of animals accessing grain stores in residences. The lassa virus...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'