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New influenza virus discovered in Guatemalan fruit bats by Karen Bastille Health Maven Posted Tue 28 Feb 2012 10:02pm A CDC Press Release A new influenza A virus discovered in fruit bats in Guatemala does not appear to present a current threat to humans, but should be studied as a potential source for human influenza, according to scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who worked with University of the Va ... Read on »
Marburg virus in Egyptian fruit bats by Vincent Racaniello Posted Thu 13 Aug 2009 8:02pm Marburg virus has been isolated from Egyptian fruit bats ( Rousettus aegyptiacus ) living in Kitaka Cave, Uganda, demonstrating that bats are a natural reservoir of the virus. Marburg virus, the founding member of the Filoviridae, is an enveloped virus with a negative-strand RNA genome. Other members of the filovirus family are the five s ... Read on »
Hepatitis B viruses in bats by Vincent Racaniello Posted Fri 18 Oct 2013 12:00am Hepatitis B virus (HBV, illustrated) is a substantial human pathogen. WHO estimates that there are now 240,000,000 individuals chronically infected with HBV worldwide, of which 25% will die from chronic liver disease or hepatocellular carcinoma. The hepatitis B virus vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection. Because there are no k ... Read on »
Influenza A viruses in bats by Vincent Racaniello Posted Tue 12 Nov 2013 12:00am It is well known that aquatic birds are a major reservoir of influenza A viruses, and that pandemic human influenza virus strains of the past century derive viral genes from this pool. The recent discovery of two new influenza A viruses in bats suggests that this species may constitute another reservoir with even greater genetic diversity. ... Read on »
Study Finds New SARS-Like Virus Spread Through Bats, Pigs by Medline Plus Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 12:00pm Finding might help public health officials develop plan to contain possible outbreak Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Read on »
How lethal is rabies virus? by Vincent Racaniello Posted Wed 22 Aug 2012 12:00am When I am asked to name the most lethal human virus, I never hesitate to name rabies virus. Infection with this virus is almost invariably fatal; just three unvaccinated individuals have been known to survive . New evidence from humans in the Peruvian Amazon suggests that the virus might be less lethal than previously believed. Rabies vi ... Read on »
Antibody Treatment Protects Monkeys from Hendra Virus Disease by Medline Plus Posted Wed 19 Oct 2011 4:26pm A human antibody given to monkeys infected with the deadly Hendra virus completely protected them from disease, according to a study published by National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and their collaborators. Hendra and the closely related Nipah virus, both rare viruses th ... Read on »
Simple, Non-Toxic Ways to Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus by Diane Patient Expert Posted Wed 22 Aug 2012 1:09pm West Nile Virus is on the rise in the United States, a consequence of the climate change that is bringing more extreme weather conditions to many parts of the country. The Centers for Disease Control report that, "since 1999, 30,000 people have been reported as getting sick with West Nile Virus. Occasionally, an infected person may develop m ... Read on »
How many viruses on Earth? by Vincent Racaniello Posted Fri 06 Sep 2013 12:00am How many different viruses are there on planet Earth? Twenty years ago Stephen Morse suggested that there were about one million viruses of vertebrates (he arrived at this calculation by assuming ~20 different viruses in each of the 50,000 vertebrates on the planet). The results of a new study suggest that at least 320,000 different viruses i ... Read on »
New Virus 'Jumps' From Monkey to Scientist, Causing Serious Illness by HealthFinder Posted Fri 22 Oct 2010 10:00am healthnewslink Adenovirus strain is under study but experts say there's no immediate cause for alarm. By Jenifer Goodwin HealthDay Reporter ... Read on »