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Vincent Racaniello

At virology blog, my goal is to educate you about viruses - the kind that make you sick. Why am I qualified to teach you virology? I have been studying viruses for over 30 years, starting in 1975, when I entered the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City... Full Bio
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Could Reston virus be a vaccine for Ebola virus? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have received many questions about whether immunizing with Reston virus could protect against infection with Ebola virus. Usually the question comes together with the ... Read on »
How Firestone controlled Ebola virus disease in Liberia by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When the first case of Ebola virus infection was detected at the Firestone Liberia, Inc. rubber tree plantation in March of this year, the company needed to prevent the v ... Read on »
TWiV 307: Ebola aetiology by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #307 of the science show This Week in Virology, Tara Smith joins the TWiEBOVsters to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, spread of the disease to ... Read on »
Can Ebola virus infect via the skin? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I received this question about Ebola virus infection via email: Can you become infected if infected droplet lands on your skin even if there is no abrasion on the ... Read on »
The quarantine period for Ebola virus by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine WHO and CDC recommend that individuals who are potentially infected with Ebola virus should be quarantined for 21 days. Where does this number come from? Charles Haas a ... Read on »
Enterovirus D68 infections in North America by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Enterovirus D68 by Jason Roberts An outbreak of respiratory disease caused by enterovirus D68 began in August of this year with clusters of cases in Missouri and ... Read on »
Would we have an Ebola virus vaccine if not for NIH cuts? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, believes that we would have an Ebola virus vaccine if not for the past ten years of flat budgets for l ... Read on »
WHO assessment of experimental Ebola virus vaccines by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The World Health Organization held a conference to assess the status of testing and eventual licensing of two candidate Ebola virus vaccines. The agenda and list of parti ... Read on »
Combination antiviral therapy for hepatitis C by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a single pill containing two different antiviral drugs for the treatment for hepatitis C. It is the first combi ... Read on »
TWiV 306: This Week in Ebolavirus by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #306 of the science show This Week in Virology, the Grand Masters of the TWiV discuss Ebola virus transmission, air travel from West Africa, Ebola virus infect ... Read on »
New Yorkers like their science from scientists by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I cannot pass up the opportunity to point out this wonderful quote by Ginia Ballafante in her NY Times piece, Fear of Vaccines Goes Viral . The article starts by noting  ... Read on »
Treatment of Ebola virus infection with brincidofovir by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola virus infection after traveling to Dallas, Texas, was treated with an antiviral drug called brincidofovir. This drug had o ... Read on »
The incubation period of a viral infection by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The time before the symptoms of a viral infection appear is called the incubation period. During this time, viral genomes are replicating and the host is responding, pr ... Read on »
Oral polio vaccine-associated paralysis in a child despite previous immunization with inactivated... by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Poliovirus by Jason Roberts Vaccine-associated poliomyelitis caused by the oral poliovirus vaccine is rare, but its occurrence in a healthy, immunocompetent 6-month ... Read on »
Acute flaccid paralysis of unknown etiology in California by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Enterovirus D68 by Jason Roberts In February 2014 I wrote about children in California who developed a poliomyelitis-like paralysis, also called acute flaccid para ... Read on »
WHO on Ebola virus transmission by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The World Health Organization has issued a situation assessment entitled ‘ What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans ‘. WHO is rather later entering ... Read on »
TWiV 305: Rhymes with shinola by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #305 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Kathy continue their coverage of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, with a discussion ... Read on »
Ebola virus enters the United States by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Image credit: ViralZone Apparently the Dallas patient told a healthcare worker during his first hospital visit that he had been in Liberia. This information was n ... Read on »
Could the Ebola virus epidemic have been prevented? by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The cover of this week’s issue of Businessweek declares that ‘Ebola is coming’ in letters colored like blood, with the subtitle ‘The US had a chance to stop the virus i ... Read on »
TWiV 304: Given X, solve for EBOV by Vincent Racaniello Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On episode #304 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team consults an epidemiologist to forecast the future scope of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Afric ... Read on »