• Data Reveal Dramatic Impact of Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) Strategy
    The Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) strategy is helping to end the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to new data reported in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The strategy—a rapid, coordinated response to Ebola cases in remote ...More
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  • More Progress Needed to Control MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia
    A team of experts from  the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and Institut Pasteur in France concluded a mission to Saudi Arabia to assess the current situation of the ...More
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  • WHO Calls for Worldwide Use of 'Smart' Syringes
    Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all healthcare programs ...More
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  • WHO Urges Governments to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and wellbeing of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1 percent of ...More
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  • Virus-Cutting Enzyme Helps Bacteria Remember a Threat
    Bacteria may not have brains, but they do have memories, at least when it comes to viruses that attack them. Many bacteria have a molecular immune system which allows these microbes to capture and retain pieces of viral DNA that they have encountered in the past, in order ...More
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  • Bacteria Connect to Each Other and Exchange Nutrients
    Bacteria usually live in species-rich communities and frequently exchange nutrients and other metabolites. Until now, it was unclear whether microorganisms exchange metabolites exclusively by releasing them into the surrounding environment or whether they also use direct ...More
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  • Flu Activity Continues to Decrease, CDC Reports
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity is still elevated but continues to decrease in the United States. The number of states with widespread or high flu activity is decreasing, however, ...More
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  • CDC and Partners Investigate Newly Discovered Virus
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is today reporting on the discovery of a new virus that may have contributed to the death of a previously healthy man in eastern Kansas in late spring 2014. A CDC study published today details the progression of the ...More
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  • UCLA Updates Statement on Patient Notification About CRE Exposure
    The UCLA Health System notified 179 patients on Feb. 18 that they may have been exposed last fall to the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria during an endoscopic procedure to diagnose and treat diseases of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas at Ronald ...More
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  • Powerful Dengue Neutralizing Antibody is Found
    A new Duke-NUS-led study has identified a super-potent antibody which requires a minute amount to neutralize the dengue virus. The study, published online on Feb. 20 in the journal Nature Communications, showed how a newly identified antibody 5J7, is highly effective in ...More
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