Viral Infections


  • Multicenter Study Finds Respiratory Viruses Most Common Cause of Pneumonia in Children
    Respiratory viruses, not bacterial infections, are the most commonly detected causes of community-acquired pneumonia in children, according to new research released Feb. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The multicenter Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Treatment of Viral Infections in ICU Patients
    Patients with severe viral infections are often hospitalized in intensive care units (ICUs) and recent studies underline the frequency of viral detection in ICU patients. Viral infections in the ICU often involve the respiratory or the central nervous system and can cause ...More
    December 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Response to Viral Infections Depends on the Entry Route of the Virus
    Insects can transmit viral diseases to humans. Therefore, understanding how insects cope with viral infection, and what immune mechanisms are triggered, can be important to stop disease transmission. In a study published in this week's issue of the journal PLOS Pathogens, ...More
    December 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Chances for Outbreaks of Another African Viral Infection are Increasing
    Another family of viruses, deadly in some cases, may have already jumped from fruit bats into humans in Africa, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Communications. The study provides the first, preliminary scientific evidence that ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Viral Infection May Trigger Childhood Diabetes in Utero
    The incidence of type 1 childhood diabetes has been increasing rapidly worldwide. If blood sugar levels aren't well-controlled, juvenile diabetes can affect nearly every organ of a child's body. And while long-term complications of the disease develop gradually, they may ...More
    October 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Which Interferons Best Control Viral Infections?
    Respiratory and intestinal infections caused by RNA viruses stimulate infected cells to produce interferons, which can act alone or in combination to block virus replication. Important differences between the presence of IFN receptors on cells and new evidence that specific ...More
    June 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Protein That Helps Control Common Viral Infection
    Infectious disease specialists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center have identified a protein that regulates the body’s immune response to cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common pathogen that causes lifelong infections and can lead to devastating illness in newborns ...More
    March 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Multimillion-Dollar Antiviral Drug Discovery Center Aims to Take on West Nile, Influenza
    Viral infections with limited or no treatment options can pose a major global health threat, but a new national research consortium centered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is focused on the discovery of new and better drug therapies as these viruses emerge. The ...More
    March 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Long Distance Signals Protect Brain From Viral Infections
    The brain contains a defense system that prevents at least two unrelated viruses—and possibly many more—from invading the brain at large. The research is published online ahead of print in the Journal of Virology. "Our work points to the remarkable ability of the immune ...More
    February 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Identifies Protein Essential for Immune Recognition, Response to Viral Infection
    A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-led research team has identified an immune cell protein that is critical to setting off the body's initial response against viral infection. The report that will be published in an upcoming issue of Nature Immunology and is receiving ...More
    November 25, 2013 Posted in News
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