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  • First Case of Zika Virus Reported in Puerto Rico
    The Puerto Rico Department of Health reported on Dec. 31, 2015 the first locally acquired case of Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico.  Zika was confirmed in a resident of Puerto Rico with no known travel history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...More
    January 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Method for Observing Viruses May Shed Light on How to Stop Them
    If researchers can understand how viruses assemble, they may be able to design drugs that prevent viruses from forming in the first place. Unfortunately, how exactly viruses self-assemble has long remained a mystery because it happens very quickly and at such small ...More
    December 7, 2015 Posted in News
  • Certain Herpes Viruses Can Infect Human Neurons
    For years, researchers have noted a tantalizing link between some neurologic conditions and certain species of the herpes virus. In patients with Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebellar ataxia, among other neuropathies, the cerebrospinal fluid teems with ...More
    December 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Analyzing Viral Genes in Old Human Samples Deepens Understanding of How Viruses Develop and Spread
    A group of researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of Edinburgh is the first to find the genetic material of a human virus from old human bones. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study analyzed the skeletal remains of Second World ...More
    December 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Using Copper to Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses
    New research from the University of Southampton has found that copper can effectively help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which are linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). ...More
    November 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • New SARS-Like Virus Can Jump Directly From Bats to Humans
    Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers point out that if the SARS-like virus did jump, it is still unclear whether ...More
    November 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Penn Scientists Reveal 90 Percent of Skin-Based Viruses Represent Viral 'Dark Matter'
    Scientists in recent years have made great progress in characterizing the bacterial population that normally lives on human skin and contributes to health and disease. Now researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have used ...More
    November 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Rashes Often Associated with Viruses in Children
    Sniffles, stomach bugs, fever and sore throats are often associated with viruses, but rashes are common in children with viral infections as well. Rashes can be itchy and painful for kids and difficult for parents trying to determine if they are a symptom of something ...More
    October 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • Could a Drug Engineered From Bananas Fight Many Deadly Viruses? New Results Show Promise
    A banana a day may not keep the doctor away, but a substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could someday fight off a wide range of viruses, new research suggests. And the process used to create the virus-fighting form may help scientists ...More
    October 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals New, Potent Way to Boost Immunity and Fight Viruses
    Many viral infections, such as the common cold, cause mild illnesses that the body’s immune system eventually defeats. But when viruses cause severe disease, doctors have few options for effective treatment. Studying mice with a variety of viral infections, scientists ...More
    October 19, 2015 Posted in News
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