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Zoonotic Diseases

  • Better Surveillance, More Cohesive Policies Needed to Fight Rift Valley Fever Outbreaks
    Research on the mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever in east Africa and the Arabian Peninsula shows that current surveillance systems are unable to detect the virus in livestock before it spreads to humans. A coherent policy is needed to combat the viral disease, which has the ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Study Confirms Forms of HIV Can Cross From Chimps to Humans
    No one knows exactly how it happened. It may have entered through a cut or bite wound, the blood of a chimpanzee seeping into an exposed fingertip or forearm or foot. But in the early 1900s, probably near a West African rainforest, it's thought that a hunter or vendor of ...More
    July 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • 20-Plus Countries Environmentally Suitable for Ebola Transmission by Bats
    Though the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013 is now under control, 23 countries remain environmentally suitable for animal-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus. Only seven of these countries have experienced cases of Ebola, leaving the remaining 16 ...More
    July 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hybrid Forms of the Common House Mosquito May Serve as Vectors Between Birds and Humans
    Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna for the first time collected quantified data on hybrid forms of two species of the northern house mosquito in eastern Austria. The reproductive hybrid feeds – in contrast to the two known species of house mosquito – on the blood ...More
    April 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Neanderthals May Have Been Infected by Diseases Carried Out of Africa by Humans
    A new study suggests that Neanderthals across Europe may well have been infected with diseases carried out of Africa by waves of anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens. As both were species of hominin, it would have been easier for pathogens to jump populations, say ...More
    April 11, 2016 Posted in News
  • Potential Pathway for Emergence of Zoonotic Malaria is Identified
    The parasite responsible for a form of malaria now spreading from macaques to humans in South Asia could evolve to infect humans more efficiently, a step toward enhanced transmission between humans, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. ...More
    April 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Field Museum Study Reveals Evolution of Malaria
    Malaria affects close to 500 million people every year, but we're not the only ones--different species of malaria parasite can infect birds, bats, and other mammals too. A Field Museum study published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution reveals a new take on the ...More
    March 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Devise New Way to Detect Zoonotic Diseases
    Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can’t detect. In a study led by Duke University, researchers used a technique called whole-transcriptome sequencing to screen for bloodborne diseases in wild ...More
    January 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Prairie Dogs are a Model for Infectious Disease Spread
    Every now and then, colonies of prairie dogs are wiped out by plague, an infectious disease most often associated with the Black Death of the 14th century. Plague doesn’t usually kill people these days, but it’s alive and well among the millions of ...More
    January 13, 2016 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
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