First impressions are important -- they can set the stage for the entire course of a relationship. The same is true for the impressions the cells of our immune system form when they first meet a new bacterium.
Epidemics & Pandemics
An annual influenza season forecasting challenge issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides unique insight into epidemic forecasting, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Researchers from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, have developed a mathematical model that could cure the potential to underestimate how quickly diseases spread.
Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a study published in the journal mBio.
Infectious disease preparedness work focuses predominantly on an historical list of pathogens derived from biological warfare agents, political considerations, and recent outbreaks.
Amidst growing concerns over the low uptake of flu shots in Europe, scientists from the Italian National Research Council and the JRC confirm that vaccinations remain the best way forward when it comes to stopping the spread of infectious
For the purposes of the R&D Blueprint, the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a special tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritize for research and development in public health emergency contexts.
Åshild J. Vågene conducting lab work at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
The worldwide spread of a serious infectious disease could result in pandemic-related deaths of 700,000 and annual economic losses of $500 billion, according to a study in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.