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The research team used whole-genome sequencing to evaluate the relationships of isolates and also analyzed infection prevention measures such as hand hygiene adherence, access to alcohol-based hand rubs, and cleaning of high-touch surfaces.

Stripping Down Bacterial Armor: A New Way to Fight Anthrax

July 15, 2019

A new study led by Dr. Antonella Fioravanti in the lab of professor Han Remaut (VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology) has shown that removing the armor of the bacterium that causes anthrax slows its growth and negatively affects its ability to cause disease.

Scientists Identify New Virus-Killing Protein

July 10, 2019

A new protein called KHNYN has been identified as a missing piece in a natural antiviral system that kills viruses by targeting a specific pattern in viral genomes, according to new findings published today in eLife.

CDC Urges Clinicians to Rapidly Recognize and Report AFM Cases

July 10, 2019

As the late summer/early fall “season” for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) nears, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling on medical professionals to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report all suspected cases to their health department.

Bacteria Associated With Hospital Infections are Found in Raw Meat

July 9, 2019

Bacteria of the Acinetobacter ACB complex, which are frequently acquired in hospital settings, can also be found in beef meat, according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by "la Caixa" and performed with meat samples from markets in Lima, Peru.