Medical workers move a woman, who is suspected of having Ebola, upon her arrival at Meioxeiro Hospital, in Vigo, northwestern Spain, 28 October 2015.
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Professor Peter Doherty on infectious disease pandemics.
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William Isdale speaks with the University of Melbourne's Professor Peter Doherty about infectious disease pandemics.
Computers may play an important role in preparing us for the next viral outbreak – whether flu or Ebola.
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Tiny bug, major disease spreader.
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Many in the Western Front contracted haemorrhagic dysentery.
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Aedes aegypti, the Zika-carrying mosquito.
The Zika outbreak that started in Brazil in 2015 continues on five continents, causing neurological disease and birth defects.
The latest research dismisses the idea that viruses form a fourth type of life.
Cytomegalovirus infection in the womb is more common in Australia than infection with listeria or toxoplasma in pregnancy.
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Health centre in Sainte Dominique, Dakar, Senegal.
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The HIV virus.
We have an awful lot in common with the viruses that infect us.
Antibiotics are wrongly being prescribed for infections where they won't work and cutting this down could help combat resistance. But change isn't as easy as just providing the means.
New research shows viruses can effectively turn bacteria into animal-like cells.
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Flu virus mutates so quickly that one year's vaccine won't work on the next year's common strains. But a new way to create vaccines, called 'rational design,' might pave the way for more lasting solutions.
In us, on us and all around us.
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Long viewed simply as 'germs,' the hidden half of nature turns out to be crucial to the health of people and plants.
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How will the downgrade of Zika’s emergency status affect women like this 23-year-old Vietnamese woman and her baby born with microcephaly?
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The World Health Organisation no longer sees Zika as a health emergency. But what does this downgrade mean for the health of mothers and babies?
The shingles or zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is made from a live but weakened form of the varicella-zoster virus.
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Do we contain the most elaborate set of instructions?
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The answer – fewer than are in a banana – has implications for the study of human health and raises questions about what generates complexity anyway.
There are three main types of conjunctivitis depending on the cause.
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The science is now used to tackle a range of diseases.
Peter Doherty's Nobel Prize-winning insights proved crucial for understanding how viral infections are controlled.