Medical staff prepare to enter a hospital isolation unit in western Uganda during a suspected Ebola outbreak in 2018.
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The Sudan strain of the Ebola virus has been identified in Uganda for the first time in more than a decade.
Vaccinating at-risk groups is just one of the public health strategies many countries are using.
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Public health measures have played a big role in curbing the current outbreak.
Phages can sense bacterial DNA damage, which triggers them to replicate and jump ship.
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Phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, can lie dormant within chromosomes until they’re triggered to replicate and burst out of their hosts.
People catch La Crosse disease primarily from the bite of the eastern tree-hole mosquito – although two other species may also carry the virus.
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Not all cases of La Crosse disease affect the neurological system, but those that do can be severe and sometimes fatal – especially in children.
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As with COVID, monkeypox may do more damage than initially thought. A new study looks at the evidence for neurological damage.
Critical-care patients in the emergency polio ward at Haynes Memorial Hospital in Boston in August 1955.
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Health officials say the new case of polio in New York state and the presence of poliovirus in the municipal wastewater suggests that hundreds more could already be infected with the disease.
As well as a mild fever, children with the disease develop small white blisters or a red rash.
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Swabs from two children in the UK reveal the cause of the ‘mysterious illness’.
Enteroviruses and parainfluenza 3 virus are more common in summer.
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Some viruses even tend to be more common in the summer than in the winter.
A dog in Paris has become the first case of a pet contracting monkeypox from its owners.
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The monkeypox virus can easily spread between humans and animals. A veterinary virologist explains how the virus could go from people to wild animals in the US – and why that could be a problem.
Bacteria can team up with viruses to cause coinfections.
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Coinfections with bacteria can make viral infections even deadlier. Researchers have identified a protein in immune cells that may play a role in fighting both types of pathogens.
The internet has become a new player in plant care advice.
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Plant care advice abounds on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – but not all of it is good. A plant expert debunks four common recommendations.
The current outbreak in non-endemic countries is being spread entirely from human to human.
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The right public health measures can be very effective at curbing the virus’s spread – if executed properly.
Flooding from hurricanes like Irma in Florida can overwhelm sewer systems and spread pathogens in other ways.
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It’s not just mosquitos. Flooding, extreme heat and other climate-related hazards are bringing people into contact with pathogens more often, and affecting people’s ability to fight off disease.
Vaccination can help reduce the risk of monkeypox infection.
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While the majority of monkeypox cases thus far have been recorded among men who have sex with men, everyone is still at risk of contracting the disease.
The Jynneos monkeypox vaccine provides strong protection against infection but is in short supply.
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There are two approved monkeypox vaccines in the US. Both use a related poxvirus called vaccinia to produce an immune response that protects against smallpox and monkeypox.
The monkeypox virus, shown in this illustration, can be transmitted through close contact between people.
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By late July 2022, monkeypox was present in more than 70 countries with significant spread in certain communities. As a result, the World Health Organization began taking steps to fight the virus.
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Cases may be stabilising but this could be the dip before a new wave.
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The chances of surviving Marburg are improved if there’s early supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment.
Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, which are the ovals and circles seen in this electron microscope image of the skin of a person infected with monkeypox.
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The monkeypox virus, which is commonly found in West and Central Africa, is now causing many infections in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.