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They kill thousands of animals and people every year by spreading rabies. New research findings could solve the problem.
Academics have sent an open letter to the World Health Organisation calling for the Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika threat. They're overreacting.
Ed Hutchinson/University of Glasgow
Understanding how the flu virus copies itself could open a way to killing it.
So much more can be achieved if African researchers work together.
There are a number of stumbling blocks to intra African collaboration. These must be addressed to ensure that research is not duplicated and that findings are shared.
Some 60% of bugs that infect humans originated in animals.
The world’s scientific community is focused on how to improve detection and responses to emerging diseases such as Zika virus and Ebola. So what can we learn from the most recent large-scale outbreaks?
Rabies rates are rising in Africa.
New initiative with old handsets halves rates of the disease in southern Tanzania – and is being applied to other conditions, too.
A researcher looking at E.coli bacteria strain at the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment in Latvia.
What is the difference between these pathogens, and how dangerous are they?
An Ebola training exercise at Madigan Army Medical Center’s Andersen Simulation Center, in the US.
John Liston/Army Medicine/ flickr
To tackle Zika and other viral outbreaks, we need to focus not only on the pathology of the disease, but also on the global political and economic architecture.
Black-headed flying fox (right) among a grey-headed colony.
Bats can carry some of the deadliest diseases known to affect humans and yet they don't seem to get sick. So what can we learn from a bat's immune system?
A reservoir of viruses.
Globalisation has ensured that pandemics are a fact of life, but are we learning from past mistakes?
Cassava feeds 800 million people - keeping it disease-free is a must.
Rapid genetic disease screening will be the key to saving East Africa's crops - just as it was during West Africa's ebola crisis.
Life hasn’t been sweet for the honeybees lately.
New study maps the spread of 'deformed wing virus' – and it follows patterns of human trade.
Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole has a great deal of fixing to the country’s primary healthcare system.
Newly appointed Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole is focused on providing primary healthcare services.
A professor of economics reflects on other outbreaks to get to grips with the likely impacts of Zika.
Illustration of the zika virus.
Zika by Shutterstock
Zika is quite different to Ebola – and experts would do well to wait before making recommendations this time.
Dr Rebecca Inglis
There are certainly some reasons to be hopeful...
Humanitarian aid arrives.
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
The sheer volume of major humanitarian disasters is stopping us from making genuine changes to the way we respond.
Understanding where and how the virus hides on treatment is one of the biggest questions facing scientists working on HIV.
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Ebola’s clever trick – to lie dormant inside a cell or to hide in a particular organ – is not unfamiliar. Lots of viruses do it. HIV is the master of such a trick.
Recovering from Ebola can mean disability, stigma and the threat of the disease returning – but authorities are starting to act.
Misaki Wayengera working on his rapid diagnostic test.
Unless African governments put their money where their mouths are, innovative advances from young scientists on the continent will be stifled.