People and animals live side by side – and can have pathogens in common.
No one then knew a virus caused the 1918 flu pandemic, much less that animals can be a reservoir for human illnesses. Now virus ecology research and surveillance are key for public health efforts.
Hoverflies are helping spread disease among the already declining bee population.
A digitally colorized cluster of norovirus virions.
CDC/ Charles D. Humphrey
There's a norovirus outbreak at the Winter Olympics. Here's what that means – and why it's so hard to stop.
Women's rights and poverty cannot be ignored.
Could the yearly flu shot become a thing of the past?
AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File
Flu virus mutates so quickly that one year's vaccine won't work on the next year's common strains. But rational design – a new way to create vaccines – might pave the way for more lasting solutions.
Once a respiratory virus like influenza has entered your home or workplace, it is wise to treat the space like a hospital and practice infection prevention and control.
From face-touching to virus-contaminated electronic devices, a scientist offers some tips on eradicating the flu virus from your home.
A flu patient at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio on Jan. 8, 2018.
AP Photo/Tony Dejak
Anyone who's had the flu can attest that it makes them feel horrible. But why? What is going on inside the body that brings such pain and malaise? An immunologist explains.
No cases of feline parvovirus were reported from the 1980s until 2015.
The good news is there's a vaccine to prevent feline parvovirus.
Despite new findings, the deaths can't be blamed on enteric fever alone.
Justin A. Welbergen
We need balanced media reporting about bat-borne diseases to help avoid vilification of Australia's under-appreciated creatures of the night.
An annual vaccine is your best protection against the flu.
After Australia's tough flu season, some experts predict that the U.S. is in for a few difficult months. What does that mean for you?
Delivering genetic material is a key challenge in gene therapy.
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One big challenge for gene therapies is delivering DNA or RNA safely to cells inside patients' bodies. New nanoparticles could be an improvement over the current standard – repurposed viruses.
Current plans to eradicate polio mean keeping the virus alive – and risk restarting the epidemic.
Bad news on the doorstep. How to stay safe?
Like the recent WannaCry, viruses and other hacker software are now part of our digital lives. How big are the threats? How can we protect ourselves?
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Scientists believe flight may influence their immune responses to coronoviruses, which cause fatal diseases such as SARS and MERS in humans.
Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?
Egyptian fruit bat.
Cousin of the Ebola virus, Marburg has the potential to cause devastation.
Waluh, a one-day-old male baby pygmy hippopotamus (Cheropsis libereensis), swims with his mother.
Why are some animals resistant to waterborne disease? A reader wants to know.
QuRapID can find Ebola in a drop of blood in just over an hour.
Flu seems to be more deadly than colds, here’s why.
Why is it the flu virus is so deadly compared to the common cold virus?
The way we talk about cyberspace may make us more vulnerable to hacking.