Here ’ s what you should know about the flu season this year

This post has been updated. This year's flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms is almost as high as levels reported during the peak of the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic, federal officials have said. It has already caused the most hospitalizations […]Related:Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza seasonCDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facilityCDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratom
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Publication date: Available online 21 May 2019Source: Journal of Hospital InfectionAuthor(s): George Hills, Matthew Kennedy, Osama Ahmed, Julian W. Tang
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
AbstractA longitudinal study was performed in three Danish farrow to grower (30 kilos) herds over a 4-month period to investigate the dynamics and clinical impacts of influenza A virus (IAV) infections. In each herd, four batches consisting of four sows each with five ear-tagged piglets were included. Nasal swabs and/or blood were sampled from the sows and/or the piglets prior to farrowing and at weeks 1, 3, and 5 and at the end of the nursery period. Clinical examinations were performed at each sampling time. The sows and piglets were tested for IAV and IAV antibodies in nasal swabs and blood samples, respectively. The re...
Source: Veterinary Research - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 May 2019Source: LWTAuthor(s): Debasish Kumar Dey, Bon Gyo Koo, Chanchal Sharma, Sun Chul KangAbstractFoodborne pathogenic bacteria like, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Bacillus cereus and Salmonella typhimurium are the biggest threat to food industries. Their growth in the environment and transmission of deadly diseases has become a challenge. The present study confirmed the genetic identity of DD_A7 is similar to the reported probiotic strains of Weissella confusa by analyzing the polymorphism in the conserved region of 16S-rRNA sequence. The Kimchi isolated, non-pathogenic W. confusa DD_A...
Source: LWT Food Science and Technology - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 May 2019Source: Journal of Molecular StructureAuthor(s): Tehmina Akram, Muhammad Athar Abbasi, Ayyaz Mahmood, Edna Barboza de Lima, Fouzia Perveen, Muhammad Ashraf, Irshad Ahmad, S. Goumri-SaidAbstractSynthesis, molecular, spectroscopic (1H NMR and FT–IR) properties, biological evaluation, electronic structure calculations and in silico molecular docking of two sulfonamide derivates, namely the 4-Bromo-N-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)benzenesulfonamide (4) and 4-Nitro-N-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)benzenesulfonamide (5) were reported. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were performed using B...
Source: Journal of Molecular Structure - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 May 2019Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General SubjectsAuthor(s): Yasunori Watanabe, Thomas A. Bowden, Ian A. Wilson, Max CrispinAbstractGlycosylation is a ubiquitous post-translational modification responsible for a multitude of crucial biological roles. As obligate parasites, viruses exploit host-cell machinery to glycosylate their own proteins during replication. Viral envelope proteins from a variety of human pathogens including HIV-1, influenza virus, Lassa virus, SARS, Zika virus, dengue virus, and Ebola virus have evolved to be extensively glycosylated. These host...
Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) General Subjects - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Segmented negative-sense (SNS) RNA viruses initiate infection by delivering into cells a suite of genomic RNA segments, each sheathed by the viral nucleocapsid protein and bound by the RNA-dependent RNA-polymerase (RdRP). For the orthomyxovirus influenza and the bunyavirus La Crosse, the 5′ end of the genomic RNA binds as a...
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - Category: Science Authors: Tags: PNAS Plus Source Type: research
This report finds that attitudes of older adults to influenza immunisation are a significant factor in influencing the vaccination rates amongst this group. It argues that efforts to increase the vaccination coverage rates among the older population needs to move beyond associating age with vulnerability and towards presenting immunisation as a positive and healthy lifestyle choice.Report
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - Category: UK Health Authors: Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs
Recently, the evolution of H7N9 AIVs has been widely studied in this journal.1, 2 The six internal genes (PB2, PB1, PA, NP, M, and NS) of H7N9 are from chicken H9N2 avian influenza viruses.3 Genotypic analysis of these six internal genes revealed that the most frequent genotypes of H9N2 genotypes did not become the major genotypes in H7N9, thus it appears that H7N9 prefer some genotypes for these genes.4 The cause for this preference remains unknown, as is whether this preference helped H7N9 become a successful AIV subtype.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
We examined the clinical and serologic features of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)-related diseases (GBSRDs), including GBS, Fisher syndrome (FS), and Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis (BBE), after influenza virus infection (GBSRD-I) to reveal potential underlying autoimmune mechanisms. Methods We retrospectively investigated the presence of antiglycolipid antibodies against 11 glycolipids and the clinical features of 63 patients with GBSRD-I. Autoantibody profiles and clinical features were compared with those of 82 patients with GBSRDs after Campylobacter jejuni infection (GBSRD-C). Results The anti-GQ1b seroposi...
Source: Neurology Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Guillain-Barre syndrome Article Source Type: research
The dissemination of Influenza A virus (IAV) throughout the world has become one of the main concerns for the health of both animals and human beings. An efficient and sensitive diagnostic tool is thus needed for the early detection of IAV. Here, we developed a wash-free magnetic bioassay and further integrated it with a handheld platform based on giant-magnetoresistance (GMR) sensors. The wash-free magnetic bioassay significantly accelerates and simplifies the detection process. This brand-new system was successful in detecting both IAV nucleoprotein and IAV-contained nasal swab samples from pigs on the farm. The extrapol...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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