Monkeypox cases put UK's tropical disease response to the test

Unprecedented diagnoses show system set up after Ebola works well, medics saysLate on a Friday night Dr Mike Beadsworth left the Royal Liverpool hospital after a “pretty hellish couple of weeks”. The clinical director of tropical and infectious diseases and his team had spent weeks trying to save the life of a Middle Eastern man who had been diagnosed with a deadly virus.The man had contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), the first such diagnosis in the UK since 2013.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: NHS Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Ebola UK news Society Source Type: news

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Capacity building for influenza is critical because if you can prepare for and respond to flu outbreaks or respiratory events, you learn and practice for responses to other emerging diseases. Flu is not a sporadic outbreak like Ebola or Zika. It is always there, so there is always something to practice with and keep skills sharp. Because flu is a continual threat there is a lot of learning that goes on which also supports work on other emerging diseases. It ’s like the basic architecture for capacity building in all areas. For example, you can practice your communications for responding to outbreaks and better unders...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news
This report describes the methods and results of the 2018 prioritization review.
Source: Antiviral Therapy - Category: Virology Source Type: research
Abstract Evaluation of people returning from trips abroad with fever is an important skill for all general physicians given the increasing trend in foreign travel. This evaluation should comprise a detailed travel history, thorough clinical examination, appropriate initial tests and a knowledge of when to ask for further advice. An understanding of the incubation periods of common imported infections and a syndromic approach to patients' symptoms is helpful in order to narrow down the likely diagnosis. The need to implement relevant infection control precautions has been highlighted by the recent Middle East respi...
Source: British Journal of Hospital Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Br J Hosp Med (Lond) Source Type: research
This report describes the methods and results of the 2018 prioritization review. PMID: 30261226 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Antiviral Research - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Antiviral Res Source Type: research
In this study, an arch-shaped amplification containing primer sequences was designed to rapidly amplify multiple targets. Further, the sensing platform allowed for sensitive and specific detection of human coronavirus, Middle East respiratory syndrome, Zika virus, and Ebola virus down to several copies. This platform also simultaneously distinguished between Middle East respiratory syndrome and human coronavirus in clinical specimens within 20 min. This arch-shaped multiple-target sensing assay can provide rapid, sensitive, and accurate diagnoses of emerging infectious diseases in clinical applications.
Source: Biosensors and Bioelectronics - Category: Biotechnology Source Type: research
Background: Cross-border threats increase globally every day. Infectious diseases (Ebola, Zyka, MERS-CoV) but also chemical or other hazards showed recently that global efforts are needed for early detect, control and prevent of public health threats all over the world. Intercountry collaboration is crucial for a better response. MediPIET - an EU-funded project - is a Regional Field Epidemiology Training Programme (RFETP) involving 18 countries from 3 WHO Regions.
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Type: Oral Presentation Source Type: research
Background: Persistent vascular leakage is a cardinal feature of major and severe infections, such as influenza and associated bacterial superinfections. These infections kill millions of individuals yearly, most commonly from complications affecting the vasculature such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and pulmonary edema. Newly emerged and re-emerging infections that threaten public health globally, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Ebola fever, also involve vascular leakage as an important factor of morbidity and mortality.
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: UMP. 012 Source Type: research
Ebola. MERS. Zika. Nipah virus. Lassa fever. Rift Valley fever. All were in active outbreaks in June.
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news
Vincent visits the Smithsonian Institution and speaks with Sabrina Sholts, Jon Epstein, and Ed Niles about the exhibit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&amp;lt;span […]
Source: virology blog - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: This Week in Virology ebola virus epidemic influenza virus MERS National Museum of Natural History Nipah virus One Health outbreak SARS smallpox virus Smithsonian spillover viral viruses zoonosis zoonotic Source Type: blogs
In the wake of the recent Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, a reevaluation of the ways plague spreads through prairie dog colonies in the western United States has yielded insights that could help explain outbreaks of plague, Ebola, and other diseases that can be transmitted by animals to humans. These include West Nile Virus disease and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). The study, led by Dan Salkeld and Mike Antolin of Colorado State University and described in the journal BioScience, suggests that even deadly diseases may persist unnoticed in a population for years as smoldering infections, rather than jump fro...
Source: BioScience Press Releases - Category: Biology Source Type: news
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