Technical Note: Clarification on the Possible Cross Reactivity in Serological Tests for IgM-measles and IgM-Zika virus
Source: World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Published: 7/30/2018. This two-page document discusses false-positive results due to cross-reactions that have been documented between measles IgM antibodies and human parvovirus (B19), rubella, and herpes virus. However, no cross-reactivity has been described between species of the Flaviviridaefamily (Zika, dengue, etc.) with those of the Paramyxoviridae family (measles). (PDF)
Common infectious agents, such as Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) and several human herpes viruses, have been linked to increased risk of self-harm. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between self-harm and seropositivity to T. gondii, ...
[Unicef] The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s battered healthcare system needs urgent support as it struggles with measles and cholera epidemics that kill thousands of children, as well as the mounting threat from the coronavirus, COVID-19, says UNICEF.
Paul Stoffels, J&J ’s Chief Scientific Officer, has given delegates at eyeforpharma’s Barcelona Virtual conference exclusive insights into its rapid progress in the search for a vaccine to the COVID-19 virus. Speaking to Reuters News on day two of the five-day conference, Stoffels said J&J ’s potential vaccine, which has just been chosen as a lead candidate to help tackle the pandemic, could be ready for clinical trials as soon as early September with evidence of its safety and efficacy expected by the end of the year. This means that the first vaccinations could be given in the firs...
By infecting glioblastoma cells but not healthy brain tissue, some form of the virus could serve a therapeutic purpose.
Herpes zoster (HZ) results from reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) presenting as a dermatomal rash. Diminished cellular immunity to VZV increases HZ risk and incidence in solid organ transplant (SOT) is higher than the general population. Immunogenicity and safety of the inactivated varicella vaccine (RZV, Shingrix) has been demonstrated in renal transplant (KT) but data in heart transplant (HT) are lacking.
Herpes zoster, otherwise known as shingles, can be a devastating complication after heart transplantation due to persistent and severe herpetic neuralgia. Our heart transplant patients are recommended to have the shingles vaccine prior to heart transplantation, but this is not always achieved. We sought to assess whether the shingles vaccine did indeed prevent clinical shingles development after heart transplantation.
Conclusion: Levels of alcohol misuse were high among young people in fishing communities and associated with HSV2, a proxy for risky sexual behaviour. Alcohol and illicit drug harm reduction services and HIV prevention programs in Uganda should prioritise young fisherfolk.
The looming threat of the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 is just the latest challenge to the beleaguered health care system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is struggling with deadly measles and cholera epidemics that have killed thousands of children over the past year, the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.
When Vanessa is asked to clean up after patients who have the seasonal flu or measles or MRSA in the Pennsylvania hospital where she works in environmental services, she knows what to do. She knows how to disinfect surfaces, what needs to be thrown away and what she should wear to protect herself. But when she’s asked to clean rooms occupied by COVID-19 patients, she’s flying blind. “It’s kind of terrifying,” says Vanessa, who TIME is identifying by first name only for professional protection. Her supervisors told her to clean the rooms just as she would for a flu patient, but she says she&rsq...
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