Digital Health And The Ebola Epidemic: How Not To Let It Go Viral

More than 1,500 deaths and 2,500 people sickened – that’s the recent account of the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) raging in the country since last August, and recently declared a public health emergency of international concern. Experts say efforts to contain the virus are hindered by biological, public health, political, and cultural issues, but we looked around what digital health technologies could do to mitigate the spread and the devastation of the infectious disease. The Spaghetti-like virus… The lethal Ebola virus first appeared in 1976 around a river in Congo – it was named after this watercourse – but its exact origins are still unclear. The tiny pathogen looks like a particular type of Spaghetti under the microscope, but its behavior is merciless and bloody. It works its ways into cells, creates countless copies of itself, and destroys the connections between tissues, causing organ failure and leaky blood vessels, essentially dismantling bodies from the inside out. In its most extreme form, the viral hemorrhagic fever leads to uncontrollable bleeding and death. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines, and non-human primates) and then spreads in the human population through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids. That...
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Source: Veterinary Microbiology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
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The TWiV pro-vaxxers reveal viruses that infect endangered wild salmon, and how iron in host serum modulates dengue virus acquisition by mosquitoes. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 569 (67 MB .mp3, 110 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Show notes at microbe.tv/twiv
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The TWiV pro-vaxxers reveal viruses that infect endangered wild salmon, and how iron in host serum modulates dengue virus acquisition by mosquitoes. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Brianne Barker Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode New viruses that infect endangered wild salmon (eLife) Host serum iron modulates dengue virus acquisition by mosquitoes (Nat Micro) Image credit Letters read on TWiV 569 Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Weekly Science Picks Brianne - Retraction of new CCR5/lifespan...
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