WHO: Need to Seize'Window of Opportunity' to Contain Coronavirus WHO: Need to Seize'Window of Opportunity' to Contain Coronavirus
The WHO's director-general said medical facilities in Wuhan have regained the capability of checking COVID-19 cases with lab tests, detailing a"signficant decline in newly reported cases" in China.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Branson unveils first cruise ship as he shrugs off coronavirus fears
Virgin Voyages line poised to set sail as founder downplays threat of virus to new ventureSir Richard Branson has launched his first cruise ship and brushed off concerns that the coronavirus outbreak will dissuade younger holidaymakers from embracing his latest venture.Despite the unfortunate timing– with passengers on one ship quarantined in Japan after hundreds caught the virus, and another turned away by five countries over fears someone on board may be ill – Branson said at the launch of Scarlet Lady that he saw cruises as a growth area.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Joanna Partridge Tags: Travel & leisure Richard Branson Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news Virgin Group Business Source Type: news

NHS to test Londoners for coronavirus at home
Fresh approach to detecting Covid-19 aims to limit spread of infection across capitalThe NHS has started testing people for coronavirus in their own homes in London. Thenew approach will be expanded to other areas outside the capital in the coming weeks.The World Health Organization is recommending that people take simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus, for which there is no specific cure or vaccine.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: PA Media Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science London World news NHS Health Society UK news Source Type: news

16 Cruise Ship Evacuees Being Moved to US Hospitals 16 Cruise Ship Evacuees Being Moved to US Hospitals
Eleven Americans who were brought to the U.S. from a quarantined cruise ship have been moved to hospitals, because delayed Japanese test results showed they had the new coronavirus, officials said Thursday.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Borno Vaccinates 2.1 Million Children Against Polio
[Premium Times] Borno State Government on Friday said it has vaccinated more than 2.1 million children against polio in the just concluded Immunisation Plus Day exercise in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?
What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley, Hannah Devlin and Martin Belam Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Microbiology Asia Pacific China Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africa's Next Generation Powerhouse Aids Activist
[Daily Maverick] The Treatment Action Campaign's Vuyokazi 'Vovo' Gonyela sat down with Maverick Citizen to discuss how she got into the world of health activism, her outlook on civil society and what it takes to be an activist. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Dutch Experts Descend On Cyclone Idai-Ravaged Areas
[Zimbabwe Independent] Ten companies from the Netherlands have committed to offering financial and technical assistance to rehabilitating Chimanimani district following the damage caused by tropical cyclone Idai last year. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Women Living With HIV Twice as Many As Men - Survey
[East African] About 1.3 million adults in Kenya are living with HIV/Aids, an estimated 4.9 percent of those aged between 15 to 64 years old, according to a new survey. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Diamond Princess repatriation flight to UK is delayed
More than 70 British nationals are now due to leave cruise ship in Japan on Friday nightThe repatriation flight due to bring home dozens of Britons who have been trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan has been delayed.More than 70 British nationals who have been quarantined onboard the Diamond Princess were due to fly home on Friday but will now leave the cruise ship on Friday night, and the flight will depart in the early hours of Saturday, local time.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: PA Media Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Japan Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Kenya: Bomet Battles Malaria Outbreak
[Nation] A malaria outbreak has left over 130 people seeking treatment in Bomet County in the last four days, according to local health officials. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Despite burdens most pediatricians very supportive of national vaccination program
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Despite bureaucratic hurdles, the vast majority of pediatricians want to keep participating in a national program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children who are on Medicaid, uninsured, or who are American Indian/Alaska Native, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ethnobotanical medicine is effective against the bacterium causing Lyme disease
(Frontiers) A preclinical in vitro study shows that selected plant-based herbal medicines, especially Ghanaian quinine and Japanese knotweed, work better than antibiotics against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. These findings represent an important step towards the development of treatments that might be better tolerated and more effective than the current standard of care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Severe Infection Tied to Substance-Induced Psychosis Severe Infection Tied to Substance-Induced Psychosis
Severe infection is linked to an increased risk of substance-induced psychosis. However, hepatitis is the most strongly linked and the only infection tied to schizophrenia conversion.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Yellow fever – Uganda
From 4 November through 14 February 2020, eight laboratory confirmed cases of yellow fever in Buliisa (3), Maracha (1) and Moyo (4); including four deaths (CFR 50%), were detected through the national surveillance system. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Silent COVID-19 Cases May Stymie Screening Efforts Silent COVID-19 Cases May Stymie Screening Efforts
Researchers tested 126 people who recently traveled to China."Our findings demonstrate that screening for signs& symptoms of infection, including the temperature, might not be sufficient," said one.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Travel restrictions have varied efficacy at containing disease outbreaks
As many as 30 countries have instituted some form of travel restriction in response to the new coronavirus, COVID-19, WHO officials said, in spite of limited scientific evidence they contain infectious diseases. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Good This Season, CDC Says Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Good This Season, CDC Says
Preliminary estimates show influenza vaccine effectiveness for 2019-2020 was 55% in children and 45% overall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Here ’s How Effective the CDC Says the Flu Vaccine Has Been for Kids This Season
(NEW YORK) — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working OK. The vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor’s office, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health experts consider that pretty good. The vaccines are made each year to protect against three or four different kinds of flu virus. The ingredients are based on predictions of what strains will make people sick the following winter. It doesn’t always work out. This flu season has featured two waves, ea...
Source: TIME: Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized influenza onetime Source Type: news

Doctors look to HIV and Ebola drugs for coronavirus cure
Early results of trials on Covid-19 patients expected in MarchDoctors are likely to know within two to three weeks whether drugs being used to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus are working, according to the World Health Organization.The timetable for early results from two trials taking place in China is short but feasible because of the large concentration of sick people at the centre of the outbreak in Hubei province. That allows a significant number of people of similar ages, fitness and stage of illness to be compared.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Medical research Drugs Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Microbiology Science World news Ebola Aids and HIV Society China Asia Pacific Source Type: news

Coronavirus: cruise ship accounts for more than half of cases outside China – as it happened
WHO issues latest briefing; South Korean city sees surge in cases; and two Japanese passengers from stricken Diamond Princess ship dieSouth Korean city on high alert as cases soar at ‘cult’ churchExperts fear false rumours could harm China cooperation on virusBritons stuck on cruise ship to be flown homeShare your experiences3.52pmGMTThe World Health Organization is coordinating with the African Union to prepare the continent ’s countries for potential arrivals of people infected with coronavirus.Last week, the first case of coronavirus in Africa was confirmed when a case emerged in Egypt."We ’...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Martin Belam , Ben Quinn and Alison Rourke Tags: Coronavirus outbreak China Japan Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Coronavirus: cruise ship accounts for more than half of cases outside China – latest news
WHO issues latest briefing; South Korean city sees surge in cases; and two Japanese passengers from stricken Diamond Princess ship dieSouth Korean city on high alert as cases soar at ‘cult’ churchExperts fear false rumours could harm China cooperation on virusBritons stuck on cruise ship to be flown homeShare your experiences3.52pmGMTThe World Health Organization is coordinating with the African Union to prepare the continent ’s countries for potential arrivals of people infected with coronavirus.Last week, the first case of coronavirus in Africa was confirmed when a case emerged in Egypt."We ’...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Martin Belam (now) and Ben Quinn and Alison Rourke (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak China Japan Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Russian Blogger's HIV Documentary Reaches Millions, Draws Kremlin Praise Russian Blogger's HIV Documentary Reaches Millions, Draws Kremlin Praise
A hard-hitting YouTube documentary about Russia's HIV epidemic by a popular blogger has attracted more than 13 million views in a week and even drawn praise from the Kremlin.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Helping those affected by the coronavirus
America ’s biopharmaceutical companies are committed to developing solutions to help diagnose and treat those with COVID-19, a novel strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. In addition to applying theirscientific expertise to find ways to diagnose, treat and prevent infections from the virus, the biopharmaceutical industry is providing financial support and in-kind donations to organizations and collaborating with U.S., Chinese and global health authorities to combat this global public health emergency. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - February 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Empirical Anti-MRSA vs Standard Antibiotic Therapy and Risk of 30-Day Mortality in Patients Hospitalized for Pneumonia
US-based cohort study of 88,605 hospitalisations for pneumonia did not find a mortality benefit for treatment with empirical anti –methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) therapy vs standard antibiotics for any group of patients examined, even those with risk factors for MRSA. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China's coronavirus outbreak leaves foreign nationals in limbo
Travel restrictions leave many stranded, while those with flights booked await refundsCoronavirus – latest newsForeign nationals who live in China or planned to visit say they have been left in limbo as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with many unsure of when they can return to work or get a refund for their trip.Those who live and work in the country said travel restrictions had left them stranded and unable to return home, while people planning to visit the country could lose hundreds of pounds.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Aamna Mohdin and Laith Al-Khalaf Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news China Asia Pacific Consumer affairs Airline industry Business Money Consumer rights Source Type: news

Africa: We Can Make Our World Better – Mark Suzman of Gates Foundation
[allAfrica] Cape Town -AllAfrica's Juanita Williams talked with Mark Suzman, the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest philanthropy. He assumed the position this month. In this second part of the interview, he discussed how his early career as a journalist in his native South Africa influences his perspectives; about the possibilities of eliminating malaria and reducing HIV, TB and other diseases; addressing hunger and undernutrition amid the climate crisis; and the biggest challenges he faces. Part 2 (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?
What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley, Hannah Devlin and Martin Belam Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Microbiology Asia Pacific China Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Cruise Passenger Whose Coronavirus Infection Went Undetected Shows It May Not Be Possible to Stop the Outbreak From Spreading
Just the rumor that there could be coronavirus aboard the Westerdam led five ports to deny the luxury cruise ship entry earlier this month. When Cambodia finally agreed to let the vessel dock at Sihanoukville on Feb. 13, the Holland America cruise line and public health officials took precautions to determine if anyone on board was infected with the deadly disease. The ship had already been at sea for 12 days, toward the end of what experts believe to be the incubation period for the COVID-19 virus, and no one aboard had been to China in the previous two weeks. All passengers and crew had their temperatures taken. Upon dis...
Source: TIME: Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime overnight Travel Source Type: news

China lab says conspiracy theories hurting efforts to curb virus
An outbreak of disinformation in China and elsewhere has hurt global efforts to combat the new coronavirus, said a specialist infectious disease lab located at the epicenter of the epidemic -- and at the heart of a number of conspiracy theories. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

I work at a walk-in health centre. The coronavirus super-worriers are a problem | Anonymous
A public information campaign is urgently needed to tell people that all bar the very ill should access help from homeEveryone in my walk-in centre is getting a bit twitchy.Coronavirus is spreading, and we are waiting for our first case to arrive after the initial ones became known outside of China, in Singapore and Macau. After January 27, some of the receptionists – understandably nervous about getting infected themselves – begin to flag anyone travelling from a country where there has been a case.A couple come in who had already spoken to 111 because they were afraid after having travelled to such a country....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Anonymous Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases Health Source Type: news

Experts fear false rumours could harm Chinese cooperation on coronavirus
World-leading specialists offer support to Chinese scientists amid ‘crackpot’ theories that virus was manufactured in a labCoronavirus – latest newsWorld-leading experts on the novel coronavirus have signed a statement of support for their Chinese colleagues, who are being attacked on social media and even threatened with violence as false rumours circulate about its origins.There is a real risk that the open and transparent relationship between the Chinese scientists and their western counterparts will come to an abrupt end, impeding the sharing of data and the hunt for treatments and vaccines against Co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Microbiology Medical research Science World news Pharmacy and pharmacology Source Type: news

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Tied to Skin Cancer Risk Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Tied to Skin Cancer Risk
Skin cancer risk may vary according to sexual orientation and gender identity, two new studies suggest.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Study shows UV technology raises the standard in disinfecting ORs and medical equipment
(Northwell Health) Ultraviolet (UV) technology developed by the New York-based firm PurpleSun Inc. eliminates more than 96 percent of pathogens in operating rooms (ORs) and on medical equipment, compared to 38 percent using manual cleaning methods that rely on chemicals to disinfect surfaces, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Columbia University researchers awarded $2M to identify antiviral drugs for coronavirus
(Columbia University Irving Medical Center) Four research teams at Columbia University will share a $2.1 million grant to mount an aggressive effort to identify potential antiviral drugs and antibodies for use against the new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Research team tackles superbug infections with novel therapy
(University of Cincinnati) Superbug infections kill 35,000 people in the US annually. A team of researchers has found that a treatment known as AB569 kills pseudomonas aeruginosa in humanized cells in mouse models. The treatment does not harm these humanized cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Pill-sized 'heater' could increase accessibility in diagnosing infectious disease
(University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science& Engineering) Researchers at the University of Toronto Engineering have developed a tiny 'heater' -- about the size of a pill -- that could allow resource-limited regions around the world to test for infectious diseases without the need for specialized training or costly lab equipment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Japan Plans HIV Drug Trials to Fight Coronavirus as Diamond Princess Cases Rise Japan Plans HIV Drug Trials to Fight Coronavirus as Diamond Princess Cases Rise
Japan plans to start trials of HIV medications to treat coronavirus patients as an increase in the number of cases poses a growing threat to the economy and public health, the government's top spokesman said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
During the past week, the incidence of new Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases has remained low (Figure 1). From 12 to 18 February, one new confirmed case was reported. The case was reported in Beni Health Zone, North Kivu Province and had an epidemiological link to a confirmed case reported on 5 February. As the case was alerted and transferred to an Ebola Treated Centre four days after symptom onset, there remains a risk that onward transmission to contacts may have occurred, and further cases may be expected from the currently active chain of transmission. Ebola virus may also persist in some survivors ’ body fluids f...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Lassa Fever – Nigeria
From 1 January through 9 February 2020, 472 laboratory confirmed cases including 70 deaths (case fatality ratio= 14.8%) have been reported in 26 out of 36 Nigerian states and the Federal Capital Territory. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

What can past infectious disease outbreaks teach us about the coronavirus?
The coronavirus outbreak is still spreading around the world, with Iran confirming its first two cases overnight. What can past infectious disease outbreaks teach us about the coronavirus? Chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SwRI screening tech advances coronavirus treatment efforts
Southwest Research Institute software is expanding its capacity to screen drug compounds for possible treatment of coronavirus and other infectious diseases. The rhodium virtual screening tool recently evaluated two million drug compounds in a few days to identify high-probability drugs that may be effective against the coronavirus with minimal adverse side effects according to a Wednesday news release. “We are using this proprietary molecular model ing software to help the research community… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Steven Santana Source Type: news

Influenza Activity in US Remains High, and Still Rising Influenza Activity in US Remains High, and Still Rising
Influenza activity is still high and rose again during the week ending February 8, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Poll: Americans Unaware STIs Are Common and Increasing Poll: Americans Unaware STIs Are Common and Increasing
Despite evidence showing that some STIs are occurring at an all-time high, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows American adults are unaware of STIs'prevalence and management.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?
What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and at what point should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionHow the coronavirus spread across China and the world – visual explainerIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley, Hannah Devlin and Martin Belam Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Microbiology Asia Pacific China Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Fist Bumps vs. Handshakes: How COVID-19 Does —and Doesn’t—Spread
With more than 73,000 people confirmed with COVID-19 infection as of Feb. 18, and nearly 2,000 deaths around the world, questions about how the virus spreads are becoming more urgent. Here’s what you should remember: COVID-19 spreads when the virus responsible for the disease, SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus, is transmitted by one person to another in respiratory droplets. That means the virus can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and releases these droplets into the air, where they are either inhaled by others, or can land on other people’s mouths or noses if they’re near enough—generally ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Infectious Disease Source Type: news

'Bureaucrats were in charge': Japanese doctor blasts ship quarantine
A Japanese infectious disease specialist has castigated his government's handling of quarantine on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, saying it was run by "bureaucrats" who stoked the crisis by failing to follow basic protocols. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Have the Public Health Restrictions Gone Too Far for COVID-19? Have the Public Health Restrictions Gone Too Far for COVID-19?
The total travel ban on foreign nationals is unlawful and ineffective, according to the authors of a viewpoint article on the public health response to the ongoing coronavirus disease outbreak.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Foreign Office tells Britons not to leave cruise ship struck by coronavirus
Passengers who disembark Diamond Princess may not be allowed to board evacuation flight later in week, FCO warns Coronavirus: live updatesBritish passengers stuck on the cruise ship in Japan where over 600 people have been infected with the coronavirus have have been told to stay onboard by the Foreign Office.Japanese authorities said those who had tested negative for the virus were allowed to leave on Wednesday, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warned that passengers who disembark may not be allowed to board a British evacuation flight scheduled for later this week.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science UK news Japan China Asia Pacific World news Source Type: news

Neutralizing Antibodies Against Enteroviruses in HFM Disease Neutralizing Antibodies Against Enteroviruses in HFM Disease
A better understanding of neutralizing antibody responses in hand foot and mouth disease could have important implications for vaccine development.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news