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Controversy erupts over plan to let Pentagon use unapproved drugs on battlefield
Should the Pentagon be allowed to authorize the use of unapproved drugs and medical devices on an emergency basis for combat soldiers? That question has sparked a furious battle this week among some of Washington's biggest power players, with the Defense Department and its congressional advocates on one side and the Food and Drug Administration and the […]Related:Genetically modified skin grown from stem cells saved a 7-year-old boy’s lifeNew evidence of brain damage from West Nile virus, scientists sayShe signed up to be a surrogate mother — and unwittingly gave away her own child (Source: Was...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Controversy erupts over plan to let Pentagon authorize unapproved drugs for battlefield use
Should the Pentagon be allowed to authorize the use of unapproved drugs and medical devices on an emergency basis for combat soldiers? That question has sparked a furious battle this week among some of Washington's biggest power players, with the Defense Department and its congressional advocates on one side and the Food and Drug Administration and the […]Related:Genetically modified skin grown from stem cells saved a 7-year-old boy’s lifeNew evidence of brain damage from West Nile virus, scientists sayShe signed up to be a surrogate mother — and unwittingly gave away her own child (Source: Was...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chuck Norris claims his wife was poisoned during MRI scans, sues for $10 million
Actor and martial artist Chuck Norris is suing several health-care companies, claiming his wife was poisoned by a chemical used during magnetic resonance imaging scans. In a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco Superior Court, Chuck and Gena Norris argued that gadolinium, a metal used as a contrast agent in MRI scans, caused Gena to sustain gadolinium deposition disease, experiencing “multiple, […]Related:Genetically modified skin grown from stem cells saved a 7-year-old boy’s lifeNew evidence of brain damage from West Nile virus, scientists sayShe signed up to be a...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

West Nile's Long-Term Bite: Impact on Brain May Last Years
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: West Nile Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New evidence of brain damage from West Nile virus, scientists say
Experts who work on the mosquito-borne West Nile virus have long known that it can cause serious neurological symptoms, such as memory problems and tremors, when it invades the brain and spinal cord. Now researchers have found physical evidence of brain damage in patients years after their original infection, the first time for such documentation using […]Related:She signed up to be a surrogate mother — and unwittingly gave away her own childNanny cam captures nurse appearing to shove and ignore a child with special needsWhite House opioid commission calls for wide-ranging changes to anti-drug policies (S...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain MRI shows long-term adverse effects of West Nile virus
MR images of people who develop neurological complications from West Nile virus...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI finds something fishy in outbreak of brain infections French researchers describe Zika on MRI scans NEJM: MRI links brain swelling and cerebral malaria deaths FDG-PET, scintigraphy offer a break in fever of unknown origin (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 7, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

West Nile's Long-Term Bite: Impact on Brain May Last Years
TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 -- Some people with a history of West Nile virus may show symptoms such as muscle weakness or foggy memory years later, a preliminary study suggests. West Nile is a mosquito-transmitted infection that turned up in North... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 7, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

MRIs of West Nile virus victims -- even symptom-free -- show evidence of long-term neurological damage
(Burness) Brain images of people who developed neurological complications from West Nile virus found that many of them -- including those who had experienced mild symptoms or none all -- showed evidence of brain damage years after the original infection, according to a new study presented today at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

L.A. County death toll from West Nile virus climbs to 17
At least 222 people in L.A. County have fallen sick with West Nile virus this year, the majority of whom have ended up in the hospital. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

‘Governments must fund health systems to combat climate change’
World Medical Association issues policy at annual assembly Related items fromOnMedica Climate change poses major threat to health Global hunger on the rise, warns WHO World Medical Association celebrates 70th anniversary Global warming could raise diabetes prevalence Dengue fever and West Nile virus threat to the UK (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health officials watching mosquitoes in Texas after Harvey
Health officials in Texas will be on watch in coming weeks for any increases in mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile virus and Zika after Harvey's heavy rains and flooding brought water that filled ponds and crept into trash and debris (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

US Olympians at the 2016 Rio Games were infected with West Nile virus, not Zika
(University of Utah Health) US Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. Results from the University of Utah Health-led study will be reported on Oct. 7 at IDWeek, a national infectious disease conference being held in San Diego. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Nile Virus Outbreak in Houston and Harris County, Texas West Nile Virus Outbreak in Houston and Harris County, Texas
This report provides insight into the epidemiology of the largest West Nile virus outbreak to occur in Texas.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Death toll from West Nile climbs to 7 in L.A. County, officials say
Los Angeles County health officials warned residents Monday to protect themselves against the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus, as the number of people killed by the disease in L.A. County this year reached seven.The department launched a campaign Monday called “It’s Not Just A Bite” to... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

West Nile virus reaching a peak: 'Everybody needs to be concerned'
Julie Shepherd ended up in the hospital earlier this month after her neighbor found her on the floor of her West Covina home, unable to move.Shepherd, 84, was paralyzed and had lost the ability to speak. Doctors diagnosed her illness as West Nile virus.Humans contract the virus through a mosquito... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

West Nile virus has killed 8 Californians this year. In parts of L.A. County, the risk is especially high
Julie Shepherd ended up in the hospital earlier this month after her neighbor found her on the floor of her West Covina home, unable to move.Shepherd, 84, was paralyzed and had lost the ability to speak. Doctors diagnosed her illness as West Nile virus.Humans contract the virus through a mosquito... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Zika virus may be useful in treating brain tumours
Conclusion This is an interesting piece of research that shows how knowledge in one field of medicine can sometimes be applied to another field with surprising results. But it's important to be realistic about the stage of research. This is very much a "proof of concept" study, and tests on cells, tissues and mice don't necessarily translate into a safe and effective treatment for humans. The study has several limitations, but the fact the treatment so far hasn't been tested on humans is the most important. For one thing, Zika virus doesn't naturally infect mice, so researchers had to use a specially engineered v...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

3 Californians have died of West Nile virus this summer, officials say
California health officials said Friday that three people have died of West Nile virus this summer, marking the first deaths in what could be a particularly dangerous season for the disease.The three people lived in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Kern counties, according to health officials.... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Man in a coma after heart attack caused by West Nile virus
Danny Duncan, from Indiana, has been in a coma for 19 days after contracting the virus. A woman in Pittsburgh was also hospitalized with the virus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Conditions creating 'perfect storm' for West Nile outbreak in Ontario, says expert
A team from Brock University is predicting an outbreak of the West Nile virus that could hit more than 300 human cases in the next two weeks. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Windsor Source Type: news

First Human Cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 Reported in Wisconsin
State and local health officials are advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites as they announce this year ’s first confirmed human cases ofWest Nile virus(WNV) in residents of Oconto and Fond du Lac Counties. The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September. However, the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses is present anytime mosquitoes are active, so...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 21, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: Interpreting CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR Assay Test Results
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 08/11/2017 This five-page document provides information about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s issuing of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to authorize the use of the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay for the in vitro qualitative detection of Zika virus with specified instruments. This assay tests for Zika virus, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus RNA in human serum. The assay also tests for Zika virus in urine, collected alongside a patient-matched serum specimen. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Can previous exposure to west Nile alter the course of Zika?
(Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso) West Nile virus is no stranger to the US-Mexico border; thousands of people in the region have contracted the mosquito-borne virus in the past. But could this previous exposure affect how intensely Zika sickens someone now? (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA approves emergency use for multiplex Zika test
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) The Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR Test, the first multiplex assay that simultaneously tests for the presence of Zika virus, all serotypes of dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus, as well as a host gene that ensures the accuracy of results. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitos in New Hampshire West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitos in New Hampshire
The first detections of West Nile virus in New Hampshire for 2017 have occurred in two mosquito batches from Manchester. The state department of health advises on when to suspect and how to report cases.State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None News Source Type: news

Public health experts tackle invasive mosquito
Eggs and larvae of the Asian tiger mosquito found in South East England Related items fromOnMedica 12-fold increase in chikungunya virus Dengue fever and West Nile virus threat to the UK New target in war against mosquito-borne diseases Proneness to mosquito bites could be partly genetic (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Technologies for Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 07/14/2017 This six-page guidance document is designed for state and territorial health agencies that are interested in surveillance tools to build or expand their surveillance activities for vector-borne diseases, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria. It identifies vector-borne disease surveillance technologies that public health agencies can use to monitor and mitigate mosquito-related outbreaks; and outlines the integrated prevention, response, and mitigation activities that comprise a surveillance workflow that public health...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Mosquito Season Could Be Worse Than Usual In Northeast
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A wetter-than-normal spring in the Northeast is producing a bumper crop of mosquitoes, leading to worries of a corresponding spike in mosquito-borne illnesses this summer. The heavy rain that erased last summer’s drought has put public health officials on alert as summer begins to unfold. “Anecdotally, everybody is telling me that they’re being eaten alive by mosquitoes,” said Sara Robinson, an epidemiologist for the Maine Center for Disease Control. Mosquitoes (WBZ-TV) But, she hastened to add, it’s too early to say whether there will be an increase in West Nile v...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Local News Mosquitoes Source Type: news

Health departments detect mosquitoes with West Nile virus  
New York, Illinois, Texas and California reported they have West Nile virus infected mosquitoes. There were 2,000 cases of the virus reported to the CDC last year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: The High-Tech Device That ’ s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes
New traps that use infrared beams to identify insects are helping researchers capture more of the disease-carrying insects they need. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Mosquitoes West Nile Virus Zika Virus Source Type: news

Mosquito-borne Diseases in New Hampshire 2017 Mosquito-borne Diseases in New Hampshire 2017
Mosquito-borne diseases transmitted in New Hampshire include West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis virus, both transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None News Source Type: news

L.A. County reports 2017's first case of West Nile virus
A San Gabriel Valley resident was hospitalized with West Nile virus in what health officials say is the first case in Los Angeles County this year.The patient ended up in the hospital in March and has since recovered, officials announced this week.West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes,... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Wisconsin Birds Test Positive For West Nile Virus
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 12 birds found in eight counties in the state have tested positive forWest Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. “The positive birds mean that Wisconsin residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Karen McKeown, Wisconsin State Health Officer of the DHS Division of Public Health, said. West Nile...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 15, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Scientists reveal mechanism behind mosquito-borne-disease 'blocker' used to fight viruses
(Indiana University) A new study from Indiana University may explain how a bacterium called Wolbachia prevents mosquitoes from transmitting deadly diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COBAS TaqScreen West Nile Virus Test
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Source: What's New at CBER - June 5, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

Procleix West Nile Virus (WNV) Assay
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Source: What's New at CBER - June 5, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

Brain fights West Nile Virus in unexpected way
A biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls up the body's defenses. Neurons might be protected by this otherwise self-demise mechanism because they are non-renewable and too important to kill off. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 18, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Brain fights West Nile Virus in unexpected way
(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) A biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls up the body's defenses. Neurons might be protected by this otherwise self-demise mechanism because they are non-renewable and too important to kill off. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that i...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Walsh Tags: Uncategorized CDC Disease ebola Gates Foundation MERS outbreak pandemic Zika Source Type: news

WNV in Donated Blood Correlated With Neuroinvasive Disease WNV in Donated Blood Correlated With Neuroinvasive Disease
The correlation between West Nile virus-positive blood donations and neuroinvasive disease cases could have important implications for blood donor screening.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

[Report] Enhancement of Zika virus pathogenesis by preexisting antiflavivirus immunity
Zika virus (ZIKV) is spreading rapidly into regions around the world where other flaviviruses, such as dengue virus (DENV) and West Nile virus (WNV), are endemic. Antibody-dependent enhancement has been implicated in more severe forms of flavivirus disease, but whether this also applies to ZIKV infection is unclear. Using convalescent plasma from DENV- and WNV-infected individuals, we found substantial enhancement of ZIKV infection in vitro that was mediated through immunoglobulin G engagement of Fcγ receptors. Administration of DENV- or WNV-convalescent plasma into ZIKV-susceptible mice resulted in increased morbidi...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Susana V. Bardina Source Type: news

Enhancement of Zika virus pathogenesis by preexisting antiflavivirus immunity
Zika virus (ZIKV) is spreading rapidly into regions around the world where other flaviviruses, such as dengue virus (DENV) and West Nile virus (WNV), are endemic. Antibody-dependent enhancement has been implicated in more severe forms of flavivirus disease, but whether this also applies to ZIKV infection is unclear. Using convalescent plasma from DENV- and WNV-infected individuals, we found substantial enhancement of ZIKV infection in vitro that was mediated through immunoglobulin G engagement of Fc receptors. Administration of DENV- or WNV-convalescent plasma into ZIKV-susceptible mice resulted in increased morbidity&mdas...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Bardina, S. V., Bunduc, P., Tripathi, S., Duehr, J., Frere, J. J., Brown, J. A., Nachbagauer, R., Foster, G. A., Krysztof, D., Tortorella, D., Stramer, S. L., Garcia-Sastre, A., Krammer, F., Lim, J. K. Tags: Medicine, Diseases reports Source Type: news

Previous exposure to flaviviruses increases effects of Zika
Prior infection with dengue or West Nile virus can enhance the effects of Zika infection, a new study using human samples tested in mice finds. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 30, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

There's A Reason Zika Virus Became A Pandemic In 2015
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In first, scientists forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks
Scientists, for the first time, are reporting a method to accurately predict the timing and intensity of West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreaks. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

In first, scientists forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health are the first to report a method to accurately predict the timing and intensity of West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreaks. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Nile Virus Infection Symptoms
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - February 22, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Drought May Beckon Bigger West Nile Outbreaks
Dry environment might alter how easily mosquito-borne virus is transmitted, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: West Nile Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drought May Beckon Bigger West Nile Outbreaks
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 -- A parched climate might be the perfect environment for spreading West Nile virus, a new study suggests. Researchers examined 15 years of data on West Nile virus infections in people across the United States and found that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 8, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

West Nile Virus and Other Arboviral Diseases--US, 2015 West Nile Virus and Other Arboviral Diseases--US, 2015
This report reveals that West Nile virus remains the leading cause of domestically acquired arboviral disease, but several other arboviruses are responsible for sporadic cases and disease outbreaks.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news