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Ebola virus now squeezed into ‘corner’ of DR Congo: WHO

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made “significant progress”, with the virus now contained to a far smaller and mainly rural area, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday. “We have put the virus in the corner,” Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s […]

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Michigan will spray in fight against deadly mosquito virus

Michigan and local health departments will conduct aerial spraying for the first time since 1980 to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus that has killed three people and been recorded across the southern half of the state. The aerial spraying is set to begin Sunday and will include 14 counties where eastern equine encephalitis has been […]

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Experimental herpes jab prevented the spread of the virus

Hope for a herpes vaccine after a trial of an experimental jab prevented sores and blistering in rodents that were infected with the virus The experimental vaccine prevented animals from developing blisters   Scientists said the findings were ‘better than anything’ they’ve ever seen The researchers hope it will one day be given to teenagers at […]

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Researchers describe a key protein for Epstein-Barr virus infection

Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC) have published a study in the journal Nature Communications revealing the structure of a key protein, known as a portal, in Epstein-Barr virus infection. The Epstein-Barr virus, which belongs to the herpesvirus family, is one of the […]

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Insecticide resistance genes affect vector competence for West Nile virus

Overuse of insecticides, which leads to the selection of resistant mosquitoes, affects interactions between mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit. Researchers from the Institut Pasteur (Paris) and its partners have now shown that mechanisms of insecticide resistance, observed in Culex quinquefasciatus vector, impact the transmission of West Nile virus. In recent decades, arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) […]

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Scientists discover Ebola virus in West African bat

The government of Liberia, in partnership with the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and EcoHealth Alliance, announced the discovery of Ebola virus in a bat in Liberia. This is the first finding of Zaire ebolavirus in a bat in West Africa, adding to other evidence […]

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New dual-action cancer-killing virus

Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system. It is the first time that cancer-associated fibroblasts within solid tumours – healthy cells that are tricked into protecting the cancer from the […]