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Infectious Diseases News
February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Contact Tracing and Targeted Insecticide Spraying Can Curb Dengue Outbreaks

Feb. 23, 2017 — Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying of insecticide can greatly reduce ... read more

Zika May Cause Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue in Babies Carried to Term

Feb. 21, 2017 — In early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta -- intended to protect the developing fetus -- and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers studying how pathogens affect fetal ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A team has found a way to identify the small population of circulating helper T cells present in the blood after an annual flu vaccine to monitor their contribution to antibody strength. A technique ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial scourge that is resistant to most common antibiotics and thus difficult to treat, particularly in children where it commonly causes ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — An immune system proteinase called granzyme A appears to promote arthritic inflammation in mice infected with chikungunya virus, scientists report. The study also suggested that granzyme A could ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that a common type of cell within the human reproductive and intestinal tracts assists HIV in infecting immune cells. Understanding how these cells aid HIV could lead to ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of West Nile and other viruses in the flavivirus family, according to a new ... read more

Complex Neurological Infections Require Team Care

Feb. 16, 2017 — A multidisciplinary approach is important for diagnosis and treatment of healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis, suggest new guidelines. These complex brain and spinal infections can be ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have discovered why a lethal superbug is so resistant to the last line antibiotic meaning potential treatments could now be developed to fight the killer ... read more

How Antibody Treatment Led to Lasting HIV-Like Virus Remission

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have found that the presence of the protein alpha-4 beta-7 integrin on the surface of HIV and its monkey equivalent -- simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV -- may help explain why an ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers is exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a protein called “hemagglutinin” ... read more

New Antibiotic from Bacteria Found on Kenyan Ant Could Help Beat MRSA

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Delivering on the promise of preventing HIV infections with antiretroviral medicines, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), requires thinking about PrEP as a nine-step continuum of preventive care, ... read more

Only a Limited HIV Subset Moves from Mother to Child, Study Shows

Feb. 15, 2017 — In the transmission of HIV-1 from mother to child only a subset of a mother’s viruses infects their infants either in utero or via breastfeeding, and the viruses that are transmitted depend on ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Approximately 98 percent of all adults are infected with the Epstein-Barr virus. In rare cases, an infection with this virus causes cancer. Scientists have now discovered that a component of the ... read more

Scientists Isolate New Antibodies to Fight Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Feb. 13, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new antiviral strategy to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children. The approach hinges on the use ... read more

Genetics of Both Virus and Patient Work Together to Influence the Course of HIV Infection

Feb. 9, 2017 — Viral and human genetics together account for about one third of the differences in disease progression rates seen among people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to new ... read more

Antibiotic Use for Travelers' Diarrhea Favors Particularly Resistant Super Bacteria

Feb. 9, 2017 — Every year, millions of travelers visit countries with poor hygiene, and approximately one third of them return home carrying antibiotic-resistant ESBL intestinal bacteria. A traveler who resorts to ... read more

How Thailand Eliminated Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Feb. 8, 2017 — Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, thanks to a pragmatic multi-sector response backed by strong political commitment and heavy government ... read more

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