A novel adenovirus potentiates the species jump of Chlamydophila psittaci from birds to man, causing atypical pneumonia (psittacosis). Viruses, in addition to jumping the species barrier themselves, now are helping other bacteria to do the same: is this the beginning of the age of microbes?
The WHO has come out with a message regarding the potential of sexual transmission of the Ebola Virus. In its statement, titled: "Ebola virus in semen of men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease", the WHO has categorically stated that though sexual transmission has not been noted, certain precautions need to be adopted by … Continue reading Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?
While the whole world has been in panic mode about the "Ebola Crisis" that has been evolving in western Africa in the past few months, a new problem has started to raise its head now. As we seem to have achieved some sort of control over the epidemic of panic and ebola, the media has dished … Continue reading The Plague Hits Madagascar: In the shadows of the Ebola crisis
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are in the midst of an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. The numbers that have been provided by the respective ministries of health and sanitation and the World Health Organization, which has been summarized in a CDC factsheet show frightening trends. Before proceeding further, let us take a look at … Continue reading Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone