Aerosol Transmission of CCHF Virus in a Nosocomial Cluster

This has got to be scary stuff right there. In a paper published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, authors contend that it is possible that eight healthcare workers were infected by the CCHF virus while engaged in patient care, and not all of them were in contact with the blood or bodily fluids of the patient; they were, however, exposed to aerosol generating … Continue reading Aerosol Transmission of CCHF Virus in a Nosocomial Cluster

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Ticks (DIaria UNO)

Bourbon Virus: A Novel Tick Borne Virus Discovered After Kansas Fatality

In the summer of 2014, a resident of Kansas succumbed to what was thought to be a disease similar to a tick borne disease though the laboratory investigations failed to turn up any evidence for Ehrlichiosis or other similar diseases, including the recently discovered Heartland virus. This disease has now been diagnosed to have been caused by a novel orthomyxovirus, which has been named the … Continue reading Bourbon Virus: A Novel Tick Borne Virus Discovered After Kansas Fatality

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Amazona farinosa (Credits: snowmanradio on Flickr)

Novel Psittacine Adenovirus Responsible for Potentiating Zoonotic Psittacosis Outbreak: Emerging Co-Infections

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? Continue reading Novel Psittacine Adenovirus Responsible for Potentiating Zoonotic Psittacosis Outbreak: Emerging Co-Infections

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Diarrhea Pig Flying West (Matt Billman on DeviantArt)

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Hawaii: An Epidemiological Puzzle

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) first struck the US coasts in April 2013, leaving public health and veterinary doctors puzzled because they could not figure out how it arrived across the ocean despite stringent measures on animal import. This virus has now made its way across to Oahu, the most populous island of Hawaii. The real question remains the same: how did it get there? … Continue reading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Hawaii: An Epidemiological Puzzle

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Culiset melanura (Photograph by C. Roxanne Connelly, University of Florida.)

Winter Cuts Short Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New York

The Onondaga county of New York reported the second human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in September this year. EEE is caused by a virus belonging to the genus Alphavirus, of the family Togaviridae. It has been especially active this year in US, causing a number of equine cases as well as human cases (as evinced here). The virus is spread by the Culiseta melanoma mosquito, which is … Continue reading Winter Cuts Short Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New York

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500 Sea Lion Carcasses Wash up on Peruvian Beaches

Last January, animal lovers the world over were shocked to learn that over 400 dolphin carcasses had washed ashore in Peru. There was extensive news coverage, mainly because this was reminiscent of another massive die-off a couple of years ago. In 2012, eventually, amidst somewhat questionable situations, it seems to have been declared that the die off was due to natural reasons and there were no … Continue reading 500 Sea Lion Carcasses Wash up on Peruvian Beaches

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