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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MERS-CoV particles as seen by negative stain electron microscopy. Virions contain characteristic club-like projections emanating from the viral membrane. (CDC PHIL)

MERS CoV: Can it spread from camels to man?

The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) is a novel single stranded RNA virus that has been doing the rounds in the Middle East, bits of Europe and North America. Given our experiences the last time we had a new respiratory virus (remember the pandemic?), things have moved rather fast this time once the MERS CoV had been identified. Human-to-human transmission has been noted … Continue reading MERS CoV: Can it spread from camels to man?

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