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Scientists have found a potential cure for Ebola

Science Alert 22 April 2014

Ebola and related viruses cause hemorrhagic fever and death through organ failure, and can have a mortality rate of up to 90%, among the highest of any known human disease. 40 more words

Science - General

Saudi Arabia sacks health chief as MERS outbreak surges

Saudi Arabia announced the removal of its health minister today as its count of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases surged by 17, following 20 new cases over the weekend, for a total of 37 cases and 6 deaths in 3 days. 650 more words

Epidemics

Animal study yields promising results for measles drug

Measles vaccination gaps have stalled efforts to further reduce the burden of the disease, but early results from animal tests suggest that health departments may someday have an oral drug to help knock down outbreaks. 393 more words

Epidemics

Cold comfort

I tend to get a lot of summer colds, in fact I’ve probably got one now. Today at the Society’s Annual Conference, we’ll be learning a lot more about the symptoms of the common cold and what causes them… 1,002 more words

Clinical & Medical Microbiology

Brisbane’s southside lags in vaccination take-up rates

Courier Mail Laura Chalmers 17 April 2014

WIDE discrepancies in vaccination rates are occurring across Brisbane with pockets of Brisbane’s south recording levels as low as 86 per cent, compared to 96 per cent in parts of Brisbane’s north.  17 more words

Microbiology

Is the Ebola epidemic really coming to an end?

The initial announcement of the latest outbreak of Ebola was on 25 March, in Guinea – part of West Africa, where the virus has never been known in the population, meaning that they would have been totally unprepared for such an epidemic to occur. 226 more words

Virology

New tool advances investigations of disease outbreaks

To combat disease outbreaks, public health officials often use painstaking fieldwork to try to stay one step ahead of the infectious bugs, linking patients’ symptoms to a source of infection to quickly identify the common culprit in related cases. 256 more words

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