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Each year, noroviruses cause over 200,000 deaths and a global economic burden of US$64 billion. A highly contagious virus that most people will contract 5 times in their lifetime, the most serious outcomes of the disease – hospitalization and death – are far more common among children and the elderly, and in low and middle income countries. 191 more words
A leading infectious cause of severe respiratory disease in infants, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), is also a major cause of respiratory illness in the elderly. Approved vaccines do not yet exist, and despite the development of partial immunity following infection during childhood, individuals remain susceptible to RSV reinfection life-long. 547 more words
Inside America’s Only Foreign Animal Disease Laboratory: Plum Island
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About the size of Central Park and a few miles off the coast of Long Island, Plum Island houses the nation’s only laboratory that is capable of conducting live research of foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious animal disease that hasn’t struck the US with an outbreak since 1929.