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Researchers develop world's most sensitive test to detect infectious disease, superbugs

(McMaster University 6 July 2015) Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world’s deadliest superbugs — C. difficile and MRSA among them — could soon be detected much earlier by a unique diagnostic test, designed to easily and quickly identify dangerous pathogens. 15 more words

Clinical Pathology

Philippines confirms second MERS case

ABC News Reuters/AFP 6 July 2015

The Philippines confirms its second case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a man who flew in from Dubai and spent time in Saudi Arabia.

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Hantaviruses are highly dependent on cell membrane cholesterol to infect humans

(American Society for Microbiology 30 June 2015) Hantaviruses use cholesterol in cell walls to gain access into cells and infect humans, according to laboratory research published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. 15 more words


Discovery points to a new path toward a universal flu vaccine

Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there’s no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives.  831 more words


Why aren’t we more scared of measles? (Alternative...

Why aren’t we more scared of measles? (Alternative version)

How do you decide whether you should be worried about communicable diseases like measles, polio, or HPV?

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Vanderbilt research could lead to vaccines and treatment for dengue virus

EurekAlert 2 July 2015

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the National University of Singapore have determined the structure of a human monoclonal antibody which, in an animal model, strongly neutralizes a type of the potentially lethal dengue virus. 67 more words


Thousands of Sydney dental patients may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis

ABC News 2 July 2015

More than 10,000 Sydney dental patients may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis because of an infection control breach at four clinics across the city. 20 more words