Genomic Features of the 2015 Elizabethkingia Outbreak
Researchers from Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, examine the genomic features of the E. anophelis strain behind the 2015-2016 Wisconsin outbreak.
Pet Monkeys Could Play A Role in Eradicating Yaws
Despite initial attempts by WHO to eradicate yaws from Asia, several island nations in Asia continue to report active cases of the disease in humans.
New Blood Test Could Help Diagnose CJD
Researchers use protein misfolding cyclic amplification to screen blood samples for abnormal prions that would indicate Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
Using Marine Pharmacology in the Fight Against Drug-Resistant Infections
Researchers from the University of Würzburg in Germany discuss the use of marine natural products to fight drug-resistant pathogens.
Examining Human-to-Human Transmission of Contact-Transmitted Zoonotic Pathogens
Researchers from Erasmus disease the key factors needed for successful human-to-human contact-transmission of zoonotic pathogens.
What Are the Key Drivers of Human-to-Human Transmission of Arthropod-Borne Pathogens?
With an increase in attention on arthropod-borne diseases this year, scientists from Erasmus discuss the key factors involved in human-to-human transmission of these pathogens.
Unique Parasite Strain Causes Atypical Leishmaniasis Cases in Brazil
Researchers have found cases of atypical cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL) in northeast Brazil are caused by distinct strains of Leishmania braziliensis.
It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish: The Last Mile in the Race Against Polio
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teamed up with Rotary International to host a live media briefing to highlight progress in the global fight against polio.
Culture-independent Diagnostic Testing to Improve Public Health Surveillance
Health leaders call for manufacturers to consider the customer when developing diagnostic tests and discuss the need to develop direct-from-specimen tests to characterize pathogens.
The Changing Landscape of Tracking Infectious Diseases
Experts in clinical diagnostics and tracking food-borne outbreaks discuss using culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) as well as how the use of CIDTs is currently working in Colorado.
Exploring Strategies to Control Neglected Tropical Diseases
Researchers discuss five strategies to aid in the control of neglected tropical diseases.
Neglected Tropical Diseases: Looking Toward 2030
Researchers review recent progress made on neglected tropical diseases since 2010.
Commensal Organisms Can Protect Against Pathogenic Bacteria
Recent studies have shown how a commensal intestinal bacterium produces an enzyme that can help protect against pathogenic bacteria.
Patient-to-Patient Spread of Norovirus is Probably Overestimated
A recent study suggests that patient-to-patient transmission of norovirus is potentially overestimated within clinical settings.
A New Tool for Fighting Serious Bacterial Skin Infections
In a recent study in mice, researchers used a synthetic peptide to disrupt the bacterial stress response that causes abscess formation in skin infections with drug-resistant bacteria.
Less Than 10% of Bovine E. coli Strains Affect Human Health
Researchers have predicted that less than 10% of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 strains are likely to have the potential to cause human disease.
Closing in on a Cure for HIV
A 44-year-old man from Britain could become the first patient ever to be cured of HIV, thanks to a groundbreaking new therapy developed to eradicate the virus.
A Review of Transdermal Vaccine Delivery
The transdermal vaccine route offers an opportunity to improve vaccine administration.
Leishmania and its Survival Mechanisms
Authors of a recent review article discuss how the Leishmania parasite interacts with the immune system of its mammalian host, and how these interactions affect both the parasite and the host.
How Nutrition Affects the Immune System's Ability to Fight Infection
According to a recent study, people’s food preferences during times of sickness may be linked to the type of infection they have and to the type of food the immune system needs to combat the infection.
Disabling Bacterial Motility: A New Way to Control Infection?
A recent study has shown that disabling bacterial flagella could prove to be an effective new method by which to fight some bacterial infections.
Antimicrobial Coatings Could Improve Cantaloupe Food Safety
According to new research, applying antimicrobial coatings to whole cantaloupes during storage significantly reduces contamination and has the potential to improve their microbiological safety and extend their shelf life.
How Lyme Disease Bacteria Migrate Through Blood Vessels
A recent study has shown that Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, spreads throughout the body by crawling along the inside wall—the endothelium—of blood vessels.
Helminth Parasites' Regulation of Host Immune Response Reduces Inflammatory Disease Symptoms
New information about how helminths regulate their hosts’ immune system may provide valuable insight for therapies to fight inflammatory diseases.
Two Novel Biomarkers Associated with Clinical Outcome in Dengue
Researchers analyzed soluble forms of the B cell antigens CD27 and CD38 (sCD27 and sCD38, respectively) in the plasma of children with dengue and have suggested a role for these soluble forms as biomarkers of progression of the disease.
Scientists Discover Cause of Immune Dysfunction in Patients with Cirrhosis
Liver fibrosis and subsequent cirrhosis result from chronic damage to the liver that is caused by most types of chronic liver disease, including chronic hepatitis C virus infection and alcohol abuse.
Tourists Can Import Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
The researchers analyzed stool samples from travelers, both before and after their trips, and found that the intestinal tracts of 76% were colonized with superbugs.
Key Risk Factors for Patient-to-Patient Transmission of Drug-Resistant Bacterium
In a recent study, researchers identified three key factors that increase the risk for patient-to-patient transmission of carbapenemase-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacecae (CP-CRE).
New Test Discriminates Between Microbial Infections and Sterile Trauma
Researchers have made an important breakthrough in efforts to develop a test to help clinicians determine whether a patient has a microbial infection or sterile trauma, a new study shows.
New Technologies Could Guide Investigations of Microbial Outbreaks
A recent study has described the use of next-generation sequencing to develop novel approaches that could serve as a public health tool to track pathogens such as Escherichia coli during disease outbreaks.
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