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Pregnant women told to delay travel to Florida over Zika virus fears

The Guardian - ‎9 hours ago‎
The virus has caused Guillain-Barré syndrome in a small number of people in Latin America, which can be triggered by viral attacks on the immune system and results in muscle weakness. The biggest concern, however, is the link between Zika infection in ...
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Zika Virus Infection Fast Facts

CNN - ‎Jul 18, 2016‎
Zika is not the suspected illness at the time. Later in the month, Brazil provides additional information to WHO on the illnesses. April 29, 2015 - A state laboratory in Brazil informs WHO that preliminary samples have tested positive for the Zika ...

Compelling evidence that equine flu virus can infect humans – review

Horsetalk - ‎16 hours ago‎
The influenza virus viewed under an electron microscope. Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Strong evidence exists that the equine influenza virus can occasionally infect humans, according to scientists, who suggest closer surveillance ...
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Can Viruses Trigger Celiac Disease? - ‎Jul 27, 2016‎
They estimate that introducing gluten at the same time as intestinal virus infection results in a long-term loss of oral tolerance to gluten in the 20 percent of the population with the genetic predisposition for celiac disease, especially in patients ...
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Zika Virus Infection Risks Calculated for Pregnant Women, Olympic Attendees in New Studies

ABC News - ‎Jul 25, 2016‎
Just weeks before the Olympics are slated to start in the nation at the center of the Zika virus outbreak, researchers have found new evidence about who is likely to contract the disease. Two studies published today help shed light on the virus that ...

Critical years ahead in fight against hepatitis C virus

McGill University Health Center - ‎Jul 28, 2016‎
In the last five years, new drugs have revolutionized the treatment of hepatitis C (HCV), a virus that causes serious liver disease. These medicines, which are safer and more effective than older therapies, have raised hope of one day eliminating HCV ...

The tragedies and triumphs of living with hepatitis C

Toronto Star - ‎6 hours ago‎
At the time, treatment involved up to six months of interferon injections and other chemotherapy-like drugs with punishing side effects that often didn't eradicate the virus. Physicians believed those who drink and use drugs were poor candidates and ...
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South Dakota Seeing Increase In West Nile Virus Cases

KDLT News - ‎17 hours ago‎
He also said this amount of illnesses has been reported before the West Nile Virus usually hits hardest. "It's nasty and it hits now in the summer and the first three weeks in August are the worst, hottest months for West Nile that we have in South ...

This Seattle biotech startup just secured funding to tackle the Zika virus

GeekWire - ‎Jul 26, 2016‎
Seattle-based biotech startup Kineta announced today that it has received an undisclosed amount of funding to expand research that could potentially combat the Zika virus. The funding comes from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease ...
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Researchers discover antibodies capable of protecting against Zika virus infection - ‎Jul 25, 2016‎
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified antibodies capable of protecting against Zika virus infection, a significant step toward developing a vaccine, better diagnostic tests and possibly new antibody-based ...
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Discovery of new Hepatitis C Virus mechanism

Science Daily - ‎Jul 27, 2016‎
About 200 million people around the world are infected with the HCV virus. HCV infection may cause fatty liver, hepatic fibrosis and liver cancer.

Zika Cases Spike in Puerto Rico as Virus Spreads 'Silently and Rapidly'

Yahoo News - ‎18 hours ago‎
Officials are calling the situation in Puerto Rico "a Zika epidemic." “The virus is silently and rapidly spreading in Puerto Rico,” said Dr.

MIT researchers are sending robots into sewers to monitor city dwellers' waste

Quartz - ‎7 hours ago‎
Beneath the streets of Boston, two robots named Mario and Luigi inspect the flow of human waste, collecting data on city residents.

Explainer: the A, B, C, D and E of hepatitis

The News Minute - ‎7 hours ago‎
Hepatitis C is closer to the virus that causes dengue fever. The thing all five have in common is ... Although hepatitis A can cause significant illness, the body usually recovers without treatment and becomes immune to future infections. Vaccines can ...
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The ALS Breakthrough Does Not Invalidate Criticism of the Ice Bucket Challenge

Huffington Post UK - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
In summer 2014, thousands of West-Africans contracted the virus and died within months. The disease wiped out entire villages.

Contagious disease affects Riverbend summer program, family

Appeal-Democrat - ‎Jul 28, 2016‎
Bhattal said the best way to address the virus is to treat the symptoms, including staying hydrated and washing hands often in an effort to reduce transmitting the virus to others. It usually takes a few days for symptoms to show, and the disease can ...

First Outbreak of Locally Transmitted Zika Virus Confirmed in Continental US

Yahoo News - ‎19 hours ago‎
"We know this virus is most detrimental to expectant mothers," Scott said. "If you are pregnant or think you might become pregnant contact your OB/Gyn.

Johns Hopkins study links prisons and jails to HIV, hepatitis and TB ...

Baltimore Sun - ‎18 hours ago‎
Prisons and jails can contribute to global epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, and prison inmates and jail detainees have higher rates of those ...

Contrary dengue vaccine response hints at possible problems with ...

CIDRAP - ‎Jul 28, 2016‎
It's called antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), wherein the dengue vaccine sets up severe disease in those not previously exposed - and it might have ...

Today on VOD: The Viral Infection Begins to Spread

Dread Central - ‎Jul 29, 2016‎
Teenage sisters Emma and Stacey live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection.