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Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease

Emory University EHS750

New heat-stable rotavirus vaccine shows promise in African trial

By Rachel Pittluck Public health practitioners have a new weapon in the arsenal against diarrheal disease. A study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that three doses of a new oral rotavirus vaccine could prevent... Continue Reading →

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Smart-phone controlled device for rapid detection of zika, dengue and chikungunya.

By Jide Ajibola A group of researchers (nature.com) claim to have developed a new smart-phone controlled device that can be used to detect zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses within thirty minutes. These researchers work at the Sandia National Laboratory, which is... Continue Reading →

Soft Cheeses Linked to Listeria Outbreak Across the East Coast of the U.S.

  By Tamara Lambert Thousands of products containing soft, raw milk cheese have been pulled from the shelves after a listeria outbreak hospitalized six people, including the fatality of two individuals. The CDC claims that this outbreak is linked to... Continue Reading →

Climate Change Could Mean an Increase in Lyme Disease

By: Gabrielle D'Angelo While it has been hotly debated if Malaria transmission will be affected by climate change for some time, scientists are now starting to look at the effect of climate change on other vector-borne diseases, such as Lyme... Continue Reading →

Super spreaders in Ebola outbreak led to 61% of cases

By Claire Mattison As you probably remember, the Ebola outbreak caused more than 28,000 Ebola cases and 11,000 deaths in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  The disease is spread through contact with body fluids of an... Continue Reading →

Zika vaccines, in need of an outbreak

By Amanda Vincent Over a year after the global community declared Zika a public health emergency, researchers now have several vaccines in the safety trial phase, but a key element is needed to prove the effectiveness of any of the... Continue Reading →

New Antibiotic Found on Kenyan Ant

By Kristina Bowen Researchers discovered a new member of the Streptomyces bacteria family which was isolated from Tetraponera penzigi, an ant species found in Africa. Plant-ant mutualism between the Kenyan plant-ants and the thorny acacia trees has been studied as... Continue Reading →

Rising number of Seoul virus cases in US, human infections increase

By Anna Roys Domalewski In the last week both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have posted information on official websites about an ongoing multi-state outbreak of Seoul virus in the United States. These postings follow the... Continue Reading →

H7N9 Bird Flu Found in 1/3 of Guangzhou’s(Canton) Poultry Markets in the Beginning of year of Rooster

By Billy Dehao Chen At the start of the ‘Rooster’ new year in Guangzhou, 30 percent of live poultry markets were recently found to be contaminated with H7N9 bird flu, according to Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s report.... Continue Reading →

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