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Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Post Date: March 30, 2021
African swine fever has flared up in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara killing tens of thousands of pigs.

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Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Zurich have determined what causes normal proteins to convert to a disease form. These researchers also believe they have found a way to block prions from becoming a disease.

Tags: prion diseasebovine spongiform encephalopathyCreutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
Researchers built a sewage-handling robot that can detect coronavirus in wastewater 30 times faster than nonautomated large-scale systems. Commonly used viral concentration technique use filters and can take anywhere from six to eight hours to transform a couple dozen sewage specimens into samples that can then be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This automated protocol concentrates 24 samples in a 40-minute run.

Tags: coronavirusCOVID-19waste water surveillance

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first machine learning-based Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) non-diagnostic screening device that identifies certain biomarkers that are indicative of some types of conditions, such as hypercoagulation (a condition causing blood to clot more easily than normal).

Tags: coronavirusCOVID-19SARS-CoV

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
Hong Kong Health Officials are monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi in southern China.

Tags: avian influenza humanbird flu

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
A new disease surveillance network in Africa is trying to stop the next pandemic before it happens. The network will be setting up a rapid real-time data sharing system.

Tags: disease surveillancezoonotic diseaseAfrica

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
A recent study shows monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and remdesivir, a small-molecule antiviral, are promising monotherapies for many viruses, including members of the genera Marburgvirus and Ebolavirus (family Filoviridae), and more recently, SARS-CoV-2.

Tags: SARS-CoVMarburg virusEbola virus

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
This article suggests the use of pseudovirus instead of SARS-CoV-2 in antibody neutralization assays would allow these tests to be run in BSL-2 facilities instead of BSL-3 laboratories.

Tags: SARS-CoVcoronavirusCOVID-19

Publication Date: March 26, 2021
Post Date: March 26, 2021
Per the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 30 new cases of Lassa fever were recorded in seven states in one week.

Tags: Lassa feverLassa fever virus

Publication Date: February 26, 2021
Post Date: February 26, 2021
New York and California are reporting new virus variants that might be more contagious than the original strain.

Tags: SARS-CoVcoronavirusCOVID-19