Infectious Disease News spoke with Gregory C. Gray, an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor at Duke University, about the status of H7N9 control strategies in China, gaps in control measures, and what else China can do to effectively contain the highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses.
There are studies covering the transmission of Yersinia pestis through ingestion of tainted meat.
Researchers analyzed epidemiologic and clinical data of laboratory-confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases from eleven healthcare-associated outbreaks in Saudi Arabia and the South Korea between 2015–2017.
Legionella are not the only bacteria able to survive in protozoa. Single-celled microeukaryotes such as protozoa often harbor other bacteria that do not harm them, so-called endosymbionts. The team of researchers has now discovered that these bacteria significantly influence the proliferation and spread of Legionella.
Anthrax is endemic in Georgia, and livestock are required to be vaccinated by owners. There has been an increase in human cases associated with livestock handling.
Researchers studying the transmission of Nipah virus over 14 years of outbreak investigations in Bangladesh found that adult cases with respiratory symptoms transmitted the virus to more individuals than other cases.
About 50 percent of reported laboratory-confirmed infections of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have occurred in healthcare settings, with healthcare workers constituting over a third of all secondary infections.
Mechanically harvested agricultural products can be a source of tularemia infection, most likely due to contamination with animal carcasses.
Researchers aim to identify genes that are important in reducing infection by Influenza A virus in pigs and chickens, along with genes that limit the spread of the virus to people.
Researchers surveyed dromedary camels in Ethiopia, and found a high seroprevalence for influenza D virus, in contrast to animals co-existing with the camels.