An African swine fever case at a pig farm on Seokmo Island fuels speculation that wildlife could be responsible for the spread of the virus in South Korea. Only one bridge connects the island with other regions, and the farm had only two pigs with no visits from outside cars.
A new study describes the application of effective mosquito surveillance using low-cost traps and a tool that tests each mosquito’s species, feeding material, and the presence of malaria parasites. The study also provides new information that may improve understanding of how malaria is transmitted and consequently could be controlled, including that the female Anopheles mosquitoes (the ones that transmit malaria) diets are more varied than previously assumed.
Candida auris has been found on hospital mattresses, furniture, sinks, and medical equipment. In a new study, researchers wanted to determine how the fungus gets onto those surfaces.
Researchers used machine learning to identify bat species with that could host Nipah virus in India and identified four new bat species as surveillance priorities.
Researchers found instances where tilapia infected with tilapia lake virus passed the disease onto their offspring without cohabitating, suggesting vertical transmission.
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.