Sloan Fellowships Awarded To Two UT Southwestern Researchers

Two researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows, an award intended to “support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work.” Dr. Jennifer Kohler and Dr. Joseph Ready were honored for their work in chemistry. The Alfred […]

Alternative Smallpox Vaccine Identified

University of California, Irvine infectious disease researchers have shown the effectiveness of a potential alternative to the existing smallpox vaccine that can replace the current biodefense stockpile for this lethal virus. Philip Felgner and Huw Davies with the Department of Medicine found that the modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) produced the same antiviral response in […]

Drug Aimed At Two Bioterror Agents Blocks Live Viral Infection

Two deadly and highly infectious viruses — both potential bioterror threats — may have met their match in a new drug developed by scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Hendra and Nipah viruses are related, newly recognized zoonotic viruses that can spread from their natural reservoir in fruit bats to larger […]

APIC Launches ‘Targeting Zero’ Initiative To Eradicate Infections Deemed Preventable By CMS

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has announced a series of new educational initiatives aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which include Clostridium difficile-associated disease and the three infections that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have classified as preventable occurrences: catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs), central line catheter-associated […]

Can Interacting Pathogens Explain Disease Patterns?

A new study into the way in which parasites interact with each other could help predict when infectious diseases are likely to break out. A group of scientists in the UK and the US has been studying the behaviour of infectious parasites in rabbits. The findings could lead to us being able to predict more […]

Can Interacting Pathogens Explain Disease Patterns?

A new study into the way in which parasites interact with each other could help predict when infectious diseases are likely to break out. A group of scientists in the UK and the US has been studying the behaviour of infectious parasites in rabbits. The findings could lead to us being able to predict more […]

Uganda: MSF Teams Confront Ebola

On November 29, the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed a case of Ebola in the western region of the country. On December 1, after carrying out a rapid assessment, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) set up isolation units in the Kikyo health center and the Bundibugyo hospital. Currently, two […]

Early Detection Of Infectious Disease Outbreaks Aided By New Software

A newly released software program will let health authorities at the site of an infectious disease outbreak quickly analyze data, speeding the detection of new cases and the implementation of effective interventions. The program, called TranStat, was developed by a team of epidemiologists and computer scientists from the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), […]

National Measles Campaign Reaches Over 196,000 Children In Lesotho

As global progress in reducing Measles deaths was announced this week (68% death decline worldwide and 91% decline in Africa), Government of Lesotho (GOL), through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) released the official results of the Nationwide Measles campaign that was held from 9-19 October 2007. The campaign successfully reached 92.2% of […]

101 Suspected Ebola Fever Cases, Plus Hundreds Monitored In Uganda

Ugandans are beginning to feat that the latest cases of Ebola fever may spread – so far there are 101 reported suspected case, as well as 338 other patients who are being monitored, say authorities. There have been 22 deaths so far, as well as 11 health workers who have become ill, says Dr. Emmanuel […]