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  • Resistance determinants of HIV type 1 uncovered

    Regions of the HIV type 1 CRF01_AE viral envelope which are major determinants of viral resistance to neutralising antibodies have been uncovered and investigated.

    Retrovirology 2014, 11:32
  • Surveillance leads to rabies reduction

    Introduction of a national surveillance programme for rabies has led to a reduction in incidence of the disease with regulation of post-exposure prophylaxis quality together with improved management and vaccination of domesticated animals key for its success.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:212
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    Burkholderia sp. BpaC mediates adherence

    BpaC, an autotransporter adhesion protein found in the pathogenic species Burkholderia mallei and Burkholderia pseudomallei, mediates adherence to respiratory epithelial cells and is expressed in vivo during the course of aerosol infection.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:92
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    Increasing compliance with VAP prevention measures

    The existence of written standards for the management of mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care units and the availability of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) surveillance systems are positively associated with compliance with VAP prevention measures.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:199
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    Obesity paradox exists for pneumonia survival

    Evidence from a meta-analysis suggests an obesity paradox exists for pneumonia, where obese individuals have an increased risk of pneumonia but a decreased risk of pneumonia mortality, indicating a survival advantage for obese individuals.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:61
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    Rabies in the UK

    A rare case report of fatal rabies in the UK, including use of the controversial Milwaukee Protocol, where anti-excitory and anti-viral drugs are used in an attempt to treat the infection.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:63
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    BCG immunogenicity in infants

    The cytokine/chemokine signatures, in response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein, in infants post BCG vaccination were affected by geographical location, season of birth, and timing of vaccination but not associated with the concentration of plasma zinc or inflammatory status.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:184
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    Recombination in tomato begomaviruses

    Two tomato begomaviruses were shown to recombine with each other and could share a second DNA molecule, highlighting the importance of recombination and pseudorecombination in their emergence in Brazil.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:66
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    Targeted PrEP is cost effective for HIV

    In a mathematical model, expanding HIV therapy to those in the early stages of infection and targeting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to at-risk individuals is cost-effective, suggesting these strategies could lead to better use of resources.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:46
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    Enterovirus 71 spreads via dendritic cells

    Dendritic cells were shown to mediate the spread of Enterovirus 71, cause of hand, foot and mouth disease, via the virus binding to DC-SIGN.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:47