Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Gateway

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  • Making rare diseases visible

    Following revision of the International Classification of Diseases, the European Commission Expert Group on Rare Diseases recommends health care coding systems to use ORPHA codes in addition to ICD10 codes for rare diseases.

    Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2015, 10:35
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    Host immunity determines influenza virus infection

    Diverse clinical response to two strains of influenza virus in ferrets demonstrated that host immunity, not the virus strain, was the determinant in the outcome of influenza virus infection. 

    Virology Journal 2015, 12:48
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    Vivax malaria severity varies by country

    Mortality rates associated with P. vivax malaria infection are 20-fold higher in India than Brazil, with higher fatality among pregnant women and those with comorbidities, highlighting that disease severity varies in different settings and patient groups.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:57
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    Is flu vaccination beneficial for diabetics?

    In a systematic review and meta-analysis, there is limited evidence available on the benefits of influenza vaccination in patients with diabetes, indicating that further studies are needed to assess vaccine effectiveness in this population.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:53
  • Penguins in rehabilitation centers: how do we minimize risk of avian malaria infection?

    Seabird rehabilitation efforts can be hampered by infectious diseases such as avian malaria. As well as preventing mosquitos from coming into contact with penguins in rehab centres, seasonality should also be taken into account.

    Veterinary Research 2015, 46:30
  • Medical staff at risk of Borna disease virus infection

    More than 20% of the medical staff at a hospital in China were found to be infected with human Borna disease virus, calling for infection monitoring and introduction of preventive measures.

    Virology Journal 2015, 12:39
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    Vaccination strategies reduce RSV infection

    In a mathematical model, school-age children are the main source of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection within households, and vaccination of students achieves a reduction in transmission, providing evidence to support RSV immunization.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:49
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    Gender inequality associated with child mortality

    The Gender inequality index is positively associated with child mortality rates across 138 countries, suggesting that initiatives to curtail child mortality rates should extend beyond medical interventions and should prioritize women's rights and autonomy.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:97
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    Borrelia compete for space

    Different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, induce a strong inhibitory priority effect in the mouse host and help the most infective bacterial strains to become more prevalent.

    BMC Microbiology 2015, 15:61
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    BRCA1 regulates HIV-1 transcription

    The multifaceted protein BRCA1 was identified to act as a novel transcriptional cofactor for HIV-1 transcription, indicating BRCA1 pathway or enzymes as targets in antiretroviral therapy.

    Virology Journal 2015, 12:40