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    Emerging picornaviruses in Hong Kong

    Human parechovirus, Aichi virus and salivirus were found in fecal samples from children in Hong Kong with gastroenteritis, providing the first information on the epidemiology of these emerging viruses in this region.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:182
  • Not all cows are epidemiologically equal

    The authors investigated bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) transmission risk by combining statistical analysis of real serological data from surveyed beef and dairy herds with simulated data from a dynamic model.

    Veterinary Research 2014, 45:110
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    Limited diversity in AMA 1 malaria antigen

    Antigenic diversity of apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA1) in Plasmodium falciparum malaria is restricted to three alleles, suggesting that a multi-allele vaccine targeting limited AMA1 variants should confer protection against malaria.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:183
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    Childhood obesity plateau in Ireland high

    With one in four Irish children being overweight or obese, the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in the Republic of Ireland is at an unacceptably high level but has reached a plateau and may be falling.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:974
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    Modelling Ebola transmission

    Gerardo Chowell and Hiroshi Nishiura review the transmission dynamics of Ebola, discussing how modelling can give insight into its spread and the effects of control interventions, and highlighting the need to collect epidemiological data in real-time

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:196
  • Watermelon viruses in the Middle East

    The spread of two begomaviruses through squash and watermelon in the Middle East was tracked genetically, showing a single introduction and frequent migration between countries via a whitefly vector.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:181
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    Challenges in circumcising a nation

    Rwanda is one of the priority countries in the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) campaign; here the authors discuss the challenges in reaching the target of 700,000 VMMCs by 2015, along with strategies to overcome these challenges.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:184
  • Serological marker for JC polyomavirus infection

    Specific antibodies against 15-mers derived from JC polyomavirus VP2 were detected in human plasma, allowing the future development of novel biomarkers for this common infection.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:174
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    CFS/ME incidence affected by sex and age

    Incidence of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) peaks around 10-19 years and 30-39 years, with higher overall incidence in women, indicating that both sex and age factors may affect CFS/ME risk.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:167
  • Influenza susceptibility increased in the lung epithelium of elderly

    The mechanisms of aging increase susceptibility of the distal lung epithelium to influenza infection and delay the lung repair process contributing to the severity of the infection in the elderly.

    Respiratory Research 2014, 15:116