Outbreak Prevention & Control Gateway

Welcome to the Outbreak Prevention and Control Gateway. This gateway highlights the latest articles on outbreak prevention and control that is published by BioMed Central journals.


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    No molecular link between measles and IBD

    Homology exists between measles antigens and intestinal proteins, but antibody reactivity is not significantly greater in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients than healthy controls, providing further evidence against a link between measles and IBD.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:139
  • Mortality of HIV patients in the ICU

    HIV infection is related to a higher frequency of severe sepsis and death among patients admitted to the ICU; coinfection with Hepatitis C virus increases risk of death in the presence and absence of sepsis.

    Critical Care 2014, 18:475
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    What makes us fat? An open question.

    Although researchers are actively exploring the links between diet and obesity, Jack Winkler explains why definite answers have been difficult to obtain, and highlights the lack of consensus amongst researchers, hinders development of practical solutions to deal with obesity.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:114
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    Climate change and dengue fever risk in Europe

    Climate change is likely to contribute to increased dengue risk in many parts of Europe, with the areas of greatest increased risk projected to be clustered around the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts and in northern Italy.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:781
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    Psychological factors improve ART adherence

    A meta-analysis of factors affecting adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV-infected adults indicates that psychological factors including self-efficacy and belief about the necessity of ART should be targeted to improve adherence

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:142
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    An ant problem?

    Ants captured in a Brazilian hospital carry a number of bacterial species capable of causing serious infections in humans, suggesting ants could be a significant source of the spread of bacteria in hospital environments.

    BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:554
  • SAG2 oral rabies vaccine: 20 years on

    A look at the development and use of the SAG2 oral rabies vaccine. SAG2 has played a large role in rabies elimination among wildlife in Estonia, France, Italy, and Switzerland, with no safety issues reported to date.

    Veterinary Research 2014, 45:77
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    Deadly nidovirus in pythons

    A novel nidoviorus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of fatal respiratory disease in ball pythons, adding to our understanding of virus diversity and pathogenesis

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:144
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    Contaminated feed is a risk factor for PEDV

    Evidence that contaminated complete feed can serve as a vehicle for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) infection of naïve pigs prompts the need for further investigation towards the mitigation of this risk factor.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:176
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    Implementation of emergency obstetric care 

    Implementing emergency obstetric care in Tanzania is accompanied by challenges that require multiple partners and for effective partnership, their roles and responsibilities should be well stipulated in a clear framework within the district health system.

    BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:333
  • A novel target for tau immunotherapy

    Monoclonal antibody DC8E8 disables a novel target on tau protein essential for its pathological function both in vitro and in vivo, and is a suitable candidate molecule for Alzheimer's disease immunotherapy.

    Alzheimer's Research & Therapy 2014, 6:45
  • A novel vaccine for tau immunotherapy

    Active vaccine AADvac1 validates the novel tau target revealed by monoclonal antibody DC8E8 by reducing Alzheimer's disease-type tau hyperphosphorylation by 95% in transgenic rats, and has now entered phase I clinical trials.

    Alzheimer's Research & Therapy 2014, 6:44
  • APOBEC1 edits DNA

    A new study shows that human APOBEC1 enzyme has DNA mutational activity and displays a characteristic mutational signature in esophageal adenocarcinomas

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:417

News and events

Just published in BMC Public Health: Learning from large scale prevention efforts: findings from Avahan

Launched in 2003 with financial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Avahan is the world's largest HIV prevention programme. This special supplement documents the role of the initiative in the fight against HIV/AIDS in India.

Edited by Lalit Dandona and Eric Benotsch