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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  • Most studies have assessed schistosome-snail compatibility using laboratory strains. In this study, compatibility was assessed using field-derived Biomphalaria pfeifferi and Schistosoma mansoni miracidia from two locations, in a reciprocal cross infection experiment set up in an outdoor facility. High levels of infection were observed, with some of the snails shedding cercariae for over a year. The 'super survivor' snails could potentially sustain transmission, thus jeopardize chemotherapy-based schistosomiasis control efforts. Image: A 'super-survivor' field-derived B. pfeifferi with a 58 weeks old S. mansoni infection.
  • Image attributed to: Detail of Figure 3_from Tsalik et al.
    Blood transcriptional profiling of patients with sepsis, including survivors and non-survivors, reveals survival is associated with a strong immune response and with missense variants in VPS9D1.

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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