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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    Gene expression signatures of infiltrating immune cells provide prognostic and therapy-predictive information for breast cancer and are affected by tumor proliferative capacity and intrinsic subtype.
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    H10N8 influenza antibodies are present in serum samples collected from animal workers before the first reported case in humans, suggesting that surveillance for H10N8 is necessary in animal workers to monitor influenza spread.
  • Bovine tuberculosis continues to be a problem in cattle herds in Ireland and Britain. Is badger culling a viable long-term strategy?
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    Alan Lopez, a global health expert and epidemiologist, answers our questions about global burden of tobacco-related mortality, highlighting ways in which countries could apply tobacco control measures to alleviate this burden.
  • In a deliberately speculative article, Turhan Canli suggests that major depression may result from microbial infection, illustrating possible pathways by which microorganisms could contribute to its etiology.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    William Petri et al. comment on a recent trial showing that an anti-inflammatory drug is safe to treat environmental enteropathy (EE) in malnourished children, and indicate that although preliminary, this approach holds promise for the treatment of EE.
  • The house fly genome shows that it is genetically adapted to high pathogen loads and living in association with animal waste
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    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.
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    In a randomized trial, overweight pregnant women receiving a lifestyle intervention have improved diet and higher levels of physical activity than those given standard care, suggesting that lifestyle advice improves maternal health during pregnancy.
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    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
  • 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.
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    Kenneth Goldschneider and colleagues present evidence- and consensus-based guidelines for pain management in adult and pediatric patients with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), and provide recommendations for research to improve the evidence base for EB care. 

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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