Tag Archives: virology

COVID: how the disease moves through the air

Alexander Limbach/shutterstock Lena Ciric, UCL; Abigail Hathway, University of Sheffield; Benjamin Jones, University of Nottingham, and Chris Iddon, University of Nottingham Masks have been a common sight all over the world since SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, invaded our lives. We set out to investigate if they work. Our goal was to find out how the virus travels through the air …

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Bird flu outbreaks in Europe: what you need to know

Arjan Stegeman, Utrecht University Once again, Europe is experiencing bird flu outbreaks – the deadliest animal disease known. In chickens and turkeys, over 90% of an affected flock will die within a couple of weeks, although in ducks and geese the disease may be milder. Bird flu outbreaks are caused by avian influenza viruses, most of which cause mild infection …

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Act like you’re carrying a dangerous coronavirus mutation – because you might be

Zania Stamataki, University of Birmingham South Africa has temporarily halted its rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine after a preliminary study (not yet released or reviewed by other scientists) found it provided limited protection against the South African coronavirus variant for mild and moderate cases of COVID-19. The variant, which has been found worldwide, has presented challenges for all the available …

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Asian tiger mosquito gains ground in Illinois

Thanks to unintentional reintroductions and adaptive strategies that enable it to survive the state's harsh winters, the Asian tiger mosquito is becoming more abundant in Illinois.

Photo by James Gathany/CDC NEWS RELEASE 4-JUN-2020 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, NEWS BUREAU Researchers report that the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, has become more abundant across Illinois in the past three decades. Its spread is problematic, as the mosquito can transmit diseases – like chikungunya or dengue fever – to humans. The Asian tiger mosquito originated in the …

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