Category Archives: Emerging Diseases

On the Horizon: What is Oropouche virus?

In this edition of our On the Horizon series, we take a look at an obscure virus that may cause an important emerging disease in 2017, or may remain in obscurity for much of the world. That is, except for … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Diseases, On the Horizon | Tagged | Leave a comment

On the Horizon: Monkeypox

On 8 May 1980, after a global vaccination campaign, the WHO declared that smallpox had been eradicated. Wiping out this viral disease, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of people throughout history, should be considered one of … Continue reading

Posted in Clinical and Medical Microbiology, Emerging Diseases, On the Horizon, Virology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Play – Plague Inc: Evolved (with a scientist)

Plague Inc: Evolved is a video game where players try to evolve a pathogen that can infect and kill the whole of humanity. While this is obviously not our aim here at the Society, the game does provide an interesting angle for looking … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Diseases, Epidemiology, Video | Leave a comment

Microbe Talk: November 2016

When pathogenic viruses pass from their animal reservoir into humans – known as ‘spillover events’ – the consequences can be severe. For example, it is thought that the West African Ebola outbreak began with an 18-month-old child in Guinea contracting … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Diseases, Podcast, Virology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

On the Horizon: Rift Valley fever

In 1930, a new disease was reported in sheep on a farm near the town of Naivasha, in the central Rift Valley region of Kenya. This disease caused mass spontaneous abortions among pregnant ewes and the death of newborn lambs. … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Microbiology, Clinical and Medical Microbiology, Emerging Diseases, On the Horizon, Virology | Tagged | Leave a comment

Microbe Talk: October 2016

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) building in Boston is a high-tech facility for the study of emerging, and re-emerging, microbial diseases of humans and animals. The building, part of Boston University, is equipped up to Biosafety level 4 … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Diseases, Podcast, Virology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

On the Horizon: Hantaviruses

In early 2013, a man in North Wales was rushed to hospital showing symptoms of serious kidney problems. The source of his infection? His pet rats. Tests revealed that the causative agent was a rodent virus known as Seoul virus. … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Diseases, On the Horizon | Tagged , | 1 Comment