Category Archives: Emerging Diseases

New antibiotics needed: Salmonella

As part of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, we are continuing our New Antibiotics Needed blog series with Salmonella. Salmonella is the gram-negative genus of bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family and iscommonly associated with food poisoning. The genus contains just two species; S. enterica and S. bongori. … Continue reading

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New antibiotics needed: Enterobacteriaceae

  Enterobacteriaceae is a family of bacteria often associated with the gut. Some Enterobacteriaceae may be more familiar than others, including Salmonella, Escherichia coli and Shigella. Another important bacterium in this family is Klebsiella pneumoniae. When in the lungs, this … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: West Nile Virus

West Nile Fever is a disease spread to humans and horses by mosquitoes. In Europe this year, there have been 230 cases of West Nile Fever, and 17 deaths. This month, we spoke with an expert to discuss where the … Continue reading

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Emerging Zoonoses and AMR – a view from Twitter

The Emerging Zoonoses and AMR Focused Meeting took place on 2 July at the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford. We’ve turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the event. In the days … Continue reading

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A killer snake fungus has been found in wild British snakes for the first time

Back in April 2016, we wrote about an emerging disease that’s been killing wild snake populations in North America. Snake fungal disease, or SFD, is an infection that leads to blisters and lesions on snakes’ skin, turning scales yellow and … Continue reading

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Researchers are hunting for viruses that could cause the next pandemic

Scientists around the world are looking for the next SARS or MERS virus in wildlife from disease emergence ‘hotspots’. giulia/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 In late 2002, a new kind of lung infection began to emerge in the Guandong province of southern … Continue reading

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Investigating Lyme disease on the South Downs

The South Downs National Park is an area that stretches for 140 km along the South Coast of England, and is home to a huge diversity of plants and animals. Some of the smaller inhabitants of the park are ticks: … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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