Category Archives: Emerging Diseases

Ash dieback disease: A plague on our ashes

Ash dieback is expected to kill millions of Britain’s ash trees over the next ten years. Caused by a fungus, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, the disease kills trees by spreading through the branches and strangling the vascular system. Dr Anne Edwards and Prof … Continue reading

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What is Zika virus?

In the past few weeks, there have been a number of reports about the rise of Zika virus, another member of the family that includes yellow fever virus, dengue virus and West Nile virus. But what is Zika virus? How is … Continue reading

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Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever: A Phantom Menace

Viral haemorrhagic fevers are a poorly understood group of diseases, but they have entered the public consciousness in unprecedented fashion due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The viruses that cause these diseases are transmitted by a range of vectors that … Continue reading

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