Category Archives: Virology

Vaccines: From the cowshed to the clinic

Vaccines are an essential component of public health, keeping people safe against disease. But how do they work, how are they manufactured and what are the challenges involved? We spoke to Dr Sarah Gilbert from the Jenner Institute to find … Continue reading

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Can we model how viruses move between species?

Dr Ben Longdon from the University of Cambridge is presenting his work on emerging viruses at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference today (24 March). He may have found the key to predicting which viruses will emerge to cause severe illness … Continue reading

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Visualising bluetongue virus in midges

Today at the Society’s Annual Conference, Alice Muntzer spoke about a new way to visualise virus particles inside biting midges that spread disease. This unusual looking image is a fluorescently labelled section of a Culicoides biting midge. On the left … Continue reading

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Can we use models to predict virus outbreaks?

Professor Matthew Baylis from the University of Liverpool will talk about his predictions for future impacts of climate change on infectious diseases of animals at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference today (21 March). If we can anticipate what will happen … Continue reading

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Could European mosquitoes transmit Zika virus?

The ongoing Zika virus outbreak in the Americas has now had confirmed cases in the UK and other parts of Europe. The disease appears to be linked to an increase in babies born with microcephaly as well as a serious … 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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Do hand dryers spread viruses in public bathrooms?

Seeing someone leave a public toilet without washing their hands is enough to make your stomach turn, but how someone actually dries their hands also has important implications for public health, according to recent research from the University of Westminster. … Continue reading

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Studying intestinal viruses in Uganda: Dr Lucy Thorne

Earlier this year, Dr Lucy Thorne visited Uganda on a Research Visit Grant from the Microbiology Society. Lucy travelled to Entebbe to begin a research project studying how common intestinal viruses are in Ugandan children. While she was out there, we … Continue reading

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Mosquito bites: More than just an irritation?

For a lot of people, getting bitten by a mosquito is an unpleasant experience, leaving an angry red wheal that can last a few days. But aside from the irritation and itchiness it can cause, could the inflammation from bites … Continue reading

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EEHV: Herpes infection often fatal to baby elephants

It has been estimated that a staggering 90 per cent of the humans on Earth are infected with one or more viruses from the family Herpesviridae, which are commonly known as herpes viruses. Members include Varicella Zoster virus, the causative … Continue reading

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