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Microbe Talk: May 2016

Meet Wolbachia – the bacteria that could rid the world of dengue Dengue is one of the world’s most devastating infectious diseases. Around half of the entire planet’s population is at risk from dengue infection, which can lead to excruciating joint pain, haemorrhaging … 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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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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Microbe Talk: April 2015

In 1677, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek had a letter published in the Royal Society’s journal Philosophical Transactions, which was the first paper to describe microbes, opening up the world of microbiology that we know today. This year is the 350th anniversary … Continue reading

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Learning more about the Chikungunya virus

Chikungunya, an emerging viral infection carried by mosquitoes, has been making headlines across the US over the past few weeks. But what is Chikungunya? How does it spread? Jon Fuhrmann investigates. The American Centre for Disease Control (CDC) first reported … Continue reading

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