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A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change. MAP: Find Out What New Viruses Are Emerging In Your Backyard : Goats and Soda. The Black Plague Came To Norway In The Creepiest Way Possible. Theconversation. World leaders have committed US$790m to fighting superbugs.


These are infectious diseases that don’t respond to treatment using antibiotics – an essential defence against infections after surgery. They are also essential in complex treatment programmes, such as chemotherapy. But antibiotics are being misused. DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague. DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London's Great Plague.

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population. It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected Great Plague burial pit during excavation work on the Crossrail site at Liverpool Street. How we discovered infectious diseases in 2,000-year-old faeces from the Silk Road. Once travelled by famous historical figures such as Marco Polo and Genghis Khan, the Silk Road was a hugely important network of transport routes connecting eastern China with Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

How we discovered infectious diseases in 2,000-year-old faeces from the Silk Road

It came to prominence during the Chinese Han Dynasty (202 BC to AD 220) and remained a key transport route for the following 2,000 years. Given that the Silk Road was a melting pot of people, it is no wonder that researchers have suggested that it might have been responsible for the spread of diseases such as bubonic plague, anthrax and leprosy between China and Europe. However, no one one has yet found any evidence to show how diseases in eastern China reached Europe.

First U.S. Case Of Sexually Transmitted Zika Confirmed In Texas. Escherichia coli O26 Infections Linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurants. Case Count Update Since the last update on December 4, one more ill person has been reported from Pennsylvania.

Escherichia coli O26 Infections Linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurants

This person did not report eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill in the week before November 14, 2015, when illness started. Fifty-three people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 have been reported from 9 states. The majority of illnesses have been reported from Washington and Oregon during October 2015. Antibiotic under threat, as new superbug emerges in China. Experts have been warning for a while that the bell is tolling for the end of the antibiotic era, presaging a time when infections won’t be treatable with the drugs that have changed modern medicine.

Antibiotic under threat, as new superbug emerges in China

On Wednesday, that ominous knell got a little bit louder. Chinese and British scientists reported that they have found a strain of Escherichia coli that is resistant to colistin, the antibiotic of last resort for gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli. The resistant bacteria were found in pigs, raw pork meat, and in a small number of people in China. Scientists can now discover global epidemics before they start. Scientists have sequenced almost 5,000 strains of group strep A bacteria, and identified the genetic changes that that can make it particularly virulent.

Scientists can now discover global epidemics before they start

They hope that new treatments and rapid tests can now be developed to halt the spread of these harmful pathogens. (Photo: Shutterstock) Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of almost 5,000 strains of bacteria known as group A Streptococcus, which is responsible for 600 million infections worldwide and can cause a nasty ‘flesh-eating’ disease in severe cases. They have identified a specific region in the bacterium genome, where genetic mutations produce toxic proteins that are particularly virulent and harmful to humans. Until now scientists did not know what triggered the precise molecular changes in the bacteria’s genome that leads to such epidemics or how particular types of bacteria, like group A Streptococcus, become so virulent in the first place. Research to prevent future pandemics. According to Professor Cecilie Svanes, the world is facing an epidemic of allergies and asthma.

Research to prevent future pandemics

A UiB headed research project aims to look at the relationship between parasitic infections and allergies in children and families. The project has received seed funding from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Bacterial DNA from the Black Death found in teeth. Barbara Bramanti is looking for remnants of old plague bacteria in a plague victim from Florence who died during the Justinian Plague in the mid-500s AD.

Bacterial DNA from the Black Death found in teeth

(Photo: Dr. Elsa Pacciani) Biologists at the University of Oslo are now making a giant effort to identify the relationship between climate change, rat infestations, and the many major plague epidemics throughout history. The knowledge may be used to predict the next plague outbreak. Plague did not only occur in the Middle Ages. Mosquito Magnet clears an acre. It's not just those infernal bites that drive adults, children and animals to the edge, it's the increasing risk of diseases like Ross River Fever transmitted via mosquitoes that makes any new approach to the problem worth investigating.

Mosquito Magnet clears an acre

The recently released Mosquito Magnet emits a plume of carbon dioxide, heat and moisture to mimic a large mammal and combines this with the attractant octenol to control female mosquitoes (the ones that bite), midges, black flies and sandflies over an area up to an acre in size. The insects are trapped and killed using patented "Counterflow Technology" - a vacuum from the flared outer tube surrounds the inner plume of CO2 and drives the insects into a net as they approach the attractant. Mosquito Magnet is based on research by the American Biophysics Corp. dating back to 1991 showing that blood seeking insects find a host by following carbon dioxide.

Share. The Black Death bacteria continues to kill. “Several strains of the bacteria the we use are dangerous, while others are less so,” Egil Lien, medical professor at the CEMIR Centre of Excellence explains.

The Black Death bacteria continues to kill

“We work with the most dangerous bacteria in a class 3 biosafety lab, and then we have to use personal safety gear like in this picture.” (Photo: NTNU) On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health. On the 5th of September, 2014, the blog Konakry Express recounted a report from Mme Fatou Baldé Yansané that there are severe shortages of gloves in health facilities in Guinea. Mme Baldé Yansané writes that midwives have only one or two pair of gloves each week. As a consequence, they have to reuse gloves or merely rub their hands with chlorine after consultations. Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks : Goats and Soda. At Firestone's plantation, workers gather at a shelter in the rubber tree forest, where buckets of sap are collected for processing.

John W. Poole/NPR hide caption itoggle caption John W. Poole/NPR. Ebola Deaths Top 4,000; Screening Begins At New York's JFK Airport. Passengers from three West African countries will face screening for Ebola symptoms when they arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Travelers are seen here at a JFK checkpoint earlier this week. Four other airports will begin screening next week. Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria. White House Releases Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance September 19, 2014, 11:55 am ET · by David Hoffman and Emma Schwartz Last year, the CDC estimated that 23,000 people die annually in the U.S. and more than 2 million are sickened by resistant infections. Ebola - MoBS. This Is How The Ebola Epidemic Might Spread If It's Not Contained. Trending on Related Blogs. What happens when an amoeba “eats” your brain.

New research finds that cell phones reflect our personal microbiome. Related images(click to enlarge) Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt. Antimicrobial Resistance. Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content Get Email Updates. CDC Threat Report: ‘We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era’ Image: CDC. Interview: Martin Blaser, Author Of 'Missing Microbes' Hide captionAccording to Dr. New evidence shows the Black Death had to have been airborne — and not caused by rat fleas.

By Vanessa Thorpe, The ObserverSunday, March 30, 2014 9:12 EDT. How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases : Shots - Health News. Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future. Medical procedures may involve a high risk of infections, but our everyday lives are pretty risky too. Where 'Nightmare Bacteria' Came From, And How Our Inattention Helped Them Emerge - Wired Science. Antimicrobial Resistance. CDC Threat Report: 'We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era' - Wired Science. Morgellons Articles & Reports. MORGELLONS SYNDROME RESEARCH & EDUCATION. Morgellons Exposed - Jan Smith Home Page. Morgellons disease: Managing a mysterious skin condition. MRSA strain in humans originally came from cattle.

Genetic Code Shows Bird Flu In China Spread Between People : Shots - Health News. Cyclo-What? A Nasty Stomach Bug Spreads In The Midwest : Shots - Health News. New Viruses Found in Asia and Africa Tentatively Linked to Neurological Disease. Scientists planning global network of diseases. Shedding light on the Black Death. Yersinia pestis DNA from Skeletal Remains from the 6th Century AD Reveals Insights into Justinianic Plague. Closing hospital windows 'increases infection risk' The Big One? - By Laurie Garrett. New flu in China reveals its avian origins. China Bird Flu: Beijing Reports First Suspected Case Of New Strain. Is This a Pandemic Being Born? - By Laurie Garrett. Pig Manure Reveals More Reason To Worry About Antibiotics : The Salt. Compared with rodents, bat species carry more viruses. Anti-microbial hydrogel offers new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria.

United States. Pandemics books, authors, and tweets: The best stories about the worst diseases. Superspreaders of disease: SARS and other pandemics are spread by modern-day Typhoid Marys. Fungus responsible for 5 deaths in the wake of massive tornado. Outbreak Specialists Track Down Recent Coronavirus. Ebola may go airborne. Fungal Meningitis Pathogen Discovers New Appetite for Human Brains. Updates: New York City's Displaced Rat Population Simply Cannot Wait to Give You the Bubonic Plague. Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea: Is The Antibiotic Era Coming To An End? UK Man Diagnosed with “Congo Fever” Dies. VBD-AIR: Website Tracks Mosquito-Borne Diseases Spread Globally By Air Travel. Brain Parasites, California’s Hidden Health Problem. New Swine Flu Virus Could Infect People.