Category Archives: Virology

Love, in the Time of Zika

On the Italian coastline, overlooking the shimmering calm of the Adriatic Sea, I’ve been catching up with an old friend whilst finally having chance to immerse into Garcia’s Love in the Time of Cholera. Her heart for Brazil and love for all health issues regarding Mother and Child, combined with my own intrigue for emerging viruses, has led us to discuss the inevitable. The Zika Virus.

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New Year, New V

I have flown straight into back-to-back Philippine Typhoons, hearing frequent reports of floods and landslides. Looking forward to 2016, there is cautious optimism amongst scientists and clinicians for combating an altogether different geographical hazard across this region of tropics, with the potential rollout of a vaccine for Dengue Virus!

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A Physician, A Scientist, and an Epi-nerd walk into Ebola…

Here’s a great episode from Earth’s Professor of Virology – Vincent Racaniello – on his weekly Podcast about viruses. The kind….that make you sick! In this episode we get a fantastic insight into the challenges the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has had (and continues to…) on the likes of infectious disease Physicians, field volunteer scientists and epi-nerds. You can watch the

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Paradoxic pandemic: The inexorable spread of hand, foot and mouth disease

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
As researchers describe a new way to make vaccines to fight diseases like foot and mouth disease in animals and polio in humans, we look at a related human viral infection called hand, foot and mouth disease. Recent outbreaks in Cambodia and Vietnam raise the prospect of what is often considered to be an innocuous childhood infection…

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Reservoir Dogs

The cockerels were exuberantly sounding the alarm, proclaiming the ascent of the Far Eastern sun as though the new day offered potential to every desire in these spiritual lands. Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!! Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!! The other vacationers, which included my English father and Filipino mother with a collage of cousins, uncles and aunties, had voyaged from the polluted megalopolis of Manila to this

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Border Cross

International borders are meaningless to infectious diseases such as Yellow Fever Date of Event: July 19th 2014 The tatty card with its leaden yellow shade lay submerged under various other travel documents at the bottom of my rugged rucksack, falling within eyeshot as the Impala brought us closer to the border of Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania. Through

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