Category Archives: Emerging Viruses

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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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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A Virus for a Bigger Brain?

Can a virus make your brain bigger? Well yes – quite literally so when we’re talking about Viral Encephalitis. A couple of case studies I’ve encountered on my journeys pushed me to find out more about this intriguing medical scenario. Viral encephalitis is a very worrying (clinically speaking) disease manifestation whereby your brain and central nervous system tissues swell up.

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