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Review Shows Safety of H1N1 Vaccine, Officials Say

An extensive review of adverse effects from the swine flu vaccine indicates that the vaccine is safe, with side effects no different from those of seasonal flu vaccines, health officials reported on Friday.

The information comes from two monitoring networks. One is the Vaccine Adverse Event ... Read More

Cholera Epidemic Infects Thousands in Kenya

A cholera epidemic is sweeping across Kenya, with 4,700 cases reported in the past month and 119 deaths in what Kenyan officials are calling “one of the worst outbreaks in a decade.”

The most stricken areas are the arid swaths of northern Kenya, which were hit this year by a devastating droug... Read More

Experimental drug is combating hepatitis C in chimps, researchers say

The antiviral, which is already being tested for safety in humans, has exhibited no toxic side effects and has not allowed development of resistance, a characteristic that plagues other treatments.

An experimental antiviral drug that works by a different mechanism than existing drugs has been... Read More

H1N1 virus finally reaches blockaded Gaza Strip

H1N1 swine flu has finally reached the Gaza Strip, the health ministry said on Sunday, worrying Palestinians who had credited Israel's blockade of the territory with keeping the virus at bay.

The ministry said five people had been diagnosed with H1N1 on Saturday. Health workers said it appear... Read More

TWiV 61: Original antigenic sin

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On episode 61 of the podcast "This Week in Virology", Vincent and Dick muse about the symbiotic bacterium,Wolbachia, that protects flies from viral infection, the origin of 2009 influenza H1N1 virus... Read More

About Jesse Noar

jessepicI'm a microbiology PhD student at N... Read More

The Swine Flu Vaccine: 1976 Casts a Giant Shadow

America was one raw nerve. An unpopular Republican president had left office, leaving behind an unpopular war to wind down. Democrats now ruled both houses of Congress. The sitting president, a Midwesterner whose ascendancy had been historic, came in without executive experience. The country was... Read More

Don't call it 'swine flu,' farmers implore

Hog farmer David Moody has stopped letting strangers into his barn because he's afraid they'll infect his pigs with swine flu.

Not that he would ever call the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus by its colloquial name.

Like many pork producers across the heartland, he has spent months railing ag... Read More

Put down the Slim-Fast can -- regardless of flavor, sell-by date, etc.

The maker of Slim-Fast has recalled all of its ready-to-drink canned beverages. All of them. Turns out, the stuff might be contaminated with the bacterium Bacillus cereus.

Here's the notice, posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website and the Slim-Fast site.

It contains the usual ... Read More

Researcher at Army Lab Infected With Rabbit Fever

A researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Maryland, has contracted rabbit fever—also known as tularemia, USAMRIID officials announced today. The illness is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis, one of several biosaf... Read More

Brown hyphae of Exophiala jeanselmei

Brown hyphae of Exophiala jeanselmei. Hyphae in wall of 'cyst' Read More

Chicken Pox Shot Protects Against Shingles, Too

Children who are vaccinated against chicken pox may also have increased protection against shingles, new findings suggest.

U.S. researchers looked at the health records of 172,163 children in southern California who were vaccinated with the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine between 2002 and 200... Read More

Glaxo's swine flu shot may give kids fever

The European Medicines Agency warns that young children given GlaxoSmithKline's swine flu shot may get a fever after their second dose.

In a statement issued Friday, the European drug regulator said data from GlaxoSmithKline PLC showed a higher number of children aged six months to 3 years ha... Read More

Two Heads Better Than One in New Antibiotic Method

An antibiotic that binds to a well-established target in a novel and unexpected way could be the inspiration for designing new, more potent antibacterial drugs.

"A completely new way to beat bacteria is an exciting find at a time when resistance to existing antibiotics is growing," said Profe... Read More

State considers naming official microbe

The public is getting its chance to sound off on whether Wisconsin should name an official microbe.

A state Assembly committee scheduled a public hearing for Thursday on a bill that would name the microbe that converts milk into cheese as Wisconsin's official microbe .

Wisconsin would beco... Read More

Stop Whining About Antibiotic Abuse: We can win our battle against bacteria. Here's how.

Ever felt personally responsible for drug-resistant diseases? It's no wonder. Virtually everyone—permissive doctors, nagging patients, hospital administrators, government bureaucrats, and snotty kids—has been blamed for the problem. It's true: Bacteria are conquering our antibiotics much faster ... Read More

After Delays, Vaccine to Counter Bad Beef Tested

Jason Timmerman coaxed a balky calf into a chute on his feedlot one recent afternoon and jabbed a needle into its neck. He was injecting the animal with a new vaccine to make it immune to a dangerous form of the E. coli bacteria.

The calf and thousands of others are part of a large-scale test... Read More

Soda fountain machines could make you sick,

"Drinking a beverage from a restaurant's soda fountain machine could make you sick, claims a research team at Hollins University.

Water, Coke, Pepsi and these soda's diet versions, when dispensed through fountain machines, contained bacteria that have the potential to cause gastrointestinal i... Read More

The WHO says swine flu pandemic is milder than expected, may be nearing peak

The outbreak of pandemic H1N1 influenza appears to be waning in the United States and Canada and may be nearing a peak in the rest of the world, but it is impossible to predict what will happen with influenza viruses, the World Health Organization said today. "It's too early to say whether activ... Read More

Stopping MRSA before it becomes virulent now possible

Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that is responsible for many hard-to-treat infections. MRSA bacteria are by definition any strain of S. aureas resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics, such as methicillin and dicloxacillin.

Most scientists believe that staph infe... Read More

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