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Trusted Messages Key to Counter Community Concerns During Disease Outbreak

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Utilizing messages focused on images created by local artists and written information communicated through local dialects proved essential to counter misperceptions during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, according to a study conducted in part by Muriel J. Harris, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Department of Health Promotion and Behavior Sciences.

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DNA Detectives Crack the Case on Biothreat Look-Alikes

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Biological “detectives” are tracking down biothreats such as the bacteria that causes tularemia (“rabbit fever”), but they constantly face the challenge of avoiding false positives.

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Johns Hopkins Materials Scientists Probe a Protein’s Role in Speeding Ebola’s Spread

Scientists have pinpointed how a tiny protein seems to make the deadly Ebola virus particularly contagious.

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Einstein Researchers Awarded Three NIH Grants Totaling $12Million to Fight Virulent Viruses

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The NIH has awarded Einstein researchers three grants totaling more than $12 million to protect against three deadly viruses—Ebola, Marburg and hantavirus. Research collaborations between Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of microbiology & immunology and the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology, and Jonathan Lai, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry, have led to novel approaches for developing vaccines and treatments.

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Ebola Detected in Semen of Survivors Two Years After Infection

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Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found Ebola RNA in the semen of survivors two years after infection. They are calling on the World Health Organization to update its guidelines on sexual transmission.

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Ebola Lingers in Survivors’ Eyes

Three years after an Ebola epidemic swept across West Africa, researchers have found a clue to how the virus may live on in the eyes of survivors suffering from uveitis – one of the more serious and common complications of the disease.

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Tulane University Awarded $12 Million to Create Lassa Fever Vaccine and Treatment

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded Tulane University more than $12 million to test a promising drug treatment against Lassa fever and develop a vaccine against the deadly disease endemic in parts of West Africa.

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Influenza Virus Can Overcome Potentially Crippling Mutations

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown that for the virus that causes the flu, two wrongs can sometimes make a right.

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Argonne X-Rays Used to Help Identify a Key Lassa Virus Structure

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Research done at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source was vital to the process of identifying the structure, which provides a guide for designing a Lassa virus vaccine. Lassa virus is endemic to Africa and kills thousands of people a year; it is particularly deadly for pregnant women.

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Pregnancy Problems Not Necessarily Tied to Zika Viral Load or Dengue Fever

Zika viral load and the degree of Zika symptoms during pregnancy are not necessarily associated with problems during pregnancy or fetal abnormalities at birth. The presence of antibodies to previously acquired dengue fever also is not necessarily linked to abnormalities during pregnancy or at birth.







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