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Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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Two people in China die from bird flu. Three others in hospital. Five new cases of virus confirmed

2 people in China die from #H5N6 #birdflu while 3 others are in hospital. 5 people were infected with the #flu in December; 2 have died, 2 more are 'critical'. 4 out of 5 were exposed to poultry. So far, no cases of human-to-human transmission have been reported. #China has reported two deaths from #avianflu after confirming five new cases of H5N6, with the World Health Organisation calling for 'urgent' action. Experts have been concerned at the rising number of bird flu case

Viewpoint article in the journal "Science": The animal origin of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

Viewpoint article in the journal "Science": The animal origin of the #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus Although first detected in December 2019, #COVID19 was inferred to be present in Hubei province, #China, for about a month before (1). Where did this new human disease come from? To understand the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to go back to 2002. At that time a novel respiratory coronavirus appeared in Foshan, Guangdong province, China, and spread to 29 countries (2)

The COVID-19 epidemic and other notifiable infectious diseases in China

The #COVID19 epidemic and other notifiable infectious diseases in #China Abstract Many infection control measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during COVID-19 pandemic. We aimed to investigate the impact of COVID-19 epidemic on the other notifiable infectious diseases in China, including respiratory infectious diseases, diseases transmitted through the digestive tract and animal-borne diseases. Compared with 2019, the overall decline rate of respi

Chinese veterinarian dies from rare Monkey B virus

Chinese veterinarian dies from rare #MonkeyBVirus A man in #China has died after contracting a rare infectious disease from primates, known as the #MonkeyB virus, Chinese health officials revealed in a report Saturday. The victim, a 53-year-old veterinarian based in Beijing, was the first documented human case of the virus in China. According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the man worked in a research institute that specialized in nonhuman primate

China Reports a Human Case of H5N6 Bird Flu

#China Reports a Human Case of #H5N6 Bird #Flu #avianflu #birdflu #influenza A man has been hospitalized in southwestern China after contracting the H5N6 strain of avian flu, Chinese state news media reported on Thursday, a reminder that the world is full of flu viruses even during a coronavirus pandemic. The man, 55, was hospitalized in Bazhong, a city in the southwestern province of Sichuan, after coming down with a fever and testing positive for the virus on July 6, the st

Case of Human Bird Flu Reported in China

Case of Human #BirdFlu Reported in #China #flu #avianflu #influenza A man in China has been hospitalized after contracting a strain of avian flu, a state broadcaster reported Thursday. The 55-year-old man tested positive for #H5N6, or avian influenza A, in Bazhong City, in China's southwestern Sichuan Province, the broadcaster said. The man began showing symptoms of a fever on June 30 and tested positive for the bird flu on July 6. Local authorities have activated an emergenc

It’s official: China has eliminated malaria

#China — a country that had 30 million cases of #malaria per year in the 1940s — is officially free of the disease. Among the innovations that helped to achieve the milestone was pharmaceutical chemist Tu Youyou’s Nobel-winning work on the malaria treatment #artemisinin. The World Health Organization (WHO) today is certifying China as free of malaria, after a decadeslong effort drove an estimated annual toll of 30 million cases in the 1940s, including 300,000 deaths, to zero

China has administered more than 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses

#China has administered more than 1 billion #COVID19 vaccine doses. A total of 1,010,489,000 doses have been given as of Saturday. Those doses are almost 40% of the 2.5 billion shots administered globally. China has administered more than 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses, an astonishing milestone that comes as the country rolls out an unrivaled inoculation drive. A total of 1,010,489,000 doses have been given as of Saturday, China's National Health Commission (NHC) said in a

Changes of avian influenza virus subtypes before and after vaccination in live poultry in China

#avianflu #flu #influenza #birdflu #China We investigated fluctuations in the detection rates of avian influenza virus (AIV) subtypes H5, H7, and H9 in live bird markets (LBMs) in Nanchang city, Chinese province Jiangxi, before and after the Chinese nationwide AIV vaccination campaign against highly pathogenic (HP) AIV subtype H5 and H7. Samples were tested for nucleic acid of type A avian influenza virus by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction technology

WHO approval of Chinese CoronaVac COVID vaccine will be crucial to curbing pandemic

#COVID19 #coronavirus #CoronaVac #COVIDvaccine #China WHO approved a 2nd Chinese vaccine for emergency use. CoronaVac was 51% effective at preventing COVID19 in late-stage trials. Overall protection is lower than for other vaccines already approved. But it is 100% effective at preventing severe disease & death. CoronaVac is one of two Chinese vaccines already sustaining vaccination campaigns in more than 70 nations. Both should soon be much more widely available to low-income

We may never know where the coronavirus came from. But evidence still suggests nature

#SARSCoV2 #coronavirus #COVID19 #China #Wuhan Labs like the one in Wuhan are essential to preparing for future pandemics From the moment the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, emerged in Wuhan, China, scientists and the broader public have sought answers to some fundamental questions: Where did this virus come from? How did the pandemic start? From the early days, experts have considered two possibilities. Either the virus somehow escaped from a laboratory, perhaps the Wuhan Inst

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