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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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Structural biology reveals new opportunities to combat tuberculosis

Researchers study the secretion system ESX-5 of Mycobacterium #tuberculosis at high resolution. The ESX-5 core is built of 30 protein units, which form a membrane pore to allow secretion of proteins that enable the bacteria to multiply inside human cells. Tuberculosis is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide, infecting about one-quarter of the world's population. Although it is treatable, the rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis poses a major threat to global healt

US CDC investigating TB cases linked to tainted bone repair product used in more than 100 patients

US health officials are investigating a rare #tuberculosis outbreak among >100 patients who may have been infected after having spinal surgery or fracture repairs this spring with a bone product contaminated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The manufacturer of the bone repair product has recalled 154 containers of the material — a malleable bone putty that includes human cells and is used in a variety of orthopedic procedures. The products were shipped to 37 facilities in 20

TB immune response discovery could significantly reduce disease harm

Researchers find that, by targeting the #IL17 cytokine, a component produced naturally by the immune system in response to Mycobacterium #tuberculosis infection, excessive & damaging lung #inflammation caused by #TB may be significantly reduced to help speed up patient recovery Read more at:

Quality of Tuberculosis Care - free eBook

Free eBook on quality of #TB care. By Mayo Clinic TB center, @McGill_TB & @tb_ppm, with over 50 authors. Dedicated to the millions of people who battle #tuberculosis every year.

What is pneumonia? (free video)

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by a variety of different pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mycobacteria. #pneumonia #tuberculosis #TB #microbes #infection

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