Ebola virus disease or cholera, central Democratic Republic of Congo 2018?

Submitted by Katharina Kopp on Wed, 07/04/2018 - 14:48

Has the recent Ebola epidemic moved from western to central Democratic Republic of Congo, is it a new outbreak of Ebola, or is it "just" an ongoing cholera epidemic in the central region?

Lusambo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):  30 cases of diarrhea recorded.


Zoonotic Virus Discovery Reference List

Submitted by Katharina Kopp on Tue, 04/10/2018 - 01:22

#NovelVirus     #Zoonotic     #Sequence-based

Last update 27 April 2018


1: de Oliveira Carneiro I, Sander AL, Silva N, Moreira-Soto A, Normann A, Flehmig B, Lukashev AN, Dotzauer A, Wieseke N, Franke CR, Drexler JF. A novel marsupial hepatitis A virus corroborates complex evolutionary patterns shaping the genus Hepatovirus. J Virol. 2018 Apr 25. pii: JVI.00082-18. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00082-18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29695421.

The Next Pandemic?

Submitted by Katharina Kopp on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:23

Don’t miss Disease X!

Stay on top of the latest scientific literature on zoonotic virus discovery.

Keeping up with the ever-increasing list of new and emerging viral zoonoses can be challenging. Especially in the face of a current or recent outbreak, such as the Ebola, Zika, or Lassa epidemic, you will find plenty of publications on a certain pathogen.

Rabies - Why dogs are man's best friend, indeed

Submitted by Katharina Kopp on Sun, 03/18/2018 - 16:35

In human patients rabies is almost 100% fatal. Which makes it the most deadly “killer” of all zoonotic infectious diseases. But there is hope that it could be eradicated in near future. Post-exposure prophylaxis is a successful treatment. However, it is very expensive and not always accessible in resource-poor regions. The most promising strategy is to vaccinate the majority of domestic dogs. Field evidence clearly supports this One Health approach.