Scientists have uncovered the virus behind disintegrating starfish. Not only that, but they've discovered what's behind the disease's sudden appearance, which has decimated sea stars on the North American Pacific Coast.
Koalas may be revealing new clues about the origins of the human genome. Scientists have recently discovered that 39 different koala retroviruses in a koala's genome were all endogenous, which means they've been passed down to the koala from one parent or the other.
Scientists have discovered that viruses can convert their DNA from a solid to a liquid form, which explains why they're so efficient at infecting host cells.
A laser may just make an atomic-force microscope probe 20 times more sensitive. Scientists have found a way to make these microscopes powerful enough to detect forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.
Every few months, media outlets warn about the dangers of new medical issues; oftentimes, this may be some sort of ongoing virus. Yet only recently did scientists discover a previously unknown virus that's been hiding in the gut bacteria of millions throughout three different continents.
It turns out that there may be a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades.
The latest update on the West African Ebola virus outbreak comes from Monrovia, Liberia, where seven people have died, according to health officials. These are the first deaths Liberia’s capital has recorded since the outbreak began.
The Chikungunya virus is an illness spread by mosquito bites and is typically characterized by fever and joint pain. As of June 4, a total of 17 Caribbean countries have reported cases of the virus, and now the United States has confirmed cases.
Sierra Leone, a country that was once Ebola-proof as outbreaks were frequent throughout Guinea, is now witnessing the highest number of infections and cases of the virus since Guinea documented the first victim in December.
The World Health Organization released a report on Wednesday about a spike in the number of cases and deaths from the Ebola virus in Guinea. The outbreak slowed in April and the beginning of May, but it has picked back up in recent weeks.
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been an epidemic in Saudi Arabia, with over 570 confirmed cases and 190 deaths. But new reports have added to these totals, including an additional 113 cases and 92 deaths.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Cruise Ship Virus,” also known as Norovirus, infects about 20 million people each year and is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the country.