Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was first identified in 2003 when an outbreak occurred in China and spread to four continents, killing nearly 800 people. The Pasteur Institute in Paris reported they lost over 2,000 SARS vials last week.
Medical staff from the World Health Organization as well as Doctors Without Borders flocked to Guinea following an unabated Ebola Virus outbreak that began in February. The virus has slowed, but diagnoses and deaths are still occurring.
After nearly two months of panic and a mob attack on a medical facility in Guinea, some patients who were infected with the Ebola virus are recovering, which could restore hope that the spread of the deadly disease is beginning to wane.
With the rising Ebola virus threat occurring in West Africa, health officials have instituted treatment centers to try and halt the spread of the disease. However, a mob attacked one of the centers in Guinea and forced its shutdown.
Lassa fever is a common viral fever in West Africa that is carried by rodents and easily transmitted from person to person. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a traveler who came back from West Africa.
Out of the 122 documented cases thus far, approximately 80 people have died in Guinea as a result of the Ebola Virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending a team of five experts to fight the outbreak in Western Africa.
Still racing to contain the deadly Ebola virus that has killed 78 people, Guinea is worried that their capital city could witness an unprecedented effect of the disease. As a result, Senegal has closed its border to Guinea until further notice.
Beginning on February 9, cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the Guinea region of Africa. Since then, the death toll has reached 66 and the virus is threatening the country’s capital, and spreading to nearby Sierra Leone and Liberia.
A mysterious oval shaped giant virus trapped inside the Siberian permafrost for nearly 30,000 years, has finally been resurrected, according to a latest finding. The virus is found to be active.
Wild bumblebees are important contributors to the ecosystem. They provide pollination to a lot of the world’s flowers as well as foods, helping produce 87 of the leading food crops worldwide. If they were lost in nature, it would be devastating for plants.
Hantavirus is a mysterious and lethal microorganism in which 30 cases are reported in the United States each year. It suddenly appeared in the Southwest over 20 years ago in an outbreak that killed over a dozen people. The virus is considered extremely deadly, causing deaths in 30 – 40% of its cas...
Scientists have proved for the first time that the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus that has killed 71 people can also infect camels, strengthening suspicions the animals may be a source of the human outbreak.