Global Virus Network Experts Convene to Discuss H5N1 Flu

On May 13 at 10 a.m. EDT, the Global Virus Network will host an ad hoc panel of experts to discuss the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) circulating worldwide, now considered a “pandemic among animals” (panzootic). This panel brings together experts to discuss and analyze potential implications for human health and global health security,…

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Battling Pandemic Viruses Like Avian Influenza

Authors: Maggie L. Bartlett, PhD, and Sten Vermund, MD, PhD The increasing number of avian influenza spillovers to non-bird species demands innovation to prevent a future influenza pandemic. As deadly as the coronavirus pandemic has been, the catastrophic potential of influenza viruses is much worse. The 1918-1919 influenza pandemic infected a third of the world‚Äôs…

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Avian Influenza Viruses

Avian Influenza Viruses November 26, 2021 The global¬†death toll¬†from¬†COVID-19¬†reached 5 million¬†on November 1, 2021, but the actual figures are likely much higher (1). In recent history, the 1918 H1N1 flu pandemic caused by an Influenza A (H1N1) virus was the most severe known pandemic, killing more than 50 million people worldwide (2). The sequence analysis…

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COVID-19 Vs. Influenza: Influenza Vaccination Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Severe acute respiratory syndrome‚Äďcoronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a highly contagious virus, emerged in 2019 from Wuhan, China (1). It rapidly spread around the world causing a novel acute respiratory disease, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Consequently, the current COVID-19 pandemic impacts global health and…

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Confronting Ebola at its Origins: GVN Member, The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Deploys their Mobile Diagnostic Laboratory to Sierra Leone

The 2014/15 outbreak of Ebola virus disease is the largest ever reported of this deadly, highly infectious, hemorrhagic disease since its initial discovery in humans in 1976. The current outbreak was first recognized in March, 2014 in Guinea and has since crossed international boundaries into Sierra Leone and Liberia where case numbers have now surpassed…

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A New Pathogen in Paradise

A New Pathogen in Paradise A new virus with a strange name recently emerged in the popular press and the public consciousness.¬†On 19 December 2013, two confirmed cases of locally acquired¬†chikungunyavirus (CHIK)¬†were reported on the¬†French Caribbean island of¬†Martinique.¬†The World Health Organization¬†announced¬†that¬†this is¬†the¬†first¬†time local transmission of this virus has been detected in the Americas.   CHIK¬†is…

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Chikunguya virus (CHIKV) outbreak in St. Martin

Chikunguya virus (CHIKV) outbreak in St. Martin December 20, 2013, Baltimore, MD: St. Martin, in the Caribbean, is the first country in the Western Hemisphere to experience a Chikunguya virus (CHIKV) outbreak. Global Virus Network (GVN) member of the Sweden-Estonia GVN Center of Excellence and CHIKV specialist, Andres Merits, PhD says once we know the…

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