Surge of SARS-CoV-2 Variants in China and USA Further Emphasizes Need for Surveillance, Preparedness, and International Collaborations

BALTIMORE, MD, January 9, 2023: Christian Bréchot, MD, PhD, President of the Global Virus Network (GVN), Associate Vice President for International Partnerships and Innovation at the University of South Florida and Professor of the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the GVN Southeast U.S. Regional Headquarters…

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GVN Statement on SARS-CoV-2 Variant BF7

SARS-CoV-2 variants continue to appear worldwide. There is some concern about the variant BF7, shorthand for BA.5.2.1.7, which reportedly is spreading in China. BA.5.2.1.7 is part of the Omicron lineage of SARS-CoV-2 and had been indicated as a potential variant of concern. Recent data from the US CDC and other agencies in other countries, however, show…

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Lassa fever vaccine development: Where are we?

Lassa fever vaccine development: Where are we? Joseph Anejo-Okopi, PhD1,2. 1Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo, Nigeria. 2AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria Email Address: [email protected], [email protected], December 5, 2022 Introduction  Lassa virus (LASV) causes acute viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) called Lassa fever (LF)…

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Newly Resurgent

December 5, 2022 Introduction  We seem to be in a sort of Golden Age of respiratory viruses, including flu, SARS-CoV2 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is an enveloped negative strand RNA virus with a genome of approximately 15,000 nucleotides encoding 11 proteins. There are two serotypes, A and B, which can be discriminated by…

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Global Virus Network (GVN) Adds Thailand’s Mahidol University as Newest Member to Combat Viral Threats

Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 26, 2022: The Global Virus Network (GVN), representing 68 Centers of Excellence and 11 Affiliates in 39 countries comprising foremost experts in every class of virus causing disease in humans, and the Mahidol University in Thailand announced the addition of the Mahidol Virus Network as GVN’s newest Center of Excellence. “We…

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Aided by GVN and IHV, Kerala, India Celebrates Major Milestones to Advance Virus Research

Aided by GVN and IHV, Kerala, India Celebrates Major Milestones to Advance Virus Research October 6, 2022 During a conference attended by thousands, Dr. Gallo’s Malayalam Language Edition of “Virus Hunting” Was Released   Thousands of students listened to Dr. Robert Gallo’s virtual lecture, “General Reflections on Pandemics and the Importance of the Global Virus Network…

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Langya Virus

Langya Virus August 15, 2022 A sentinel surveillance study in China has detected the zoonotic Langya henipavirus (Paramyxoviridae) in 35 patients. RNA of the virus was found in 27% of shrews in the wild, revealing a potential animal reservoir. Zoonotic transmission is the first step potentially leading to “jumps” across species. Currently, there is no evidence of…

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World Hepatitis Day 2022

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by viral hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis B and C are estimated to affect half a billion of people. Many more are affected by acute hepatitis, especially in developing countries, resulting in significant symptoms, including death. Recently, clusters of cases of non A-E viral hepatis have raised concerns, and…

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Global Virus Network (GVN) Convenes First-Of-Its-Kind Conference To Evaluate The Public Health Magnitude Of Long-COVID And Define A Global Research Roadmap To Address The Crisis

World Leaders in Science, Healthcare, Academia, Business and Government Discuss Issues and Ramifications of Long Covid Baltimore, MD, USA (July 22, 2022) – The Global Virus Network (GVN), a coalition of world leading medical virology research centers, yesterday concluded a two-day gathering on the ‘Science of Long COVID.’ The first-of-its-kind conference reviewed the wealth of cohort…

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