MICROBIOLOGY

Influenza Viruses

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In 2015, a highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus (H5N2) wiped out 5 million turkeys in Minnesota. Turkey farms in Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin were also hit hard. Chicken…

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Host Resistance to Viral Infections

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Samaritan’s Purse medical missionary Dr. Kent Brantly survived Ebola virus disease. He was infected with Ebola virus while treating and caring for patients in Liberia during the 2014 Ebola epidemic…

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Epidemiology

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Veterinarian Hasan Alkaf draws a blood sample from a camel after the first reported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Haramout, Yemen, in April 2014. Yemeni participants in…

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Viruses and Cancer

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Multiphoton fluorescence image of HeLa cells containing a fluorescent protein targeted to the Golgi apparatus (orange). HeLa cells are the oldest and one of the most commonly used human cell…

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

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Hopes are high that there will someday be an end to the HIV epidemic. Activism, research, and global commitment are paving the way. Today, the need is urgent to fill…

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New and Reemerging Viruses

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Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE). He is following the required decontamination protocol in order to exit…

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Hepatitis Viruses

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Some studies have found a correlation between tattooing and hepatitis C virus infection in very selected populations, such as prisoners using makeshift tattooing devices. © Charles Knox/Shutterstock. “Love is like…

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Herpesviruses

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Vaccines available in the United States to prevent infections caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV), a herpesvirus that causes chickenpox and shingles. (a) The measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), or…

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Poxviruses

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(a) Photograph of Dr. Donald A. Henderson standing in front of a “Smallpox Zero” sign at an unknown location. Dr. Henderson headed the international efforts in the 1960s to eradicate…

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