Navigation Links
American Academy of Microbiology publishes West Nile virus report
Date:7/18/2013

Where does the virus come from? How is it spread? Can we predict when and where outbreaks will occur? What factors determine how sick a person will become if they are infected with West Nile virus?

To help answer the many questions people have about this multi-faceted virus, the American Academy of Microbiology has issued a new report entitled FAQ: West Nile Virus. The Academy convened twenty-two of the world's leading experts on West Nile virus in March, 2013 to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about West Nile virus. The resultant report provides non-technical, science-based answers to questions that people may have about the virus.

"West Nile virus is the most significant exotic mosquito-borne disease that has come to the contiguous United States in the last century," according to Dr. Lyle Peterson, Director of the Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Outbreaks have proven extremely difficult to predict and control and have been associated with considerable morbidity. The large outbreak in 2012, which caught many by surprise, indicates that West Nile virus will remain a formidable public health challenge for years to come."

Indeed, 2012 marked the largest outbreak of West Nile virus in the United States since 2003, and already in 2013, mosquitos infected with this potentially deadly virus have been detected in 21 states with human cases of West Nile infection reported in California, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. Where does the virus come from? How is it spread? Can we predict when and where outbreaks will occur? What factors determine how sick a person will become if they are infected with West Nile virus?

"We desperately need to better understand the ecology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of this virus in order to develop effective preventive measures and antiviral therapy," says Dr. Ken Tyler, University of Colorado in Denver.

To help answer the many questions people have about this multi-faceted virus, the American Academy of Microbiology has issued a new report entitled FAQ: West Nile Virus. The Academy convened twenty-two of the world's leading experts on West Nile virus in March, 2013 to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about West Nile virus. The resultant report provides non-technical, science-based answers to questions that people may have about the virus.

Some of the questions the report considers include:

  • How did West Nile virus spread across the country so quickly?
  • Why do some people get West Nile fever or neuroinvasive disease?
  • Can the severity of West Nile neuroinvasive disease change from year to year?
  • Can West Nile virus outbreaks be prevented?

FAQ: West Nile virus is the latest offering in a series of reports designed to provide a rapid response to emerging issues or to highlight the role of microbes in daily life. Previous FAQ reports have covered topics like the role of microorganisms in cleaning up oil spills and the central role of yeast in the production of beer.

The report is available online at http://bit.ly/13mG7W2.


'/>"/>

Contact: Garth Hogan
ghogan@asmusa.org
202-942-9389
American Society for Microbiology
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. The American Society for Microbiology honors Frank Leo van de Veerdonk
2. The American Society for Microbiology honors Baligh Yehia
3. The American Society for Microbiology honors George L. Drusano
4. The American Society for Microbiology honors Ken Cadwell
5. American Chemical Society global program tackles safe drinking water in Colombia
6. The American Society for Microbiology honors Marc Torrent
7. The American Society for Microbiology honors Joshua Obar
8. AMP joins the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
9. American Chemical Societys highest honor goes to Stephen J. Lippard, Ph.D.
10. Medicine, energy topics of Kavli lectures at American Chemical Society meeting
11. Save the date: American Chemical Society National Meeting, Sept. 8-12, 2013, in Indianapolis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 15, 2019 , ... RCH ... Life Sciences and Healthcare companies, announces the availability of new specialty advisory practice, ... direction to start-up and emerging bio-pharma companies interested in achieving specific outcomes related ...
(Date:7/9/2019)... ... July 09, 2019 , ... Murrieta Genomics, a launch pad ... The founder and CEO of Tx Genetic, Helen Harrison, has spent several years ... epithelial connective tissue disorders. , “We are pleased and excited to join the ...
(Date:6/25/2019)... ... , ... ActX has launched a medical genetic interpretation ... can get access to professionally reviewed genetic screening similar to what a physician ... + Ancestry customers., With the ActX + 23andMe service, both 23andMe customers and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/11/2019)... LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) , ... July 11, 2019 , ... ... 2019, R3 provided complimentary regenerative therapies to eight military Veterans under the R3 Heroes ... procedures being complimentary. , The R3 Heroes Program allow anyone to nominate a military ...
(Date:7/9/2019)... ... July 08, 2019 , ... Balluff has been named a ... the 2019 Innovative Product of the Year which highlights cutting-edge advancements and achievements ... Sensors Expo & Conference 2019, held this week in San Jose, California. ...
(Date:6/26/2019)... ... ... Alice Branton today released research results from preclinical trials on the beneficial impact ... to be beneficial for treating Hypomagnesemia. , The preclinical trial shows:, ... Over 142% increase in particle size , Over 3% alteration ...
(Date:6/18/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Personalized Stem Cells, Inc (“PSC”), a human adipose-derived ... for use of a person’s own adipose-derived stem cells to treat their osteoarthritis. The ... This IND is the first of several planned clinical trials which will enable ...
Breaking Biology Technology: