Infection

Langya (LayV) henipavirus emerges in China

Langya (LayV) henipavirus emerges in China

Langya (LayV) is a henipavirus, the genus that includes the Hendra and Nipah viruses. According to an article in New Scientist it appears to be “most closely related to Mojiang henipavirus”, which was linked to the onset of severe pneumonia and death in three men in...

The monkeypox vaccine: how much do we know?

The monkeypox vaccine: how much do we know?

As monkeypox cases across the world continue to increase, rollouts of the one licensed vaccine are under pressure. In the UK, questions about the number of doses were posed in a letter written by LGBTQ+ groups. In the US, NIH scientists have started to explore...

Pan-coronavirus vaccine hopes boosted by cold immunity

Pan-coronavirus vaccine hopes boosted by cold immunity

Scientists at La Jolla Institute for immunology in California have concluded that patients with a stronger immune response to the coronaviruses that cause cold-like symptoms may be “better protected against covid-19". This offers the hope that a pan-coronavirus...

Lyme disease vaccine candidate proceeds to Phase III study

Lyme disease vaccine candidate proceeds to Phase III study

Lyme disease is a systemic infection transmitted to humans by infected ticks, caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. It is the most common vector-borne illness in the Northern Hemisphere. According to the CDC, state health departments report 30,000 cases each...

UKHSA under vaccine pressure as monkeypox continues

UKHSA under vaccine pressure as monkeypox continues

British LGBTQ+ groups across a spectrum of political parties wrote to the UK's Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay in August 2022 to demand urgent action against monkeypox. The letter stated that the UKHSA “has procured just over half” the required quantity...

Antimicrobial resistant bacteria discovered in new-borns

Antimicrobial resistant bacteria discovered in new-borns

A study in Nature Microbiology explored links between the presence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria isolated from mothers and their new-borns across 7 countries. The study was coordinated by Professor Tim Walsh at the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial...

Emerging emergencies require top authority

Emerging emergencies require top authority

In July 2022 the Director-General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared monkeypox to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This is the seventh of its kind since 2005.   The PHEIC is overseen by the International Health...