Monkeypox outbreak ‘reversed’ in Victoria with no new cases for weeks

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the state’s monkeypox outbreak has “turned around” with no new cases reported in the past few weeks. Key points: Victoria’s monkeypox has remained at 67 since September 7 Professor Sutton said community responsiveness to the outbreak was crucial to slowing the spread Those eligible for vaccines are encouraged … Read more

A cancer-fighting version of herpes shows promise in early human trials

An illustration of a herpes simplex virus. Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists may be able to turn a longtime bacterial enemy into a cancer-fighting ally, new research suggests this week. In preliminary data from a phase I trial, a genetically modified version of the herpes virus has shown promise in treating difficult-to-eradicate tumors, with one patient … Read more

Sarbecovirus discovered in Russian bats can infect humans and is resistant to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines

A recently discovered virus in a Russian bat that resembles SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, is likely capable of infecting humans and, should it spread, is resistant to current vaccines. A team led by researchers at Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Health found spike proteins from the bat virus, called Khosta-2, … Read more

Vaccine boosters and breakthrough infections provide significant immunity to COVID-19

Vaccine boosters and post-vaccination breakthrough infections both confer significant and potentially pandemic-breaking immunity against COVID-19, according to new laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Withis the latest in a series of OHSU discoveries using blood samples to characterize the immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. … Read more

Vaccine boosters and breakthrough infections provide significant immunity to COVID-19

Vaccine boosters and post-vaccination breakthrough infections both confer significant and potentially pandemic-breaking immunity against COVID-19, according to new laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Withis the latest in a series of OHSU discoveries using blood samples to characterize the immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. … Read more

Novel antiviral mechanism of action for an FDA-approved thiopurine known as 6-thioguanine

In a recent study published in PLoS Pathogensresearchers described a new antiviral mechanism of action for an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved thiopurine known as 6-thioguanine (6-TG). Study: Thiopurines inhibit coronavirus Spike protein processing and incorporation into progeny virions. Image credit: Bacsica/Shutterstock Background The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has spurred … Read more

Viable monkeypox virus found in almost all environmental samples from the patient’s room in the first week after infection

In a recent study sent out to withRxiv* pre-print server, researchers investigated the presence of viable monkeypox virus (MPXV) in a room occupied by an infected male patient admitted to the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Singapore. Investigation: Viable Monkeypox virus in the environment of a patient room. Image credit: Marina Demidiuk/Shutterstock Background MPXV … Read more

What wastewater can tell us about outbreaks of Covid-, Monkeypox and Poliovirus | WSJ – Wall Street Journal

What wastewater can tell us about outbreaks of Covid-, Monkeypox and Poliovirus | WSJThe Wall Street Journal How wastewater could revolutionize surveillance of pathogens like COVID, monkeypox and polioCBC News How wastewater helps in the fight against infectious diseasesCBC News: The National What sewage can tell us about outbreaks of polio, monkeypox and Covid-19The Wall … Read more

The FDA warns that monkeypox can mutate and become resistant to the antiviral drug Tpoxx

US health officials warn against overusing the lone anti-monkey drug currently available, saying even a small mutation to the virus could render the drug ineffective. Siga Technologies/AP WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health officials are warning against overusing the only drug available to treat monkeypox, saying even a small mutation in the virus could render the … Read more

Riverside County reports its first case of child with monkeypox

Officials said the child, who is under the age of 10, lives in western Riverside County and has been recovering at home. RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) — Riverside County has announced its first case of monkeypox in a child. The child, who is under the age of 10, lives in western Riverside County and has been … Read more