Confusingly similar

This is about two diseases with very similar symptoms, but completely different causes: chikungunya virus infection and rheumatoid arthritis. The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is transmitted to humans by mosquito bites, particularly from yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). These insects may not only transmit CHIKV, but also dengue fever, […]


Hantavirus infections on the rise

Clinicians and biologists expect increasing numbers of infections with hantaviruses in Germany this year due to the ongoing strong reproduction of the bank vole and the striped field mouse. The rodents function as reservoirs and spread the virus through their excrements. Dust, contaminated with the pathogen, may be inhaled by humans when sweeping a shed


Subclinical MERS infections found especially in camel workers

A large cross-sectional serostudy of blood donors in Saudi Arabia has revealed a significant number of subclinical infections with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), which pose a likely source of infection in previously unexplained outbreaks of MERS. Notably, the prevalence of antibodies against MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was significantly higher in persons with regular exposure

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