Open any history book on pathology and smallpox is likely to be described as a very ancient disease, responsible for killing the odd Egyptian pharaoh or two. New tests, however, suggest the virus may not be as old as previously thought.
An anti-bacterial cloth, effective against a range of pathogenic bacteria, has been developed. In studies the cloth has proven to be effective in avoiding wound contamination. Applications include bandages and face masks.
The biggest cause of food poisoning globally is the bacterium Bacillus cereus. New research suggests that the organism is more deadly than realized: the bacterium can produce 19 different variants of its harmful toxin.
An investigation is underway to determine how a pathogenic bacteria was released from a high-security laboratory in the U.S. The incident happened in November 2014, but it has only just been made public.
A research group has developed a first light-activated antimicrobial surface that can kill pathogenic bacteria even in the dark. It is hoped that the use of the surface will reduce hospital acquired infections.
Today, Feb 28, is the seventh Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day is an annual, awareness-raising event coordinated by EURORDIS at the international level and by National Alliances and Patient Organisations at the national level.
With a scientific name that holds little meaning for the general public, Cryptococcus gattii is a relatively new fungal pathogen in North America that is completely capable of killing those it infects.