African sleeping sickness is caused by the single-cell parasite Trypanosoma brucei and is spread by infected tsetse flies in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is deadly, affecting both humans and livestock … Continue Reading Previously unknown protective enzyme identified in the sleeping sickness parasite.
Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome … Continue Reading The genomes and origins of the leprosy bacterias compared for the first time.
In the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, whose death toll is approaching 10,000, little information has been available about how the human immune response unfolds after infection. Now, researchers … Continue Reading First look at hospitalized Ebola survivors’ immune cells finds no immunosuppression.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting on the discovery of a new virus that may have contributed to the death of a previously healthy man in … Continue Reading The CDC announces the discovery of a new virus.
Doctors treating patients battling both HIV and tuberculosis (TB), many of whom live in Africa, are faced with the decision when to start those patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) while … Continue Reading Newly identified blood biomarkers predict early death, complications in HIV patients with TB.