Viruses Archive

Connecting Zika and Birth Defects

Over the years public health officials have had to deal with numerous emerging diseases; SARS, Lyme Disease, Ebola and most recently, Zika virus. While some of these diseases have been around for years, sometimes they …

Infographic – Zika Virus

The Zika virus seems to have come out of nowhere, but in reality it has been documented since the early 20th century. So why has it been in the news recently? Once it spread to …

Influenza Resources

We have prepared some facts, graphics and a few links to some useful videos on influenza for upcoming flu season. What is Influenza? Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection …

Infographic : What is MERS?

In the wake of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the recent epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (or MERS) in South Korea has focused attention once gain on viruses that have the ability to …

Viruses in the Human Genome?

Since we are in flu season, you are probably aware that viruses enjoy taking over our lives, but not all viruses cause disease. In fact, there are many different outcomes for a virus after it …

Video: Viral Life Cycle

Our latest video summarizes the stages of the viral life cycle for a DNA virus. Coming soon are animations of how a retrovirus (RNA-virus) infects cells and an updated article on the influenza virus. Follow …

What Lies Inside New York City’s Rats

To live in any city in America means to live alongside Rattus novegiucus– the Norwegian rat, also known as the common rat or brown rat. In New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, Rattus novegiucus …

Things to Know about Ebola

The recent outbreaks of Ebola in Africa have focused  media attention on viruses and the science of epidemiology. Let’s  take a look at some questions about the Ebola virus: What is the Ebola virus and …

Five Things to Know about Chikungunya

In recent months, a disease has crept across the Atlantic from Africa and Asia. Carried and transmitted by mosquitos, it has swept across the Caribbean and even into the United States of America within the …
H7N9 Virus and Humans

H7N9 Virus and Humans

Over the next few weeks you are more than likely going to be hearing a lot more about H7N9, the virus that is now recognized to be associated with the death of several individuals in …
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Naming an Influenza Virus

For an updated version of this article – please see Naming the 2015-2016 Influenza Viruses Fall is in the air, temperatures are getting colder, and flu season is about to begin. Soon, we will be …