Scientists working to control a human outbreak of monkeypox virus (MXPV) in Nigeria performed genetic sequencing of patient samples, revealing that the outbreak likely originated from a source within the country. Their results emphasize the value of local surveillance for the early detection of viral spillovers and the need for advanced genetic characterization to help determine the origins of outbreaks.
Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses.
An ingredient commonly found in toothpaste could be employed as an anti-malarial drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant to one of the currently used drugs. This discovery, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, was aided by Eve, an artificially intelligent 'robot scientist.'
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases is happy to announce the publication of a new collection, 'DeWorm3' on Jan. 18, 2018.
The study shows that sampling headwaters where streams form can identify which landscapes are resilient enough to handle the rigors of farming and which are vulnerable to leaching toxic residue into waterways.
Nearly a quarter of patients with chronic ischemic cardiovascular disease are dead or hospitalized within six months, reports a European Society of Cardiology study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
We collected 118 soil samples from seven African countries and analyzed them for lead. Contamination levels ranged up to 14 percent lead. As the lead battery industry continues to expand, it is expected that the number and size of lead battery recycling plants will increase. There is an immediate need to address ongoing exposures, restrict emissions, and to regulate site closure financing procedures to ensure that we do not leave behind a legacy of lead contamination.
Cervical dilatation during labor for vaginal births can progress more slowly than the widely accepted benchmark of 1 cm/hour in many women, according to a new data published this week in PLOS Medicine.
A new study that seeks to better ascertain HIV mortality rates in Zambia could provide a model for improved national and regional surveillance approaches, and ultimately, more effective HIV treatment strategies.
Canadian researchers' innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu.