Studies Find Existing and Experimental Drugs Active against MERS-Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – May 19, 2014 – A series of research articles published ahead of print in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy have identified a number of existing pharmaceutical drugs and compounds under development that may offer effective therapies against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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Humans and Companion Animals Harbor the Same Types of MRSA Infections

 

WASHINGTON, DC – May 13, 2014 – A shared population of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria circulates both in humans and companion animals, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Distinct Avian Influenza Viruses Found in Antarctic Penguins

WASHINGTON, DC – May 6, 2014 – An international team of researchers has, for the first time, identified an avian influenza virus in a group of Adélie penguins from Antarctica. The virus, found to be unlike any other circulating avian flu, is described in a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Potential Cure For Captive Amphibians With Chytrid Fungus

WASHINGTON, DC – May 12, 2014 – Researchers at Vanderbilt University have identified an alternative to a sometimes toxic therapy that protects frogs in zoos from a deadly fungal infection that has been destroying the amphibian populations worldwide.  Their research is published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Tomato Turf Wars: Benign Bug Bests Salmonella. Tomato Eaters Win

WASHINGTON, DC – May 5, 2014 – Scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have identified a benign bacterium that shows promise in blocking Salmonella from colonizing raw tomatoes. Their research is published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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