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NS1 Protein Mutation Weakens Seasonal Flu Virus

A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body’s immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future. A new approach to the live flu vaccine would be particularly advantageous right now […]

What Is Meningococcal Meningitis And What Are The Symptoms?

Stories of meningococcal outbreaks tell us it’s that season again. But what is meningococcal meningitis, why does it occur in seasons, and why does it strike fear into the hearts of so many? Meningococcus (Nisseria meningitidis) is type of bacterium that only occurs in humans. It is found living intermittently in the nasal passages of […]

Legionnaires’ Disease: Summer & Early Fall Outbreaks Not Unusual

Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in a handful of states this summer and fall. Now, an outbreak of the disease has killed an eighth person in Illinois, and sickened 41. The cases are mostly confined to a veterans home, health and veterans affairs officials report. All unrelated cases are part of a typical pattern observed […]