Influenza surveillance: Should we be monitoring swine herds? (MWV38)

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Pandemic H1N1 virus may be or may soon become endemic in large modern swine confinement facilities. Despite this, there is a paucity of influenza surveillance that is currently being conducted among swine populations. Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interview Dr. Gregory Gray, University of Florida, Gainesville, about the importance of conducting influenza surveillance among pigs and workers in these facilities in hopes that we might quickly detect the emergence...

Adaptation and Evolution: The Life of an RNA Virus (MWV35)

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From the flu to HIV, RNA viruses challenge our immune systems like no other infectious agent on the planet. RNA viruses provide unique insights into the patterns and processes of evolutionary change in real time. The study of viral evolution is especially topical given the growing awareness that emerging and re-emerging diseases (most of which are caused by RNA viruses) represent a major threat to public health. How do RNA viruses adapt and change, and how do our bodies respond? Why are...

Dr. Greg Poland, Director of Mayo Vaccine Research Group, discusses H1N1 updates (Part 2)

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In this video recorded November 19, 2009, Dr. Gregory Poland, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Mayo Vaccine Research group, discusses his review article to be published in the January 2010 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings ( www.mayoclinicproceedings.com ) review and to be published ahead of print in early December 2009 and provides updates on H1N1. In this segment of the interview, Dr. Poland addresses primarily a health care professional audience and...

Dr. Greg Poland, Director of Mayo Vaccine Research Group, provides H1N1 updates (Part 1)

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Dr. Greg Poland, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Mayo Clinic and Director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, discusses his Mayo Clinic Proceedings review article on H1N1 (to be published ahead of print in early December 2009, available at www.mayoclinicproceedings.com ). In this segment of the interview, Dr. Poland discusses the continued importance of being vaccinated and the prospect of future waves of H1N! Infection, identifies the groups most at risk, discusses the...

This Week in Virology - Live in Philly (MWV29)

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MicrobeWorld Video presents episode 33 of This Week in Virology. Hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dick Despommier and guest Raul Andino recorded TWiV live at the ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, where they discussed increased arterial blood pressure caused by cytomegalovirus infection, restriction of influenza replication at low temperature by the avian viral glycoproteins, first isolation of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania, and current status of influenza. Links for this episode:...

UCSD Physician Discusses the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Virus, Symptoms and Prevention

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Dr. Randy Taplitz, the clinical director of infectious diseases at the UCSD Medical Center, talks about what swine flu is; why it's been a cause of concern for public health officials; and how to protect yourself from this new virus.