Entries by Martha Nelson

Bear Flu

MISMS researchers identify the cause of sloth bear deaths at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC: human-to-bear transmission of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza A virus. Full article. Impacts An infection of a sloth bear with the pH1N1 (2009) influenza A virus is confirmed for the first time. Human origin of infection is strongly suspected. […]

PLoS Comp Biol: drivers of spread of seasonal influenza in the US during 2002-2010

MISMS researchers analyzed fine-grain insurance claims data on influenza-like-illnesses over eight seasons in ~300 locations throughout the United States. Using statistical methods, they found that seven of eight epidemics likely originated in the Southern US, that influenza spatial transmission is dominated by local traffic between cities, and that seasons marked by novel influenza virus circulation had […]

Save the date for ANISE African influenza meeting, Nov 13-17, Antananarivo, Madagascar

6th ANISE (African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology) Meeting  Antananarivo, Madagascar November 13 to 17, 2017 at Hotel Carlton   Please register and submit your abstract on-line (due August 15) to the meeting website: www.anise-network.org The agenda is in progress, but we plan to hold plenary sessions from November 13- 15 and training workshops […]

MISMS researchers examine use of Big Data for infectious disease surveillance in JID supplement

Big data derived from electronic health records, social media, the internet and other digital sources have the potential to provide more timely and detailed information on infectious disease threats or outbreaks than traditional surveillance methods. A team of scientists led by MISMS researchers Cecile Viboud and Gerardo Chowell reviewed the growing body of research on the subject […]

Spotlight: MISMS collaborator Andrew Bowman’s studies in US exhibition swine

Last week, the work of Dr Andrew Bowman, Ohio State University, was highlighted in Yahoo news.  Dr Bowman has been tracking influenza viruses in US exhibition swine since 2009.  In 2016, Dr Bowman co-authored two studies with MISMS researchers examining how novel viruses with pandemic potential evolve in exhibition swine.  One study, published in January […]

2009 swine flu pandemic originated in Mexico, researchers discover

Researchers from the Fogarty International Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Laboratorio Avi-Mex have used genetic sequencing to show that the 2009 global H1N1 influenza pandemic began in central Mexico, originating in pigs and spreading to humans. Mexico is not typically considered a source of novel influenza strains, and the findings demonstrate […]