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Viral Infection

COVID-19 myths: Many were busted, but a dangerous one still prevails

From the beginning, the COVID-19 pandemic has been plagued by myths and misunderstandings about how the disease spreads and how people can protect themselves from the disease. We've come a long way in understanding COVID-19, but distrust of the vaccine prevails to the great detriment of public health.

Gut bacteria blocks and enhances virus

A new study published in Nature Microbiology reveals that bacteria present in different regions of the gastrointestinal tract either enhance or block murine norovirus infections. The startling findings expand our understanding of how the virus interacts with both its host immune system and the intestinal microbiome, which may one day be useful for developing an antiviral therapy.

Caribbean spiny lobsters create safe havens to avoid disease

Spiny lobsters practice “behavioral immunity” to create safe havens that prevent them from contracting a lethal disease in the wild, an important finding for the $50 million annual spiny lobster fishery in Florida, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Florida scientist.

Ebola 101: outbreak and response

On Sept. 29, the Emerging Pathogens Institute presented an overview of Ebola and the recent outbreak to the Florida Congressional Delegation and the Board of Governors. With the number of Ebola cases growing exponentially, EPI believes it is important to be informed on the disease and how it is spreading in West Africa and all around the world.