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Bats are a possible source of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa


The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease occurring in West Africa may have originated from contact between humans and virus-infected bats, suggests a study led by researchers from the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin, Germany. The report identifies insectivorous free-tailed bats as plausible ...


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Malaria protection in chimpanzees

Researchers found that adult wild chimpanzees have developed a certain immunity against malaria parasites


Wild great apes are widely infected with malaria parasites. Yet, nothing is known about the biology of these infections in the wild. Using faecal samples collected from wild chimpanzees, an international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig ...


EHEC: BfR, BVL and RKI issue specified consumption recommendations for uncooked sprouts and shoots (germ buds)

Consumers should continue to refrain from consumption of raw fenugreek seeds, sprouts and shoots imported from Egypt


According to the German federal authorities, further information made available by the Federal States has provided no grounds to continue to recommend that consumers generally refrain from the raw consumption of sprouts and shoots in order to protect against EHEC O104:H4 infections. The current ...


EHEC O104:H4 outbreak event in Germany clarified: sprouts of fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt as underlying cause


There is a high probability that certain batches of fenugreek seeds from Egypt caused the O104:H4 outbreaks in Germany and France. The clarification was based on epidemiological investigations as well as the backward and forward tracing of seed deliveries by a dedicated German EHEC Task Force set ...


New epidemiological data corroborate existing recommendation on consumption by BfR


The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) continues to recommend, by way of precaution, not to consume tomatoes, cucumbers and salads raw. This advice, which concerns more particularly products available in Northern Germany, is confirmed by the results of two new epidemiological studies of ...


Preliminary results of the EHEC/HUS Study


An epidemiological study carried out by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) together with the Hamburg health authorities shows that patients affected by the current EHEC outbreak consumed significantly more frequently raw tomatoes, cucumbers and green salads than healthy study participants. It has ...


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