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How Noroviruses control their desire for sweets


Researchers from the Institute of Chemistry and Metabolomics of the University of Lübeck discover a new mechanism allowing Noroviruses to switch off sugar binding. Key for these novel insights were NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) experiments. Development of vaccines as well as the search for ...


A new tool for detecting and destroying norovirus


Infection with highly contagious noroviruses, while not usually fatal, can lead to a slew of unpleasant symptoms such as excessive vomiting and diarrhea. Current treatment options are limited to rehydration of the patient. "Additionally, noroviruses come in a variety of constantly evolving ...


How quickly viruses can contaminate buildings and how to stop them


Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within 2 to 4 hours, the virus could be detected on 40 to 60 percent of workers and visitors in the ...


Invisible enemies: Tips to ensure that viruses don’t spoil your appetite

The BfR publishes a fact sheet with recommendations on how consumers can protect themselves from viral food-borne infections


You can't see them, you can’t taste them - nevertheless, infectious virus particles can as a general rule be present on any food, if the rules of hygiene have been disregarded. Depending on the type of virus, they can cause nausea, diarrhoea with vomiting or even inflammation of the liver. "In ...


Pathogens in food: Progress and new challenges for zoonosis control

About 200 experts met at the BfR to discuss new scientific insights into how to prevent food-borne infections


In early summer 2011, EHEC in raw sprouts made headlines in Germany, followed by headlines about a norovirus found on frozen strawberries in autumn 2012. These two major outbreaks again alerted the public to the significance of illnesses transmitted via food. "Although we are observing a decrease ...


Norovirus is the leading cause of infection outbreaks in U.S. hospitals


Norovirus, a pathogen that often causes food poisoning and gastroenteritis, was responsible for 18.2 percent of all infection outbreaks and 65 percent of ward closures in U.S. hospitals during a two-year period, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control ...


Viruses must be controlled differently from bacteria

BfR Symposium on the foodborne transmission of viruses


The notifications of cases of disease caused by noroviruses and rotaviruses have steadily increased in recent years. These well-known viruses can be transmitted by infected individuals during the production and preparation to food and can spread in this way. At the first nationwide symposium in ...


Tobacco plants yield the first vaccine for the dreaded 'cruise ship virus'


Scientists have used a new vaccine production technology to develop a vaccine for norovirus. Sometimes called the "cruise ship virus," this microbe can spread like wildfire through passenger liners, schools, offices and military bases. The new vaccine is unique in its origin — it was ...


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