According to the World Health Organization, “Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another.”
Owing to the ability of these diseases to spread and mutate, research into effective infection control and vaccination is ongoing, and particularly with regard to the emergence of ‘newer’ diseases such as Ebola virus and Zika virus.
Microbiology has inevitably been impacted by the genomic revolution, and virology and genomic research have been closely linked for many years. It is now possible to determine viral-host interactions during infection in an unprecedented level of detail, providing a complete catalogue of potential antiviral targets for investigation.
At Infectious Diseases Hub we aim to keep clinicians and researchers informed on the latest research and news from bench to bedside.
Explore infectious diseases by pathogen:
Is a Zika vaccine imminent? Editor, Martha Powell, provides an overview of the current Zika vaccine candidates in human clinical trials and how these vaccines are being assessed.
Could probiotics be used to treat Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC)? This review discusses ETEC pathogenesis and novel preventive strategies.
Which countries are most affected by malaria? Take a look at our exclusive infographic to learn more about the key facts and figures in this year’s report.