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The WHO announces four MERS cases from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks

A recent disease outbreak alert released by the World Health Organization (WHO) reported four laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from three regions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Situation Update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)…

Do SSRIs lower the risk of long COVID?

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers conducted a retrospective study to determine whether selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) with immunomodulatory and antiplatelet properties can decrease the risk of post-acute sequelae of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)…

Evaluating dual direct-acting antivirals against persistent COVID-19

In a recent study posted to the Research Square* preprint server, researchers assessed the efficiency of dual direct-acting antivirals in treating persistent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Study: Severe COVID-19 caused by persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection successfully treated with dual direct acting…

Why do some people attract mosquitoes more than others?

Mosquitoes (e.g., Aedes aegypti) are common vectors for many viruses that infect the human population, such as dengue, Zika, and yellow fever. A single female mosquito can bite multiple humans during her three-six weeks lifetime. Aedes aegypti is an efficient vector because…