New Factor Influencing Spread of Legionella

New Factor Influencing Spread of Legionella

legionella factorWhen people fall ill from bacterial infection, the first priority is to treat the disease. But where do these pathogens come from and how do they thrive in the environment before the infection occurs?

An international team led by Matthias Horn from the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science at the University of Vienna has tackled this question using an important bacterial pathogen that causes lung disease. The results of their study have been published recently in the scientific journal mBio.

Science Daily report the full story on this new Legionella discovery.

Pouched Rats Sniff for Land Mines and Medical Samples

rats sniffingPouched rats are not marsupials. And neither are they much like rats. But they are rodents with pouches as cheeks where food can be stored. They can grow to a weight of 1.5 Kg and a length of 1m, half of which is the tail. People describe them as charming and intelligent. And they come with an acute sense of smell. Being so light, they are an ideal alternative to dogs in detecting land mines.

And they can detect tuberculosis in sputum samples, useful in Africa where TB is associated with AIDS deaths. But breeding pouched rats is not easy. They have unusual reproduction and one rat can affect the oestrus cycle of another. As the rats are so important in humanitarian work Alex Ophir is studying the rats’ unusual reproductive behaviour and olfactory capabilities.

ABC cover the fulls story.

Give Bees a Chance – We Can’t Afford to Lose Our Wild Native Pollinators

help our beesA quintessential sign of spring is a busy bee happily buzzing from blossom to blossom. While spring is now in full swing across Canada, the presence of those dependable pollinators is becoming more and more uncertain.

Our research team is focused on assessing the status of wild pollinators, understanding the threats they face and working to conserve species at risk of extinction before it’s too late.

What we’ve learned about bee declines may surprise even the most avid nature lover.

We cannot afford to lose our bees, continue reading over at The Conversation.

Trust with Two Legionella Cases Gets Funds for Water Safety

legionella nhsA teaching trust had to appeal to NHS Improvement for funding to ensure the safety of its “fragile” water system after two patients contracted Legionella, HSJ can reveal.

In response to enquiries from HSJ, St George’s University Hospitals FT said the cases of Legionella occurred in October 2017 and April 2018, and most likely were caused by bacteria in the water supply. It had not confirmed what happened to the two patients as this article went to press.

The trust insisted its water supply was now safe. But, it also revealed it wrote to NHS Improvement, saying it could not take responsibility for some aspects of patient safety if it did not receive the necessary capital funding.

HSJ reports more on the funding for Legionella.

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