pompe-gene-therapy Researchers use gene therapy to treat pulmonary dysfunction in Pompe disease

Dr. Barbara Smith and researchers at the Powell Gene Therapy Center have conducted the first in-human study of gene therapy to treat respiratory dysfunction in patients with infantile onset Pompe.

Dr. John Lednicky New mosquito-borne disease detected in Haiti

Dr. John Lednicky and colleagues have identified Haiti’s first case of the Mayaro virus.

2006 Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, who in this instance, was actually the biomedical photographer, James Gathany, here at the Centers for Disease Control. You’ll note the feeding apparatus consisting of a sharp, “fascicle”, which while not feeding, is covered in a soft, pliant sheath called the "labellum”, which is seen here retracted, as the sharp “stylets” contained within pierced the host's skin surface, as the insect obtained its blood meal. The fascicle is composed of a pair of needle-sharp stylets. The larger of the two stylets, known as the "labrum", when viewed in cross-section takes on the shape of an inverted "V", and acts as a gutter, which directs the ingested host blood towards the insect's mouth. Due to the ingestion of the female’s blood meal, the translucent abdominal exoskeleton had taken on a reddish color. Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by urban Aedes mosquitos, principally A. aegypti, a species found living in close association with humans in most tropical urban areas. Mosquito biting activity is greatest in the morning for several hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon for several hours before dark. It may feed all day indoors, in shady areas, or when it is overcast. This mosquito breeds in artificial water containers, such as discarded tires, cans, barrels, buckets, 55 gallon drums, flower vases, and cisterns, all frequently found in the domestic environment. Since 1980, the incidence of dengue has increased dramatically in tropical countries worldwide, with endemic and/or epidemic virus transmission documented in most countries of the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and Africa; many countries have had multiple outbreaks. Epidemics are frequently Non-travel Zika cases in Fla. could approach 400 by summer’s end

Dr. Ira Longini and colleagues also project handfuls of cases popping up from Texas to South Carolina and even Oklahoma. Photo: James Gathany/CDC

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Dr. Glenn Morris (left) and Dr. Andrew Kane (right)

CDC Awards Significant New Grant

  • The CDC in partnership with NIOSH awarded a nearly $10 million, five year grant to support the new Southeastern and Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, to be directed by Dr. Glenn Morris.
  • The Center will address occupational safety and health challenges of people working in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Florida and other southeastern states.
  • Dr. Andrew Kane, Department of Environmental and Global Health Associate Professor, will serve as the Center's Deputy Director and lead investigator of the research core focused on Gulf seafood worker safety.

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