• 29 December 2014 - ZOONOTIC INFECTIONS

    Zoonoses – The race against new pathogens

    Viral infections, Zoonotic diseases, MERS-CoV, SARS, Influenza, Public Health

    A transmission electron micrograph shows Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus particles (colorized yellow). © NIAID

    Their names may sound innocuous, yet they are making the headlines more often than ever: H5N1, H1N1, SARS or MERS, for example. These viruses originate in animals but have the potential to infect humans as well. In the worst cases, they cause pandemics and spread across the entire globe. The current epidemic caused by the Ebola virus seems to confirm the suspicion: Zoonotic pathogens are increasingly jumping the species barrier from animals to humans, and are thus becoming a serious threat. Experts are looking for ways to assess the potential threat of zoonotic viruses at an early stage. [ more ]


  • 15 October 2014 - VIRAL ZOONOSES

    Albert Osterhaus: "It`s important to take the right steps at the right time”

    Zoonotic diseases, SARS, Coronavirus, H5N1, Ebola

    In 1997, Albert Osterhaus' research group was the first to discover that the avian influenza virus type H5N1 also infects humans. Since then, there have been several outbreaks of zoonotic viruses that have spread between humans. Professor Albert Osterhaus is one of the most experienced virologists in the world. He has studied the mechanisms that allow viruses to cross species borders and transmit easily among humans. Infection Research spoke with him about the risk of emerging zoonotic pandemics and ways to prevent them in the future. [ more ]




DZIF (German Centre for Infection Research) Logo

German Centre for Infection Research

United against Infections

It is the 21st century and infections are still a major challenge for medicine. Researchers at the German Centre for Infection Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, DZIF) are tackling this and many other issues.