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As infectious diseases such as SARS, Monkeypox, Polio, HIV, and Ebola travel the globe and garner media attention, Parasites Without Borders staff are curating resources in a timely, ongoing basis. We believe the information posted here is worthy of further examination by the science and medical communities. Our primary goal remains to bring the latest medical and biological information to the forefront for researchers and practicing physicians.

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September 14, 2023

Genome-wide Association Study of Susceptibility to Respiratory Syncytial Virus Hospitalization in Young Children <5 Years of age | Immunogenicity and Reactogenicity of Coadministration of COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines | Interim Effectiveness Estimates of 2023 Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccines in Preventing Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations | Safety and Immunogenicity of XBB.1.5-Containing mRNA Vaccines | The C.D.C. Director Explains Why You Should Get the Latest Covid Booster | Performance of Rapid Antigen Tests to Detect Symptomatic and Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection : A Prospective Cohort Study | Optimal Duration of Systemic Corticosteroids in Coronavirus Disease 2019 Treatment: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis | Timing and Predictors of Loss of Infectivity among Healthcare Workers with Mild Primary and Recurrent COVID-19: a Prospective Observational Cohort Study | Effect of famotidine on cognitive and behavioral dysfunctions induced in post-COVID-19 infection: A randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled study
Person wearing medical grade gloves holding a filled syringe filled with Monkey Pox vaccine

September 7, 2023

Temporal changes in fecal microbiota of patients infected with COVID-19: a longitudinal cohort | Mpox: China’s health authorities fight surge in cases of unknown origin | Comparison of bivalent and monovalent mRNA vaccine boosters | Prevalence and associated outcomes of co-infection between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza: a systematic review and meta-analysis

August 31, 2023

Human Neural Larva Migrans Caused by Ophidascaris robertsi Ascarid | The public health significance of finding autochthonous melioidosis cases | Clinical Outcomes Associated With Overestimation of Oxygen Saturation by Pulse Oximetry in Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 | Project NextGen Awards Over $1.4 Billion to Develop the Future of COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics | Differences in SARS-CoV-2 specific humoral and cellular immune responses | Pfizer and BioNTech Receive Positive CHMP (Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use) Opinion for Omicron XBB.1.5-adapted COVID-19 Vaccine in the European Union | Clinical Antiviral Efficacy of Remdesivir in Coronavirus Disease 2019: An Open-Label, Randomized Controlled Adaptive Platform Trial (PLATCOV) | Optimal Duration of Systemic Corticosteroids in Coronavirus Disease 2019 Treatment | Excess All-Cause Mortality in China After Ending the Zero COVID Policy | International Pediatric COVID-19 Severity Over the Course of the Pandemic | Risk of autoimmune diseases following COVID-19 and the potential protective effect from vaccination
RSV, COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines in Vials

August 24, 2023

FDA Approves First Vaccine for Pregnant Individuals to Prevent RSV in Infants | Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2023–24 Influenza Season | Nirmatrelvir resistance – de novo E166V/L50V mutations in an immunocompromised patient treated with prolonged nirmatrelvir/ritonavir monotherapy leading to clinical and virological treatment failure – a case report | Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication — Pakistan, January 2022–June 2023 | Modeling poliovirus transmission and responses in New York State | Incidence of New-Onset Hypertension Post–COVID-19: Comparison With Influenza | Postacute sequelae of COVID-19 at 2 years
Small baby with beanie on being held by ICU nurse

August 17, 2023

Safety Profile and Clinical and Virological Outcomes of Nirmatrelvir-Ritonavir Treatment in Patients With Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | The STOP COVID 2 study: Fluvoxamine vs placebo for outpatients with symptomatic COVID-19, a fully-remote randomized controlled trial | The effect of corticosteroids, antibiotics, and anticoagulants on the development of post-COVID-19 syndrome in COVID-19 hospitalized patients 6 months after discharge: a retrospective follow up study
Pregnant woman holding her stomach as doctor gets ready to administer shot

August 10, 2023

Dynamics of inflammatory responses after SARS-CoV-2 infection by vaccination status in the USA: a prospective cohort study | Core mitochondrial genes are down-regulated during SARS-CoV-2 infection of rodent and human hosts | Immunogenicity, safety, and preliminary efficacy evaluation of OVX836, a nucleoprotein-based universal influenza A vaccine candidate: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2a trial

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