Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Lassa hemorrhagic fever, which occurs regularly in Western Africa, can often lead to coma and death. This disease is caused by a member of the Arenavirus family, viruses that are passed from infected rodents to humans in the Southern tropics. There are no vaccines or effective drug treatments for most arenavirus infections.

Infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that eventually leads to AIDS is presently incurable, in part because the virus hides from killer T  lymphocytes. This type of white blood cell seeks out and eliminates virus-infected cells, which are commonly found in lymphoid follicles. HIV within infected cells “simmers” in these follicles for the life of an infected person, similar to burning coals in a grill.  

The large community of beneficial bacteria that lives in the intestines changes dramatically when monkeys leave their wild surroundings and move into captivity. This is the finding of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by graduate student Jonathan Clayton, working in Dr.