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H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic

This booklet, from the Microbiology Society, gives an overview of the swine flu story so far. In eight pages it covers the disease, the causal virus, how it is transmitted, who is affected and how the disease can be treated. The National Immunisation Programme, international pandemic preparedness and the...

Malaria: a Global Challenge

Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers. It infects up to 250 million and kills nearly 800,000 people per year. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, takes a look at the history of the disease along with its causes, diagnosis, treatment and the prevention strategies employed to tackle this global...

Influenza: a Seasonal Disease

Influenza or flu is a common viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, gives an overview of the disease, how the infection is transmitted, infection, replication of the virus inside the body, the immune response and how vaccines are developed. It also explores the...

HIV and AIDS

The resource, from the Microbiology Society, clarifies the difference between HIV and AIDS. The booklet describes the HIV virus, how it replicates and how it causes the disease. The stages of the infection are charted and transmission of HIV is explained, together with sections covering tests, treatments and work...

Microbes and Climate Change

This booklet, from the Microbiology Society, discusses the role microbes could play in tackling global climate change. The resource provides an overview of the effect of greenhouse gases on climate and the role of microbes in the carbon and nitrogen cycles. Carbon-fixation in cyanobacteria and the carbon-releasing...

Cholera: Death by Diarrhoea

Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium [i]Vibrio cholerae[/i]. There have been seven worldwide disease outbreaks or pandemics since 1817, killing millions of people and infecting millions more. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, charts the history of the disease and investigates the...

Microbes on the Menu

Produced by the Microbiology Society, this information booklet describes the positive contributions that micro-organisms make to the production of food. Microbes are often associated with food poisoning or food spoilage. However, without microbes there would be no bread, cheese, beer or chocolate. This booklet...

Down the Plughole

From the Microbiology Society, this resource contains information about biofilms. These are communities of microbial cells attached to a surface. For example, the slime lining plugholes and drains or the rough deposit that can coat teeth at the end of the day. The information clearly describes: * What are biofilms...

Travellers' Diarrhoea: Boil It, Peel It, Cook It, Wash It or Forget It!

This resource, from the Microbiology Society, gives an overview of the microbes that cause traveller’s diarrhoea (TD), how the infection is transmitted, how it is treated and how it can be prevented. TD is the most common illness that affects international travellers and each year 20–60% of globetrotters, an...

Cold Wars

Produced by the Microbiology Society, this resource contains highly illustrated and accessible information about how the common cold is caused by viruses. The sections include: * What causes a cold? * What are viruses? * How do rhinoviruses cause a cold? * How are colds spread? * What are the symptoms? * Can colds...

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