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West Nile virus validated in Clark County woman

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017|6:15 p.m.

. A female ended up being the 2nd reported individual in Clark County to contract the West Nile virus this year, inning accordance with the Southern Nevada Health District.

The victim, referred to as a woman over 50 years old, has the more major type of the health problem– capable of impacting the nervous system– which is contracted through mosquito bites, officials stated.

A local man, also over 50, ended up being infected in Might and died, officials stated. Additional details on the cases were not supplied.

In 2015, there were 2 reported West Nile cases and three cases of the St. Louis sleeping sickness, a similar mosquito-borne disease, authorities stated.

The infection is spread through bites of contaminated mosquitoes that acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread out person to individual. Many individuals with the virus will show no signs or really mild signs of the health problem.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Revolutionary Gene-editing Method to Stop AIDS Virus in Its Tracks

Scientists with the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medication at UNLV have crafted a brand-new protein that they believe has actually positioned science much closer to an HIV treatment.

A patent application has actually been filed and testing is underway on the protein– called HT-TALENs (short for HIV-targeted transcription activator-like effector nucleases)– which uses a recently established gene-editing technique to rid the body’s cells of the immunodeficiency virus before it has a possibility to increase and potentially turn into AIDS. Right here’s how it works:

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Humans contaminated with HIV have 1 million to 10 million cells harboring copies of HIV DNA. When HIV infects somebody, the virus inserts itself into DNA cells and becomes part of those cells’ long-term plan.

“Existing drugs slow the virus from being produced, but they do not free the body of the HIV DNA,” said NIPM executive director and UNLV professor Marty Schiller. “You’ve got to do away with or damage the hazardous DNA to truly avoid the cells from developing the virus.”

By modifying a frequently made use of plant protein, Schiller’s lab crafted the brand-new HT-TALENs variation. Presented into the body through a common cold virus injection, the protein sticks to the specific portions of DNA packed with HIV and serves as a pair of scissors that cuts or damages it without touching any of the non-infected DNA around it. When the cell repair services itself, the new copy will not include functional HIV.

“This is a way we’re getting at the source of AIDS– not pursuing a downstream event, but going after the actual DNA copy– and ideally stopping virus duplication in its tracks,” Schiller said. “We think it has the prospective to be a cure.”

So far, the scientists have just produced results in petri dishes. They are waiting for patent approval and are getting ready to begin on the next phase of testing this winter season through a partnership with Brigham Young University. If that’s successful, the scientists will proceed to human trials.

Timespan for market usage? Schiller dislikes to speculate, however if all goes well the best-case scenario is seven years.

“It’s going to take a number of years to establish, but I’m quite sure this method ought to work and our objective is to blaze a trail,” he stated.

The protein treatment’s success would be a benefit mentally and financially for patients going through existing HIV drug programs, which can top $15,000 a year.

Human tests would combine the brand-new gene-editing protein therapy with existing treatments. The protein may also be useful in curing other health problems like bird flu.

The method is revolutionary, Schiller stated, thinking about that genes– now extensively utilized for prenatal screening and drug development– seemed a simple dream when referenced in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park.

This task– among about 8 Schiller’s lab is presently dealing with– started about three years back after a weekly meeting of Schiller’s team focused on present research study documents. Schiller understood that the TALEN protein, derived from a wheat pathogen already extensively utilized in the agriculture industry to genetically customize plants, described in one paper may be perfect after a couple of tweaks for use in HIV therapy.

The conclusions were published in the Might problem of the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE.

Scientists included students with post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate status, as well as some support by a local high school junior. Schiller said co-authorship in a significant publication, specifically on a job of this magnitude, is a major coup for young researchers. In fact, co-lead author Christy Strong, a former post-doctoral student, has actually given that become a UNLV professor. The job motivated the other lead author, undergraduate Horacio Guerra, to switch career paths. He changed majors from a pre-med track to focus on clinical research study. He finished in the spring from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree in biology and is now in the graduate program at University of California, San Diego.

Positive West Nile Virus test for Pershing County mosquitoes

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015|1:05 p.m.

RENO (AP)– State agriculture officials state they’ve detected West Nile Virus in a mosquito swimming pool in Pershing County.

The mosquitoes were collected south of Rye Patch Dam at the end of July and checked favorable for the virus recently at the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease and Food Security Laboratory in Reno.

Dr. Anette Rink, the laboratory’s manager, says it’s the very first favorable test this year outside the Las Vegas or Reno-Sparks area. Of the 66 other cases up until now, one has been in Washoe County and the rest in Clark County.

Individuals bitten by infected mosquitoes can suffer flu-like signs. Extreme cases can result in death.

Mosquitoes test favorable for West Nile virus in valley


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A mosquito is shown in a test tube at the Southern Nevada Health District before being sent out to Reno for testing Thursday June 10, 2010.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015|12:04 p.m.

. The Southern Nevada Health District announced today that mosquitoes checked positive for West Nile virus in 8 location POSTAL CODE.

The infected mosquitoes were collected in the following POSTAL CODE: 89011, 89012, 89027, 89107, 89123, 89128, 89134 and 89146. The Health District, however, has not received any reports of human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County this year.

In 2014, 2 people in Clark County were infected with the virus, according to Health District records. No deaths were reported.

The West Nile virus, spread through the bite of contaminated mosquitoes, can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, throwing up, inflamed lymph glands and skin rashes on the chest, tummy and back.

Many individuals with the virus will have no signs, however the virus can trigger serious illness and death in many cases, officials stated.

Health authorities believe mosquitoes contaminated with the West Nile virus may be present throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

“We encourage our citizens to ‘combat the bite’ by using insect repellents, putting on protective clothes and limiting their outside activity at sunset and dawn when mosquitoes are most active,” stated Dr. Joe Iser, the county’s primary health officer.

Tony Bennett has flu virus, cancels London concert with Gaga


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Woman Gaga and Tony Bennett perform classic jazz standards from their cd “Cheek to Cheek” on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Axis at Planet Hollywood.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015|5:50 p.m.

NEW YORK– Tony Bennett canceled his London show on Tuesday with Lady Gaga due to a flu virus.

The 88-year-old singer said sorry to his U.K. fans on social networks. A statement from his press agent said ticket holders should “maintain their tickets to this event pending more info.”

Performance promoter Live Nation confirmed the canceled efficiency at the Royal Albert Hall. The duo also carried out Monday in London.

Gaga and Bennett won a Grammy this year for their collective cd, “Cheek to Cheek.”

The duo’s site states their next program is scheduled for Saturday in Paradise Island, Bahamas. They will perform four programs at New york city City’s Radio City Music Hall later on this month.