I am a frequent Swedish listener who have some questions about the PUUV-Virus. In 2008 I was lucky to get hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome caused by the PUUV-Virus (large outbreak between 2007-2008, due to peak in vole cycle). Why I addressed myself as “lucky” is because I did my MsC thesis in zoonoses (Borrelia burgdorferi), and I feel great about having tried it. I have also tried borreliosis, but that was not as nearly as painful as my light hemorrhagic fever. In Sweden the PUUV-Virus only persists in the Northern regions, and about 50-2000 cases are reported yearly. The reservoir of the virus here in Sweden is bank voles (Myodes glareolus).
Anyway, my question is:
- Could you guys dedicate some time to explain the micro- / molecular biology and pathogenesis of these viruses and maybe the Swedish variant which humoristically are called “North Land Ebola”?
- Do you know any post disease symptoms (years after the infection)?
My masters student daughter was assigned to listen to TWIV.
As the great father that I am, uhem, cough, I have made her aware of TWIV, TWIM, and TWIP since I started listening, several years ago.
She sent a text to me saying, “I chose #356, Gut Viriome in children who are malnourished.”
Trying to sound half as smart as my daughter, –Wiki, and I wrote back,
“as opposed to virome which more commonly refers to a collection of nucleic acids contained by viruses in a microbiome.”
Her texted response, “Oh, typo on my part,”
That was not my point, but now I have to ask,
Did you use Viriome when you should have used Virome?
She’s thinks you have it right, but I think that was a quick way to say I don’t really care dad!, vs trying find the answer, I think you got it wrong.
What do you say?
Long time listener, you often put me to sleep, (at night.) 🙂
TWiV Weather report — an ancient tradition?
I wanted to submit this article from the Guardian for a pick of the week:
Amitabh Bachchan: ‘Forget the Avengers, it took real heroes to make India polio-free’
The content isn’t groundbreaking for TWIV but I thought you’d appreciate the headline and it gives Vincent and Alan (and everyone else) a chance to talk about the state of polio eradication (unless you’ve done that recently–I’m not currently caught up).