Virus: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Scientists develop “Catch and Kill” air filter that kills COVID-19

The scientists at the University of Houston have developed “Catch and Kill” air filter. The filter is capable of killing COVID-19 virus that has the potential to stay alive in air for 3 hours. About the filter The filter in the device is 200 degrees Celsius hot in working condition. The temperature has been set ..

Kyasanur Forest Disease

A 48 year old woman in Wayanad, Kerala, recently died from Kyasanur Forest Disease. Several other are being treated for the disease. About the Disease The Kyasanur Forest Disease, also called as the Monkey Fever, was first reported in 1957 from the Kyasanur Forest region of Karnataka. It is was initially an epizootic disease and ..

Ebola Outbreak in Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak as an international health emergency. This comes on the heels of a report where it was reported that the virus has spread to an urban agglomeration of two million people. What is Ebola? Ebola is a disease caused by a Virus. It is a rare ..

Fatalities due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar

43 children died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur of Bihar. Acute Encephalitis Syndrome Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) refers to a group of clinically similar neurologic manifestation mostly observed in children and young adults. The outbreak is usually reported during monsoons (June-October). AES can be attributed to a wide range of virus, bacteria, ..

The scientists at University of Michigan find that cold plasma can kill 99.9% of airborne viruses

Scientists from University of Michigan in the United States have found that dangerous airborne viruses can be rendered harmless on-the-fly when exposed to ‘cold plasma’ – a stream of energetic, charged fragments of air molecules. The researchers have measured the virus-killing speed and effectiveness of non thermal plasmas – the ionised, or charged, particles that ..