Infectious diseases

Infectious diseases – also known as contagious diseases, transmissible diseases or communicable diseases – are caused by pathogenic microorganisms that infect a host organism and can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one organism to another.

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  • Comments and Opinion |

    The recent large outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Western Africa resulted in greatly increased accumulation of human genotypic, phenotypic and clinical data, and improved our understanding of the spectrum of clinical manifestations. As a result, the WHO disease classification of EVD underwent major revision.

    • Jens H. Kuhn
    • , Takuya Adachi
    • , Neill K. J. Adhikari
    • , Jose R. Arribas
    • , Ibrahima Elhadj Bah
    • , Daniel G. Bausch
    • , Nahid Bhadelia
    • , Matthias Borchert
    • , Arne Broch Brantsæter
    • , David M. Brett-Major
    • , Timothy H. Burgess
    • , Daniel S. Chertow
    • , Christopher G. Chute
    • , Theodore J. Cieslak
    • , Robert Colebunders
    • , Ian Crozier
    • , Richard T. Davey
    • , Hilde de Clerck
    • , Rafael Delgado
    • , Laura Evans
    • , Mosoka Fallah
    • , William A. Fischer II
    • , Tom E. Fletcher
    • , Robert A. Fowler
    • , Thomas Grünewald
    • , Andy Hall
    • , Angela Hewlett
    • , Andy I. M. Hoepelman
    • , Catherine F. Houlihan
    • , Giuseppe Ippolito
    • , Shevin T. Jacob
    • , Michael Jacobs
    • , Robert Jakob
    • , Frederique A. Jacquerioz
    • , Laurent Kaiser
    • , Andre C. Kalil
    • , Rashidatu F. Kamara
    • , Jimmy Kapetshi
    • , Hans-Dieter Klenk
    • , Gary Kobinger
    • , Mark G. Kortepeter
    • , Colleen S. Kraft
    • , Thomas Kratz
    • , Henry S. Kyobe Bosa
    • , Marta Lado
    • , François Lamontagne
    • , H. Cliff Lane
    • , Leslie Lobel
    • , Julius Lutwama
    • , G. Marshall Lyon III
    • , Moses B. F. Massaquoi
    • , Thomas A. Massaquoi
    • , Aneesh K. Mehta
    • , Vital Mondonge Makuma
    • , Srinivas Murthy
    • , Tonny Seikikongo Musoke
    • , Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum
    • , Phiona Nakyeyune
    • , Carolina Nanclares
    • , Miriam Nanyunja
    • , Justus Nsio-Mbeta
    • , Tim O’Dempsey
    • , Janusz T. Pawęska
    • , Clarence J. Peters
    • , Peter Piot
    • , Christophe Rapp
    • , Bertrand Renaud
    • , Bruce Ribner
    • , Pardis C. Sabeti
    • , John S. Schieffelin
    • , Werner Slenczka
    • , Moses J. Soka
    • , Armand Sprecher
    • , James Strong
    • , Robert Swanepoel
    • , Timothy M. Uyeki
    • , Michel van Herp
    • , Pauline Vetter
    • , David A. Wohl
    • , Timo Wolf
    • , Anja Wolz
    • , Alie H. Wurie
    •  & Zabulon Yoti
  • Editorial |

    Different methods have contributed to a better understanding of the malaria parasite, but improvements are still needed to uncover basic Plasmodium biology.

    Nature Methods 16, 271
  • News and Views |

    The mechanisms by which the cytokine IFN-λ regulates adaptive immune responses are poorly understood. A new study now reveals a novel IFN-λ-mediated signal-transmission system that enhances immunity after infection of the mouse respiratory tract with influenza virus.

    • Stefan F. Wieland
    •  & Markus H. Heim
    Nature Immunology 20, 522-524