Unknown virus discovered in human body

Researchers from Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences have uncovered a new form of a virus that infects bacteria
By: Karl Landsteiner University for Health Sciences
KREMS, Austria - Nov. 13, 2019 - PRLog -- An international team based in Austria has unearthed a previously unknown type of virus in samples of human bodily fluids. The researchers were looking for viruses that infect bacteria – known as bacteriophages – with an emphasis on those that attack the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacterium found in the human gut. The team identified a total of 43 bacteriophages in samples of human bodily fluids, particularly in blood samples. The discovery of such phages in the human body is especially significant because they can pass antibiotic resistance genes on to bacteria. Consequently, information about the prevalence and frequency of phages in humans, as well as the relationships between them, is urgently needed. The findings (doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02484) of a team from Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences under the lead of University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, which have now been published in an international journal, will make a major contribution in this regard.

Original publication: Natural Occurrence of Escherichia coli-Infecting Bacteriophages in Clinical Samples. Frontier in Microbiology Front. C. Pacífico, M. Hilbert, D. Sofka, N. Dinhopl, I.-J. Pap, C. Aspöck, J. A. Carriço & F. Hilbert, Microbiol.10:2484. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02484

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Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences (KL) is a pioneer for innovation in medical and health sciences education and research, and a catalyst for groundbreaking work which will benefit society at large. Research at KL focuses on niche fields in bridge disciplines such as biomedical engineering, psychology and psychodynamics, as well as topics including water quality and related health issues. Study programmes include health sciences, human medicine, psychology, psychotherapy and counselling and have full European recognition. A network of university hospitals in St Poelten, Krems, and Tulln provides students with quality-assured, research-led education; it enables them to do top-class clinical research that is recognised worldwide. Karl Landsteiner University received accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) in 2013.

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