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  • Streptococcus agalactiae in white blood cells (polynuclear neutrophils) in the cerebrospinal fluid of a child with meningitis (optical microscopy, Gram stain). © Claire Poyart, CNR-Strep (AP-HP, Inserm)

    Press release | 04.08.2014

    The emergence of neonatal group B streptococcal infections explained

    Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS have recently revealed the cause behind the emergence in the 1960s of neonatal infections due to group B streptococcus. These findings prove that the sudden emergence of infections caused by this bacterium resulted from the widespread use of an antibiotic, tetracycline, from the 1950s onwards.

  • International News | 30.07.2014

    Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur of Dakar on the front line against the Ebola crisis in West Africa

    Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, several scientists from the Institut Pasteur, as part of their mandate as a WHO Collaborating Centre on arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers, have been offering their support to international aid plan implemented in collaboration with the Guinean Ministry of Health.

  • Section of Mycobacterium bovis © Institut Pasteur/Antoinette Ryter

    Research | 22.07.2014

    TB transmission: Why tubercle bacilli of animal origin don't spread within human populations

    Researchers examined the mechanisms involved in tuberculosis (TB) transmission to explain why tubercle bacilli of animal origin don't spread within human populations. Their work opens up new possibilities for understanding the functions and mechanisms involved in TB transmission in humans and could eventually lead to therapeutic solutions for preventing the spread of this infectious agent.


  •  The Institut Pasteur expresses its deep sadness after the crash of the MH17 flight - Institut Pasteur

    Institutional | 19.07.2014

    The Institut Pasteur expresses its deep sadness after the crash of the MH17 flight

    The Institut Pasteur, all the scientists and administrative staff, wish to express their deep sadness after the crash of the MH17 flight. This tragedy is the result of stupidity and barbary. We think of all those people who died so tragically and their families. Also, we will remember all our colleagues who have dedicated their lives to the fight against HIV. We know how this will affect the international community and the international societies working on this major challenge for public health. In particular, we will remember Joep Lange and we are aware of the importance of his contribution. We also wish to express our support to his family and friends.
    The commitment of the Institut Pasteur to contribute to the fight against HIV and AIDS can only be reinforced by such a tragedy.

  • Well of Banizoumbou village, Niger, Assessing the effectiveness of anti-malaria campaigns, © Institut Pasteur

    Research | 01.07.2014

    Assessing the effectiveness of anti-malaria campaigns

    The fight against malaria has been declared a Millennium Development Goal by the World Health Organization, and as such receives significant worldwide funding. Despite this fact, the public health agencies that manage this program lack the means to assess whether campaigns are effectively able to reduce or eliminate malaria within individual countries.

  • The Institut Pasteur signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Institut of Liver and Biliary Sciences in India - Institut Pasteur

    International News | 01.07.2014

    The Institut Pasteur signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Institut of Liver and Biliary Sciences in India

    The Institut Pasteur, the Institute of Liver & Biliary Sciences (ILBS) and the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which aims to promote the implementation and execution of collaborative research projects and organize joint scientific shops at bilateral or multilateral level. Exchange of scientists, PhD and MDPhD will be supported through this MOU.

    Signing of this MOU was held on June 1st, 2014 in New Delhi in the presence of Pr Christian Bréchot, President of the Institut Pasteur and Pr Shiv K. Sarin, Head of the Department of Hepatology and Director of ILBS and M. Shri Sanjay Kumar Srivastava IAS Officer, Chief Secretary of the NCT of Delhi.

  • Research | 29.06.2014

    EBOLA: Institut Pasteur in the front line against Ebola outbreak


    An international team of scientists from Institut Pasteur Paris and Dakar are on the front of the outbreak in Guinea. 


    The Institut Pasteur confirmed the outbreak on March 21, 2014. Since the outbreak is still continuing, scientists and materials have been sent from Institut Pasteur Paris and Dakar to Guinea. 

    Experts from Institut Pasteur Dakar are investigating new cases in Conackry. Scientists from the Emerging viral infection unit (UBIVE) have supported the European Mobile Lab (EMLab) in Gueckedou (Guinea). 
    The Institut Pasteur will attend the international emergency meeting organized in Ghana by WHO 2&3 July to reinforce the international response to the spread of the disease.

    This meeting will be attended by Health Ministers from 11 countries - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal and Uganda - and different partners of the organization involved in the response to the outbreak of Ebola including representatives from MSF, Institut Pasteur and the European Union.


  • The Institut Pasteur in Algeria diagnoses the first case of MERS-coronavirus

    International | 26.06.2014

    The Institut Pasteur in Algeria diagnoses the first case of MERS-coronavirus

    Since June 10th, the General Directorate of Prevention of the Ministry of Health in Algeria and the Institut Pasteur in Algeria remains on alert following the death of a man contaminated during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia by a new type of coronavirus-MERS (MERS-Cov). The diagnosis of the first case detected in Algeria was made by Dr. Derrar and his team in the Institut Pasteur in Algeria. A second less virulent case of MERS-Cov infection, was confirmed by the Institut Pasteur in Algeria but until now, no other coronavirus harm has been confirmed by the reference laboratory of the Institut Pasteur in Algeria.

  • International | 26.06.2014

    Second wave of Ebola in Africa: the Institut Pasteur in Dakar is in the first line

    Since March 21, date of the declaration of the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, the Institut Pasteur from the Africa Region and particularly the Institut Pasteur in Dakar in collaboration with partners, face up to a deadly Ebola epidemic second wave.
    The point of the situation in Guinea of June, 15th shows that 3 new areas were added to the two former (Kouroussa, Télimélé and Boffa districts). Today, the number of cases recorded is 376 including 241 deaths. If the epidemic’s epicenter lies in the forested area around the city of Guéckédou (southern Guinea) it extends to Sierra Leone (Kailahun) and Liberia (Lofa).

    From the beginning of the epidemic, WHO entrusted the mission to the Institut Pasteur in Dakar for epidemiological surveillance in Conakry and in the districts area of French Guinea. For almost three months, a team of four experts under the direction of Dr. Amadou Sall, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on hemorrhagic fevers in Institut Pasteur in Dakar, works in the field to detect new cases, to confirm the diagnosis and to monitor disease. The Institut Pasteur in Côte d'Ivoire alongside the Institut Pasteur in Dakar has strengthened territory surveillance actions. This monitoring process is consolidated by several actions towards the population i.e.: communication, coverage of patients and funerals, health education and the provision of psychological and social support.
    The Institut Pasteur in Côte d'Ivoire provided oversight of the epidemic in Côte d'Ivoire in developing the diagnostic in the border with Guinea.
    Ebola is a viral disease. Today, five types of Ebola virus were identified. The virus outbreak in Guinea is close to the Ebola virus responsible for the outbreak in 1976 in Zaire.
    Identified reservoir of the disease is a bat (R. aegyptiacus) which infects monkeys, cattle and men. At this stage, the transmission is person to person.
    Incubation ranges vary from 2 to 21 days and presents 23 to 88% of mortality, around 7 to 10 days after the symptoms. The virus is present in the blood (7-10 days), sperm (> 3 months), secretions, fluids (tears, sweat). Infectious period is the stage of overt disease. To date, there is no specific treatment or available vaccine to fight the Ebola virus. The prevention passes through effective monitoring and management of epidemics.

  • Africa Regional Meeting of the Institut Pasteur International Network

    International News | 26.06.2014

    Africa Regional Meeting of the Institut Pasteur International Network

    The Africa regional meeting of the Institut Pasteur International Network was organized in the Institut by Dakar (Senegal) from June 18th to June 19th followed by a Scientific Day of the African Institutes June 20th, 2014.

    This regional meeting and the scientific Day of Instituts Pasteur in the Africa region was an opportunity to discuss new research strategies in the Institutes of the Network, from bioinformatics till biostatistics, the Center for Global Health and biomedical resources. The challenges posed by infectious diseases on this continent such as rabies, malaria and hepatitis have been developed in workshops. Finally the issues of monitoring antiretroviral and antimalarial resistance were discussed by experts from the African region.


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