Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

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Advanced Technology in Clinical Microbiology for the Diagnosis and Prevention of Viral Diseases

Akikazu Sakudo1* and Hideharu Shintani2
1Laboratory of Biometabolic Chemistry, School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0215, Japan
2Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551, Japan
Corresponding Author : Akikazu Sakudo
Laboratory of Biometabolic Chemistry
School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus
Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0215, Japan
Tel: +81-98-895-1252
E-mail: sakudo@med.u-ryukyu.ac.jp
Received: October 10, 2015 Accepted: October 12, 2015 Published: October 19, 2015
Citation: Akikazu Sakudo (2015) Advanced Technology in Clinical Microbiology for the Diagnosis and Prevention of Viral Diseases. Clin Microbiol 4:e129. doi: 10.4172/2327-5073.1000e129
Copyright: © 2015 Sakudo A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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The recent emergence of new viral agents together with the re-emergence of known viruses is now recognized as an urgent threat to public health [1,2]. These dangerous viruses include severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus, influenza A strains, west nile virus (WNV), human metapneumovirus, Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), dengue virus, hantaviruses, tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and ebola virus. Emerging diseases also include variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), previously defined as an atypical slow virus disease, which is caused by a prion agent. Global health has been threatened by recent outbreaks of emerging viruses, which are mostly zoonotic pathogens that comprise 75% of human emerging diseases [3].

Given the current situation, early detection and surveillance of zoonotic pathogens is becoming increasingly important. Specific and efficient countermeasures are also needed to treat and prevent the spread of these pathogens in human and animal populations. Recent developments of molecular techniques have provided innovative diagnostic procedures [4-6]. These new techniques have also contributed to the establishment of clinical treatments as well as the prevention of viral spread by disinfection, sterilization and antisepsis. As such, these advances need to be highlighted and discussed. Areas expected to benefit from the new techniques include virology, public health, biosafety, medical technology, health science and veterinary medicine.

We have been involved in this field of research for over a decade [7-10]. The new technologies and novel findings referred to above can be found in our journal, “Clinical Microbiology: open access”, which provides an excellent platform for advancements in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases [11-14]. We hope that readers will enjoy our journal and obtain useful information for their own research, and be inspired by new ideas for future investigations.

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