KUISCID June Newsletter
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JUNE 2021
This is a monthly newsletter from KUISCID. We present our research output and news about our activities.

The Future of Health

How powerful can a microorganism be? As powerful as to run civilizations upside down and stop the life…And the history of humanity claims that the remedy is science.

Koc University Is Bank Center for Infectious Diseases has hosted HabitatTv.

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KUISCID was established on 20th of December 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the first-year anniversary of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Turkey, on 12th of  March 2021 an international symposium entitled as  ‘Today and the Future on the 1st Anniversary of Pandemic’ was performed.

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SARS-CoV-2 RNA in air

Füsun Can and her research team  aimed to investigate the role of ambient particulate matters (PM), as potential carriers for SARS-CoV-2. Ambient PM samples in various size ranges were collected from 13 different sites including urban and urban-background locations and hospital gardens in 10 cities across Turkey to investigate the possible presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA on ambient PM. The N1 gene and RdRP gene expressions were analyzed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, and according to RT-PCR and 3D-PCR analysis, dual RdRP and N1 gene positivity were detected in 20 (9.8%) of the samples. The highest percentage of virus detection on PM samples was from hospital gardens in Tekirdağ, Zonguldak, and Istanbul. Findings of this study have suggested that SARS-CoV-2 may be transported by ambient particles, especially at sites close to the infection hot-spots.

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There will be open positions in the field of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology. To learn more about the career opportunities, you can visit our Careers website.

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Songling virus

A new virus of the Nairoviridae family, which causes headache, fever and malaise, has been identified in China. The virus, which was isolated from samples obtained from 42 hospitalized patients with a medical history of tick bites in Northeast China in 2017 and 2018, was named Songling virus.

Identification of a new orthonairovirus associated with human febrile illness in China


H10N3 Influenza virus

A new virus named H10N3 was identified as a disease agent in a human in Republic of China on 1st of June 2021. The H10N3 virus, which infected a 41-year-old male patient, was previously seen in poultry, but was not detected in humans. Authorities from the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there is no data of human-to-human transmission of the virus as of yet.

China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu