Wind can spread microbes and diseases around the world
Concerns have been raised about the great distances microbes are able to ‘blow’ around the world, as its thoughts it could the perfect opportunity for diseases to spread.
Scientists from the UK and Switzerland conducted a research study into the travel paths of microbes, looking at how widely they could be spread by wind.
They study found that microbes were able to travel thousands of kilometres, from South America to Australia.
One of the researchers, Dave Wilkinson, commented: “Microbes less than 0.009 mm across went as far as Australia
“These sizes would include microbes such as bacteria and many amoebae and also some fungal spores.”
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Previous outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and meningitis have been lined to airborne viruses, although the researchers noted most microbes that are transported by the wind are harmless.
Wilkinson believes further research in this area is needed: “Given the ease with which the smaller microbes disperse in our model it is possible that this may be the rate-limiting step in many cases of microbial range expansion and this topic should form the topic for future research in this area.”
The results of the study have been published in the Journal of Biogeography.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”