The Biomedical Picture of the Day (BPoD) is an initiative promoted by the Institute for Medical Sciences (LMS) of the Imperial College of London that aims to attract the attention of the general public towards biomedicine publishing, each day, an image linked to a scientific work.
On Thursday, November 1, (2018) the image chosen refers to Uruguay. Although at first sight it shows what appear to be strands of some type of thread, the truth is that it is a microscopic look at one of the bacterial strains that cause leptospirosis in Uruguay. This disease affects cattle and other animals but can also infect humans.
The identification of this strain was possible thanks to the joint work carried out between the Institut Pasteur of Montevideo, the INIA, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the Republic and Dilave of the MGAP. As part of this study, the researchers managed to identify more than 60 pathogenic strains that circulate specifically in the country. This will help to adapt existing vaccines to be more effective, among other benefits.
The results of the research were published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, in September of this year (2018).
We want to thanks BPoD and the LMS for highlighting the work of local scientists.