Chikungunya – Senegal
On 9 September 2015, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (MOHSA) of Senegal notified WHO of active circulation of chikungunya virus in the region of Kédougou. The circulation began on 27 August 2015. Samples were collected from 14 suspected cases for laboratory-confirmation at the Institut Pasteur of Dakar. Ten (10) samples tested positive for chikungunya virus. As of 8 September 2015, ten (10) chikungunya confirmed cases were reported. The latest active circulation in the affected area was reported between 2009 and 2010. On 7 September 2015, the MOHSA discussed the situation during the routine weekly meeting....
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 14, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: dengue [subject], dengue haemhorragic fever, dengue fever, dengue virus, headache [subject], headache, migraine, chronic headache, risk factor [subject], risk, health risks, African Region [region], Disease outbreak news [doctype], Senegal [country] Source Type: news

8 illnesses you could have brought back from holiday
From Lyme disease in Scotland to Chikungunya from the Caribbean, a list of common ailments you could have contracted during your week away (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - September 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asian tiger mosquitoes spotted in Paris
PARIS (Reuters) - Asian tiger mosquitoes, known to carry deadly diseases including dengue fever and chikungunya, were spotted in Paris for the second year running this summer, a local French health agency said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Creating a DEET-free Mosquito Repellant That Actually Works
Enjoying time outside might just get a lot better. A mosquito repellant technology is in the works that could make us practically invisible to mosquitos. No more will products that don’t fully work, or the effective, yet very toxic DEET be the only options for us to defend against mosquitos. With a growing presence of research, the dangers of mosquitoes are being more realized. As the New York Times cites, “According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes remain the deadliest animal on the planet, carrying diseases like West Nile, chikungunya, and malaria that kill more than a million people a year.&rdquo...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Bentley Tags: Uncategorized deet disease solution kite patch Malaria mosquito repellant preventing mosquito bites repellant technology Source Type: news

Woman loses vision after mosquito bites
Vision problems may be underreported for mosquito-transmitted chikungunya fever (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chikungunya – Spain
On 3 August 2015, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for Spain of a case of chikungunya infection in the city of Gandia, Valencian Community. This is the first time that an individual with no history of travel to a chikungunya-endemic area tests positive for the disease in Spain. The patient is a 60-year-old man. He developed symptoms on 7 July in France and sought medical care on 8 July while still in France. Following his return to Spain, the patient was hospitalized on 11 July and discharged on 16 July. Patient blood samples were collected on 23 July. On 31 July, he was laboratory confirmed to be positive...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 10, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news [doctype], European Region [region], Spain [country] Source Type: news

Woman Loses Vision After Mosquito Bite Transmits Chikungunya Fever
By: Laura Geggel Published: 08/10/2015 10:38 AM EDT on LiveScience A woman who caught chikungunya fever while vacationing in the Caribbean wound up losing some of the vision in her right eye permanently, according to a new report of her case. The findings suggest that vision problems may be an underreported effect of the mosquito-transmitted virus, which has spread in recent years from Africa and Asia to the Caribbean, Latin America and parts of the United States, the report's authors said. "Sight-threatening visual loss can be a late complication of infection with chikungunya," said Dr. Abhijit Mohite, who treat...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Dengue, chikungunya infections in India underestimated: Study
Researchers estimated that on average, 23 per cent of those who have not yet been infected become infected by dengue every year. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - July 17, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 7/17/2015
In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams: Mayo Clinic travel medicine expert Donna Springer, A.P.R.N., tells us about chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne virus now found in the Americas. Plus, why tree nuts and treadmills are good for our health. Click here for the tree nut study and here for the treadmill study. Journalists: Video and additional soundbites [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 17, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Burden of Dengue, Chikungunya in India Far Worse Than Understood
New Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research finds new evidence that an extremely high number of people in southern India are exposed to two mosquito-borne viruses -- dengue and chikungunya. (Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins)
Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins - July 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Burden of dengue, chikungunya in India far worse than understood
New evidence shows an extremely high number of people in southern India are exposed to two mosquito-borne viruses -- dengue and chikungunya. These findings, the researchers say, reinforce the need for officials to be on the lookout for these diseases and to find ways to control its spread not only in India but also around the world. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 16, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Burden of dengue, chikungunya in India far worse than understood
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) New Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research finds new evidence that an extremely high number of people in southern India are exposed to two mosquito-borne viruses -- dengue and chikungunya. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 16, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Scientists Look to Mosquito Data to Map Spread of Disease
[SciDev.Net] Mosquitoes that carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses are more widespread than ever, believe scientists mapping the global spread of the insects. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - July 9, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists look to mosquito data to map spread of disease
The range of the insects that carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses is at its widest, shows model. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - July 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Spreading to New Regions
Scientists track carriers of dengue and chikungunya infection Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Insect Bites and Stings, International Health, Viral Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The new regions at risk from mosquitoes carrying diseases
Cases of yellow fever, chikungunya and dengue fever might rise as the ideal conditions for the mosquitoes that can carry the viruses become more widespread (Source: New Scientist - Epidemics and Pandemics)
Source: New Scientist - Epidemics and Pandemics - July 1, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Virus-carrying mosquitoes are more widespread than ever, and spreading
Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Virus-carrying mosquitoes are more widespread than ever, and spreading
(eLife ) Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

More imported malaria infection reported in the UK
Increase in infections prompts PHE to remind travellers to protect themselvesRelated items from OnMedica12-fold increase in chikungunya virusMalaria prophylaxisWarn patients that natural malaria immunity fadesFirst malaria vaccine for children could be recommended for use by autumn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 12, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever
A gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses has been identified by researchers. Only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood for developing eggs, and researchers believe that a higher ratio of males could reduce disease transmission. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever
(Virginia Tech) Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood for developing eggs, and researchers believe that a higher ratio of males could reduce disease transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 21, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dengue and Chikungunya in Our Backyard: Preventing Aedes Mosquito-Borne Disease
May 19, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT. This session of Grand Rounds will highlight the importance of preventing Aedes mosquito-borne diseases and the need for improved diagnostic, prevention and control measures. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New device provides chikungunya test results in an hour
Health workers now have a quick way to detect the presence of the chikungunya (CHIKV) virus within an hour, rather than waiting for results of laboratory tests that take days, or even weeks, scientists report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Reappearance of Chikungunya in the AmericasReappearance of Chikungunya in the Americas
After nearly 200 years, chikungunya returned to the American tropics in 2013. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

New device provides chikungunya test results in an hour
(Entomological Society of America) Health workers now have a quick way to detect the presence of the chikungunya (CHIKV) virus within an hour, rather than waiting for results of laboratory tests that take days, or even weeks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Chikungunya Update for CliniciansChikungunya Update for Clinicians
The risk goes in both directions: Your patients traveling to or from the tropics could be at risk for -- or bringing back -- the chikungunya virus. CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 5, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Rio braces itself for potential chikungunya epidemic
Chikungunya, an incurable virus which has hit Peru and Colombia, could be heading for Rio, authorities in Brazil fear (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - April 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: chikungunya brazil mosquitos epidemic spread rio Source Type: news

Chikungunya revives herbal remedies in Antigua
Antigua sees revival of natural remedies (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chikungunya Virus - Coming to a City Near You
The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been the subject of increasing attention as it spreads throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. This painful and potentially debilitating disease is predicted to soon spread to the U.S. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - March 28, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news

Chikungunya Virus - Coming to a City Near You
Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, a painful and potentially debilitating disease, predicted to soon spread to the U.S. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - March 27, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news

Researchers master gene editing technique in mosquito that transmits deadly diseases
Rockefeller University researchers have successfully harnessed a technique, CRISPR-Cas9 editing, to use in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever. More » (Source: The Rockefeller University Newswire)
Source: The Rockefeller University Newswire - March 26, 2015 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: pubaff Tags: Science News aedes aegypti chikungunya CRISPR CRISPR-Cas9 dengue fever gene editing Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior Leslie B. Vosshall Leslie Vosshall mosquitos yellow fever Source Type: news

Researchers master gene editing technique in mosquito that transmits deadly diseases
(Rockefeller University) Rockefeller University researchers have successfully harnessed a technique, CRISPR-Cas9 editing, to use in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 26, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Chikungunya virus may be coming to a city near you -- learn the facts
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) The mosquito-borne chikungunya disease is predicted to soon spread to the US The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's Scott Weaver, globally recognized for his expertise in mosquito-borne diseases, has been studying chikungunya for more than 15 years. Weaver and fellow infectious disease expert Marc Lecuit of the Institut Pasteur have summarized currently available information on this disease in the March 26 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 26, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A Bug Zapper for Blood: Intercept System Deactivates Pathogens in Donated Plasma
One of the biggest concerns about blood transfusions is what might lurk in the blood – viruses, bacteria, parasites or even potentially dangerous white blood cells. Intercept, a pathogen inactivation system approved by the FDA last December, allays much of that concern by essentially castrating almost anything in the blood that uses DNA or RNA to replicate (which, on planet Earth at least, is everything we need to worry about). A handful of viruses and bacterial spores can escape the system, but clinical trials and other studies have shown its effectiveness with HIV, hepatitis B and C viruses, West Nile virus, g...
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 24, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

Travellers to the Caribbean warned about chikungunya
Latest Public Health England (PHE) annual data shows an increase in the viral illness chikungunya in the Caribbean and South America. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - March 24, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Kimberley Hackett Tags: Travel health Infections Lifestyle Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Experts warn of potential upsurge in mosquito and tick-borne diseases as UK climate gets warmer
Vector-borne diseases, which are transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, are on the rise and have spread into new territories across Europe over the past decade (eg, malaria in Greece, West Nile virus in eastern Europe, chikungunya in Italy and France). Authors of a new study say that disease-carrying mosquitoes could also become widespread across large parts of Britain within the next few decades as the climate becomes increasingly mild. More rainfall and warmer temperatures could provide ideal conditions for the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), which spreads the viruses that cause dengue and chikungu...
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Climate change 'might bring rise in UK mosquito-borne diseases'
Conclusion Overall, this review provides insights into how climate change might lead to the transmission of tropical diseases in what are currently temperate parts of the world, such as the UK. Predicting what may happen in the future can help countries make sure they are prepared for such an eventuality. This review was informed by a search for relevant literature, but may not have captured or included all relevant studies. Most of the studies were modelling studies, which are reliant on various assumptions that may or may not turn out to be correct. It's not possible to say with any certainty what will occur in the fut...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

Dengue fever and West Nile virus threat to the UK
Scientists warn that climate change could bring mosquitoes to the UK ‘within decades’Related items from OnMedicaNew target in war against mosquito-borne diseasesClimate change may increase flu severity Dengue fever cases in returning travellers increase by 60% in one yearMosquitoes win battle of repellent12-fold increase in chikungunya virus (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

12-fold increase in chikungunya virus
Majority of cases were acquired on trips to the Caribbean and South AmericaRelated items from OnMedicaDengue fever cases in returning travellers increase by 60% in one yearGlobal burden of dengue is triple WHO estimatesMalaria prophylaxisMosquitoes win battle of repellent (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Warmer weather means mosquitoes carrying killer diseases including dengue fever 'could be in the UK by 2030'
Warmer weather could make mosquitoes carrying potentially deadly diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and the virus chikungunya could take off in Britain, it is feared. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chikungunya in the United States
April 8, 2015, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT. This presentation will review basic Chikungunya virus distribution, transmission cycles, clinical disease and medical issues, diagnostics, epidemiology, surveillance, and response. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - March 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Chikungunya Vaccine Trial Shows PromiseChikungunya Vaccine Trial Shows Promise
A live recombinant vaccine against chikungunya infection, produced by modifying the measles vaccine virus, was safe and induced a good immune response in healthy volunteers in a new study from Austria. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 13, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Chikungunya: From Zero to 1.24 MIllion (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Once-rare virus now causing thousands of cases a week in the Americas. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - March 3, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Tropical Virus Symptoms Can Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Similarities may make diagnosis of chikungunya more difficult, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Viral Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Battle Rises in Florida Keys Over Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes
A tiny community near Key West is balking at a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to combat two viral diseases. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 19, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: By LIZETTE ALVAREZ Tags: Dengue Fever Oxitec Ltd Mosquitoes Florida Keys Key Haven (Fla) Genetic Engineering Chikungunya Virus Key West (Fla) Source Type: news

A Mosquito Solution (More Mosquitoes) Raises Heat in Florida Keys
A tiny community near Key West is balking at a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the mosquitoes that carry viral diseases. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 19, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: By LIZETTE ALVAREZ Tags: Dengue Fever Oxitec Ltd Mosquitoes Florida Keys Key Haven (Fla) Genetic Engineering Chikungunya Virus Key West (Fla) Source Type: news

A Mosquito Solution (More Mosquitoes) Raises Heat in Florida Keys
A tiny community near Key West is balking at a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the mosquitoes that carry viral diseases. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By LIZETTE ALVAREZ Tags: Dengue Fever Oxitec Ltd Mosquitoes Florida Keys Key Haven (Fla) Genetic Engineering Chikungunya Virus Key West (Fla) Source Type: news

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chikungunya Virus Share Symptoms
Chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne virus that has spread to the Caribbean and Central and South America and has caused isolated infections in Florida often causes joint pain and swelling similar to that seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 30, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Rheumatoid Arthritis Source Type: news

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chikungunya Virus Share Symptoms
Chikungunya virus often causes joint pain and swelling similar to that seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 30, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Rheumatoid Arthritis Source Type: news

Is it Chikungunya or rheumatoid arthritis? Symptoms can be similar
Brooks HaysST. LOUIS, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- According to a new study, blood tests of patients infected with the Chikungunya virus and of those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can show similar results. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news