Mosquito-borne virus chikungunya worries CDC
A debilitating, mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya has made its way to North Carolina, health officials say. It's the state's first reported case of the virus. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: June 12, 2014
First Chikungunya Case Confirmed in U.S. Virgin Islands (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Chikungunya Case Confirmed in U.S. Virgin Islands
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Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Spreads in the Americas Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Spreads in the Americas
Local transmission of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere, first reported in December 2013, has now been detected in 17 Caribbean or South America countries or territories. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - June 6, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Chikungunya Virus Spreads in the Americas — Caribbean and South America, 2013–2014
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 6, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CDC: Chikungunya Rising in Caribbean; U.S. Cases Likely to Increase (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has now been identified in 17 countries or territories in the Caribbean and South America, according to an MMWR … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - June 6, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Florida facing threat from two mosquito-borne diseases
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Two mosquito-borne diseases - dengue fever and chikungunya - are posing a serious threat to Florida and residents should take steps to control mosquito populations to try to limit the danger, a leading health expert said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Chikungunya Cases Rising in Caribbean
(MedPage Today) -- In just a few months, a virus new to the Americas has made itself quite at home in the Caribbean. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus spreads in the Caribbean
PORT-AU-PRINCE/SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - A painful mosquito-borne virus spreading quickly through the Caribbean is causing alarm in Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic, where health officials are scrambling to respond to a surge of new patients. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New virus spreads rapidly through Caribbean
Chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne illness, is wreaking havoc on a number of islands in the region (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leading virologists join together to address urgent viral threat
(Global Virus Network) Causing victims to suffer severe fever and pain, chikungunya virus has reached the Caribbean and South America and is predicted to soon cause outbreaks in the United States. The Global Virus Network (GVN), whose scientific director includes virologist, Dr. Robert Gallo, will announce the formation of the GVN Chikungunya Task Force. The announcement coincides with World Health Day -- April 7: Vector-borne diseases are the theme and Chikungunya is spread by vector-borne mosquitoes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 7, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Chikungunya poised to invade the Americas
(American Society for Microbiology) A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 7, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Is Zika on our Doorstep?
Three months ago, most people had never heard of the Zika virus. Today, it makes global headlines on a daily basis. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ marking only the fourth time an outbreak has been given such a designation in WHO’s history. The label is given to extraordinary events that endanger public health and constitute a risk to other states through the worldwide spread of a disease and potentially require a coordinated, international response. Even though the Zika virus has been known since 1947, the alarm has on...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 18, 2014 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Chikungunya Gaining Foothold in Western Hemisphere (FREE)
By Kelly Young Chikungunya virus has infected roughly 3700 people in the eastern Caribbbean since showing up on the French side of St. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 10, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Chikungunya: Information and Treatment
‘Chikungunya,’ is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitos. The disease causes a person to experience fever and severe joint pain. Additional symptoms include headache, muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue fever and may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 17, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Chikungunya Poses Global Health Threat
[Reporter]In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a sharp rise in a dengue-like disease called chikungunya. As of 2 January, 122 confirmed cases have been reported in five countries in the eastern Caribbean. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 13, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

First Reports of Chikungunya in Western Hemisphere
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CDC issues warning for St. Martin over chikungunya fears
Chikungunya is a viral disease that causes fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, rashes and muscle or joint pain for days or weeks (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Reports of Chikungunya in Western Hemisphere
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Viral Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Briefing | Health: Caribbean Travelers Warned About Mosquito-Borne Illness
Travelers to the island of St. Martin are being warned that, for the first time, a mosquito-borne illness called chikungunya has been detected there.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By DENISE GRADY Tags: Chikungunya Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mosquitoes St Martin (Caribbean) Source Type: news

CDC: Consider Chikungunya Infection in Recent Caribbean Travelers (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Infection with chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus, should be considered in patients with acute-onset fever and polyarthralgia who've recently traveled to the … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 16, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Chikungunya in the French part of the Caribbean isle of Saint Martin
Chikungunya (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 10, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

"New" infectious diseases: Clinical tests on innovative Themis vaccine
A vaccine against the dreaded Chikungunya fever, developed by Vienna-based biotech company Themis Bioscience, is now undergoing clinical testing for the first time. The vaccine, which is based on a standard anti-measles vaccine, offers a genuine opportunity to halt the spread of the disease, which was originally restricted to tropical countries. Due to a lack of vaccinations, the infection is now also becoming a growing threat to industrialized countries as a result of increased foreign travel... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Weather May Influence Transmission Of West Nile, Other Threats
Urban epidemics resulting from viral diseases, such as West Nile fever and chikungunya fever, are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. According to Virginia Tech scientists, mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to dangerous viruses and more likely to transmit them to people... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

Mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures more susceptible to viruses that can affect human health
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech scientists have discovered mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to dangerous viruses and thus more likely to transmit diseases to people. The finding may have a bearing on urban epidemics resulting from viral diseases, such as West Nile fever and chikungunya fever, which are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 3, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Research Reveals How Antibodies Neutralize Mosquito-Borne Virus
Researchers have learned the precise structure of the mosquito-transmitted chikungunya virus pathogen while it is bound to antibodies, showing how the infection is likely neutralized. The findings could help researchers develop effective vaccines against the infection, which causes symptoms similar to dengue fever, followed by a prolonged disease that affects the joints and causes severe arthritis. In recent outbreaks, some cases progressed to fatal encephalitis. The researchers studied "virus-like particles," or non-infectious forms of the virus... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

How Antibodies Neutralize Mosquito-Borne Virus
Researchers have learned the precise structure of the mosquito-transmitted chikungunya virus pathogen while it is bound to antibodies, showing how the infection is likely neutralized. The findings could help researchers develop effective vaccines against the infection, which causes symptoms similar to dengue fever, followed by a prolonged disease that affects the joints and causes severe arthritis. In recent outbreaks, some cases progressed to fatal encephalitis. The researchers studied "virus-like particles," or non-infectious forms of the virus... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

Research reveals how antibodies neutralize mosquito-borne virus
(Purdue University) Researchers have learned the precise structure of the mosquito-transmitted chikungunya virus pathogen while it is bound to antibodies, showing how the infection is likely neutralized. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 2, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

"New" Infectious Diseases: Successful Vaccine Developments At Themis Bioscience
Pasteur Institute Technology Proves its Effective Potential The Viennese biotech boutique Themis has reported rapid progress in the development of two highly efficient vaccines against Dengue and Chikungunya fever. In the just concluded preclinical studies, the two vaccine candidates, based on a technology by the Parisian Pasteur Institute, displayed exceedingly good efficacy. With a single vaccination against Chikungunya it was possible to develop full vaccination protection. The Dengue fever vaccine candidate proved effective against all of the four known serotypes of this infection... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

New Method For Next-Generation Live-Attenuated Viral Vaccines Against Chikungunya Virus Shows Promise
Researchers have successfully applied a novel method of vaccine creation for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) using a technique called large scale random codon re-encoding. Using this approach, a group from the UMR_D 190, Emerging viruses Department in Marseille, France in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Australia, demonstrated that the engineered viruses exhibit a stable phenotype with a significantly decreased viral fitness (i.e., replication capacity), making it a new vaccine candidate for this emerging viral disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

Random Codon Re-Encoding Induces Stable Reduction Of Replicative Fitness Of Chikungunya Virus In Primate And Mosquito Cells
A promising new method for next-generation live-attenuated viral vaccines against Chikungunya virus Researchers have successfully applied a novel method of vaccine creation for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) using a technique called large scale random codon re-encoding.� Using this approach, a group from the UMR_D 190, Emerging viruses Department in Marseille, France in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Australia, demonstrated that the engineered viruses exhibit a stable phenotype with a significantly decreased viral fitness (i.e... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

'Alien' wildlife in Europe wreaks €12bn damage a year, study shows
From tiger mosquitoes to ragweed, more than 10,000 invasive species are putting increasing pressure on the natural worldAnimals and plants brought to Europe from other parts of the world are a bigger-than-expected threat to health and the environment costing at least €12bn (£10bn) a year, according to a study published on Thursday.More than 10,000 "alien" species have gained a foothold in Europe, from Asian tiger mosquitoes to North American ragweed, and at least 1,500 are known to be harmful, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said."In many areas, ecosystems are weakened by pollution, climate ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Biodiversity Biology World news guardian.co.uk Endangered species Europe Animals Plants Zoology Conservation Environment Invasive species Science Wildlife Source Type: news

A promising new method for next-generation live-attenuated viral vaccines against Chikungunya virus
(Public Library of Science) Researchers have applied a novel method of vaccine creation for Chikungunya virus using a technique called large scale random codon re-encoding. Using this approach, a group from the UMR_D 190, Emerging viruses Department in Marseille, France, in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Australia, demonstrated that the engineered viruses exhibit a stable phenotype with a significantly decreased viral fitness, making it a new vaccine candidate for this emerging viral disease. This paper publishes on Feb. 21 in the open-access journal, PLOS Pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Climate Change May Bring Another Mosquito-Borne Illness to U.S.
Study uses computer model to assess risk of Chikungunya virus Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Climate Change, Insect Bites and Stings, Viral Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news