First Reports of Chikungunya in Western Hemisphere
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - December 24, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

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
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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