Can tiny bacteria help stop the spread of disease?
Mosquitoes kill an estimated 700 000 people a year by transmitting viruses that cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue and Zika. With the help of WHO, researchers have discovered that mosquitoes artificially infected with a bacterium called Wolbachia do not transmit these diseases as easily. Wolbachia bacteria exist naturally, and it may be possible to create populations of mosquitoes that cannot transmit deadly viruses by breeding mosquitoes infected with the bacteria. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - December 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: zika [subject] Source Type: news

Combatting Zika in Texas
“Photo” by SilasCamargo is licensed under CC0. Texas recently saw its first case of locally transmitted Zika, meaning it was spread through infected mosquitos. Texas was generally always considered a location to watch for the spread of locally transmitted Zika because in the past, the state has seen mosquitos carrying dengue fever and chikungunya virus. The Texas Department of State Health Services first started recommended testing for Zika in the Rio Grande Valley back in October, and the area saw its first local case at the end of November. Since this first confirmation, the state has seen several more local...
Source: Network News - December 22, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NN/LM South Central Region Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

WHO (World Health Organization) Emergency Use Assessment and Listing for Zika IVDs (In Vitro Diagnostics): AccuPower ® ZIKV (DENV, CHIKV) Multiplex Real-Time RT-PCR Kit; EUAL Number: EAZ 0006-004-00
World Health Organization. 10/28/2016 This 64-page document provides information about the World Health Organization's Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL) procedure to expedite the availability of in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) for AccuPower ® ZIKV (DENV, CHIKV) Multiplex Real-Time RT-PCR Kit, with product code ZIK-1111. The kit is an in vitro diagnostic kit designed for the qualitative detection of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya virus RNA in human samples such as serum, plasma, and urine (only for Zika) samples through real-time rever se transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers develop first chikungunya vaccine from virus that does not affect people
Researchers have developed the first vaccine for chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific virus that doesn't have any effect on people, making the vaccine safe and effective. The newly developed vaccine quickly produces a strong immune defense and completely protects mice and nonhuman primates from disease when exposed to the chikungunya virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

UTMB researchers develop first chikungunya vaccine from virus that does not affect people
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed the first vaccine for chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific virus that doesn't have any effect on people, making the vaccine safe and effective. The newly developed vaccine quickly produces a strong immune defense and completely protects mice and nonhuman primates from disease when exposed to the chikungunya virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 19, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zika-linked birth defects more extensive than previously thought, UCLA-led research finds
UCLADr. Karin NielsenNew UCLA-led research finds that Zika-linked abnormalities that occur in human fetuses are more extensive — and severe — than previously thought, with 46 percent of 125 pregnancies among Zika-infected women resulting in birth defects in newborns or ending in fetal death.Thestudy, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that damage during fetal development from the mosquito-borne virus can occur throughout pregnancy and that other birth defects are more common than microcephaly, when babies are born with very small heads. Further, these defects may only be detected weeks o...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 15, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Assessing Fever in Returning Travelers: Part II
  Zika continues to be the virus of the day for returning travelers, but there are several other diseases that we need to consider in these patients when they present to us in the emergency department. Chikungunya is epidemic in many of the same countries as Zika and can be even more devastating. And Avian and MERS-CoV is still present in many countries. Unlike patients infected with Zika virus, these patients do require isolation to protect our health care staff from infection. Chikungunya Chikungunya, which means “to walk bent over,” was likely endemic but unrecognized in the United States before the mos...
Source: EPMonthly.com - November 25, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt McGahen Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

As the Aedes aegypti mosquito spreads globally, so does the risk of epidemics
Of all the mosquito species that populate the planet, few have proved themselves more resilient or more deadly to humans than the Aedes aegypti. The epidemics fueled by this tiny mosquito stretch across hundreds of years and include millions of victims. Yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya. And now Zika, which has spread to more than 50 […]Related:Many Medicare cancer patients hit by high out-of-pocket costsMany LASIK patients may wind up with glare, halos or other visual symptoms, study suggestsNormal head size at birth doesn’t rule out microcephaly, Zika syndrome after birth (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aethlon ’ s blood filtration device as broad countermeasure for infectious diseases
In the midst of a devastating global crisis 2 years ago, a Ugandan physician was infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone as he was treating patients. He was hospitalized at the Frankfurt University Hospital and 12 days later he was unconscious, suffering from multiple organ failure. By the time Aethlon Medical (NSDQ:AEMD) got permission to use its Hemopurifier device, the doctor required mechanical ventilation, continuous dialysis and vasopressor medications. After almost 7 hours of treatment with the single cartridge blood filtration device, the patient’s viral load dropped from 400,000 virus copies per milliliter ...
Source: Mass Device - November 18, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Research & Development Aethlon Medical Inc. MassDevice Q&A Source Type: news

Mosquitoes May Infect You With More Than One Disease In A Single Bite
As if disease-carrying mosquitoes weren’t bad enough in the first place, scientists have found the pesky insects may be able to infect us with two viruses at the same time.  A small lab study that exposed mosquitoes to blood infected with varying combinations of dengue, Zika and chikungunya proved that the mosquitoes were able to pick up two viruses — Zika and chikungunya — at the same time. The results suggest that human beings could be infected with both the Zika virus and the chikungunya virus in one bite, but researchers need to conduct more studies to find out how this affects a person&rsqu...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 17, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya Prevention Toolkit
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. 10/17/2016 This 55-page document is a toolkit for two modules that promote community and school outreach activities for Zika, dengue, and chikungunya prevention. It features full-color imagery, interactive formats, and games material to teach all audiences according to the methodology suggested in the two module guides. All materials can be printed in color or black/white and are of high resolution for those national societies wishing to enlarge and print posters and banners for other uses in their Zika, dengue, and/or chikungunya prevention activities. (PDF...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 17, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Mosquitoes can spread Zika, Chikungunya at the same time
HealthDay News Mosquitoes can infect people with Zika and chikungunya viruses at the same time, new research suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Can Deliver Virus Double Whammy
And like Zika, dengue and chikungunya can also cause neurological problems, study found (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Can Deliver Zika/Chikungunya Double Whammy
And like Zika, dengue and chikungunya can also cause neurological problems, study found Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chikungunya, Insect Bites and Stings, Zika Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Can Deliver Zika/Chikungunya Double Whammy
MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 -- Mosquitoes can infect people with Zika and chikungunya viruses at the same time, new research suggests. And another study found that in addition to Zika virus, two other mosquito-borne viruses -- chikungunya and dengue --... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New evidence finds mosquitoes could infect humans with Zika and chikungunya viruses at the same time
(Burness) Mosquitoes are capable of carrying Zika and chikungunya viruses simultaneously and can secrete enough in their saliva to potentially infect humans with both viruses in a single bite, according to new research presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 14, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Effective Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance and Control
ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute). 10/26/2016 This 45-minute webinar discusses how geographic information systems (GIS) can provide the tools to help reduce the outbreak, exposure, and spread of vector-borne diseases, including the Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. It discusses tracking the spread of disease, and the impact of vector-borne diseases, which are on the rise in the Asia Pacific region. It also provides maps of the global distribution and habitat of aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit those viruses. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Gu...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Zika Appears To Affect Women More Than Men
By Julie SteenhuysenCHICAGO (Reuters) - Adult women in Puerto Rico were significantly more likely to develop Zika than men, researchers said on Thursday, raising new questions about the potential role of sexual transmission of the virus from males to females. The study, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on death and disease, evaluated more than 29,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika since the outbreak began in Puerto Rico in November 2015. The data show that of all Zika cases with laboratory evidence of infection, 62 percent were female. The results pattern similar ob...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika Appears To Affect Women More Than Men
By Julie SteenhuysenCHICAGO (Reuters) - Adult women in Puerto Rico were significantly more likely to develop Zika than men, researchers said on Thursday, raising new questions about the potential role of sexual transmission of the virus from males to females. The study, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on death and disease, evaluated more than 29,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika since the outbreak began in Puerto Rico in November 2015. The data show that of all Zika cases with laboratory evidence of infection, 62 percent were female. The results pattern similar ob...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

‘ Lazy Mosquitoes ’ Mean More Women Than Men Get Chikungunya - Scientists ‘ Lazy Mosquitoes ’ Mean More Women Than Men Get Chikungunya - Scientists
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Chikungunya, Zika Virus Dissemination in the Americas Chikungunya, Zika Virus Dissemination in the Americas
A better understanding of the dissemination of these viruses through the Americas could have important implications for disease control.Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 8, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

The Strange Reason Women Get Chikungunya More Than Men
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - “Lazy mosquitoes” are the reason why women, who tend to spend more time at home than men, are more likely to be infected by chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne viral disease which spreads the same way as Zika, researchers said on Monday. Chikungunya, which is commonly transmitted by the daytime-biting aedes aegypti mosquito, can cause debilitating symptoms including fever, headache and severe joint pain lasting months. A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analyzed a 2012 outbreak of chikungunya in the Bangladeshi village of Palpar...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Strange Reason Women Get Chikungunya More Than Men
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - “Lazy mosquitoes” are the reason why women, who tend to spend more time at home than men, are more likely to be infected by chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne viral disease which spreads the same way as Zika, researchers said on Monday. Chikungunya, which is commonly transmitted by the daytime-biting aedes aegypti mosquito, can cause debilitating symptoms including fever, headache and severe joint pain lasting months. A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analyzed a 2012 outbreak of chikungunya in the Bangladeshi village of Palpar...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Lazy mosquitoes' mean more women than men get chikungunya: scientists
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "Lazy mosquitoes" are the reason why women, who tend to spend more time at home than men, are more likely to be infected by chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne viral disease which spreads the same way as Zika, researchers said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mosquito-borne illness spreads in and around homes, disproportionately hits women
Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya appear to be driven by infections centered in and around the home, with women significantly more likely to become ill, suggests new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 7, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Southern Research contracted for Zika drug discovery
Southern Research has landed an additional Zika research grant, the company announced Monday. The National Institutes of Health have awarded Southern Research $650,000 to begin high throughput screening for Zika, a drug-discovery process in antiviral research. The award is a supplement to a larger grant Southern received in 2014 for HTS antiviral screenings against dengue, West Nile, SARS, influenza, Venezuela equine encephalitis complex and chikungunya. According to a Southern release, the company… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 7, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Melissa Brown Source Type: news

Mosquito-borne illness spreads in and around homes, disproportionately hits women
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya appear to be driven by infections centered in and around the home, with women significantly more likely to become ill, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Institut Pasteur in Paris and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 7, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zika's Rapid Rise and the Limp Global Response Reveal Dire Global Health Challenges
With cases rising in Florida, Singapore, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago, the Zika virus pandemic is raising public concern in regions across the globe, including the U.S., where about 80 percent of Americans are aware of it but only 40 percent understand how it is actually transmitted. This raises a host of questions not only about the clinical and epidemiological scope of the outbreak, but also about the ability of citizens, public health authorities and politicians at all levels to adequately deal with it.  So far, the response has been slow and the challenge remains serious and unpredictable. We need to understand...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

2015 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Saving Lives; Protecting People
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 09/06/2016 This 32-page health security report describes the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 to ensure Americans'health, safety, and security. It includes chapters on Public Health Preparedness and Response, Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and Global Health. It discusses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and outbreaks of chikungunya, dengue fever, foodborne illnesses, healthcare-associated infections, monkeypox, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, rabies, and plague. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Point-of-Care Diagnostic Promising for Detection of Chikungunya Virus Point-of-Care Diagnostic Promising for Detection of Chikungunya Virus
A newly developed reverse transcription recombinase polymerase amplification (RT-RPA) assay shows promise as a point-of-care diagnostic for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - October 5, 2016 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Strategy for Arboviral Disease Prevention and Control
World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization. 07/10/2016 This 19-page document, prepared for the 68th Session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization for the Americas in September 2016, presents a proposal to implement in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization and other organizations and associate entities in order to guide and strengthen the processes of surveillance, diagnosis, and management of arboviral diseases, including chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Structure of the BinAB toxin revealed
Could we get rid of mosquitoes without polluting the environment? Yes, we can, say researchers. The BinAB toxin, produced in crystal form by a bacterium, specifically kills the larvae of Culex and Anopheles mosquitoes, but it is inactive on tiger mosquitoes (or Aedes), the vectors for dengue fever and chikungunya. Knowledge of the molecular structure of BinAB is necessary if we are to broaden its spectrum of action. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A top 10 list waiting to save lives!
By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog Sometimes I have to remind myself we are in the 21st Century when I hear that infectious diseases are a leading cause of death among adults and remain the leading cause of death in children. While most of these deaths occur in the developing world, a significant number occur in middle income countries. Vaccines are the most cost effective medical intervention known to prevent infectious diseases. An effective vaccine can significantly reduce the mortality associated with them. However, while we have come a long way, the reality is that we have relatively few effective vaccines. O...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Sociol-ecological system approach leads to new information in study of mosquito-borne viruses
Upstate Medical University researcher Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD, MPA, describes how a collaborative approach by researchers of varying disciplines is being used as a framework for studying the mosquito-borne viruses, zika, dengue and chikungunya. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - September 27, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Paracetamol, injections to cost as much as 35% less
Injections are more commonly used in cases of high fever from dengue and chikungunya. Government data till September 18 shows 78 people died of dengue across the country. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - September 27, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Can a mosquito transmit more than one disease?
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: chikungunya [subject], yellow fever [subject], zika [subject], Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon
TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 -- Zika, dengue, chikungunya: As if there weren't enough mosquito-borne viruses to worry about, researchers say another has been spotted for the first time in Haiti. Blood test results revealed that an 8-year-old boy living... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Zydus Cadila partners Takeda for chikungunya vaccine
Cadila Healthcare said terms of the agreement are not disclosed, but it is expected that this partnership will boost access to medicines in the future. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - September 20, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zydus Cadila and Takeda partner to develop vaccine for Chikungunya virus
Indian healthcare provider Zydus Cadila and Takeda Pharmaceutical have agreed to partner to develop a vaccine for an emerging infectious disease known as Chikungunya. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 20, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Want a Zika Test? It ’ s Not Easy
Men and women who want to be sure they are Zika free before trying to conceive are being told they aren ’ t eligible for Zika testing. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Zika Virus Pregnancy and Childbirth Chikungunya Virus Mosquitoes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Source Type: news

Young people take the lead against Zika in Brazil
Language EnglishBAHIA, Brazil –Young people are taking the lead against Zika in the slums and favelas of Brazil, where poor sanitation has led to a proliferation of mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Guidelines for Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus Surveillance and Insecticide Resistance Testing in the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 08/29/2016 This nine-page document provides surveillance guidelines that were developed for local, state, and territorial health departments and cities in the United States receiving Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement funding. They were developed to improve knowledge of the distribution and local abundance of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, known vectors of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses, in the United States, and to produce and publicly post frequently updated (monthly) mosquito distribution maps. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resourc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Ross River virus battle breakthrough
(Griffith University) Research conducted by Griffith University and Melbourne-based company Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals Limited has uncovered a potential new therapeutic treatment for the global battle against mosquito-borne alphavirus infections, including the debilitating Ross River virus and chikungunya virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ross river virus therapy hailed by scientists as 'life-changing'
Patients report ‘remarkable’ improvements after course of drug aimed at protecting cartilage in their jointsScientists have discovered a “life-changing” therapy to treat people with the crippling mosquito-borne Ross river virus.Sufferers of RRV and the chikungunya virus – both alphavirus infections transmitted through mosquitoes – are now only offered non-steroid anti-inflammatories or corticosteroids to treat the debilitating symptoms.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 7, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Australian Associated Press Tags: Medical research Health (Australia) Brisbane Queensland Australia news Science Source Type: news

So THAT'S When You Should See A Doctor For A Bug Bite
The Question: When does a bug bite require serious medical attention? The Answer: Sometimes that pesky mosquito bite just needs a little hydrocortisone cream and time to heal. But occasionally, it’s not so simple. While most bug bites and stings are harmless, some can be dangerous if not treated properly — especially if you have an undiagnosed allergy to a particular bug venom or if that bug is a disease carrier. The summer months seem to be stocked with extra critters crawling and buzzing around us, upping the chances that you, a friend or a family member might need a dermatologist’s expertise. Her...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Integrated Mosquito Management for Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus Mosquitoes
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 08/11/2016 This resource provides information about the integrated mosquito management (IMM) or integrated vector management (IVM) approach to control mosquitoes. IMM uses a combination of methods to prevent and control mosquitoes that spread viruses, like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The resource provides information about how to conduct mosquito surveillance, remove places where mosquitoes lay eggs, control young and adult mosquitoes, and monitor control programs. It also provides links to related resources in Portuguese, Spanish, and several other languages. (Text) (Source: ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Delhi govt caps chikungunya test cost
Chikungunya cases in Delhi have shot up to 432 a massive rise in the figure released by civic authorities, who had reported just 20 cases till last week. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Center and Public Health Actions to Reduce the Risk of Zika Virus Transfusion Transmission: Association Bulletin #16-06
American Association of Blood Banks. 08/16/2016 This 16-page document supplements Association Bulletin #16-04, Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya Viruses, and provides additional information on Zika virus, including clinical outcomes following infection, reported cases of transfusion transmission, and activities to be undertaken in response to the event of local transmission of Zika virus in the United States, or in advance in areas at perceived high risk for local transmission. It contains recommendations, including the availability and use of investigational blood donation screening tests for Zika virus. (PDF) (Source: Disast...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news