Kenya: 540 Admitted in Mandera Following Chikungunya Outbreak
[Nation] Health officials in Mandera County have raised alarm after 540 residents were on Wednesday reported to have been admitted in various hospitals following outbreak of Chikungunya disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 26, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Economic Interests Harming Global Health: WHO Chief
Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), during the WHO Executive Board's special session on the Ebola emergency. Credit: UN Photo/Violaine Martin.By Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, May 24 2016 (IPS)Putting economic interests over public health is leading the world towards three slow-motion health disasters, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization’s warned the world’s health ministers on Monday.Changes in the world’s climate, the failure of more and more antibiotic drugs and the increase in so-called lifestyle diseases caused by poor diet and exercise...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Source Type: news

Vector Control Population Health Driver Diagram
Public Health Foundation. 12/03/2015This one-page diagram was designed to help community stakeholders work together to decrease the presence of vectors and prevent vector-borne disease transmission in a community. Vector-borne diseases include the Zika virus, dengue, and chikungunya. The resource's goals include increasing efficiency and effectiveness of vector control program services, building vector control program infrastructure and capacity, and reducing environmental factors that lead to vector borne disease. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

ZAP (Zika Action Plan) Summit Follow-Up: Health Messaging and Communication for Response to U.S. Zika Virus Transmission
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 05/06/2016These presentation slides are from a webinar that describes the phased response for responding to Zika in the United States, identifies key audiences and messages for a Zika communication plan, and describes how a state health program prepared for the emergence of mosquito-borne disease (chikungunya and dengue). Follow the directions for "Continuing Education Information," if interested in CE. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 17, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Health Messaging and Communication for Response to U.S. Zika Virus Transmission
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 05/06/2016This Web page provides the presentation slides from a webinar that describes the phased response for responding to Zika in the United States, identifies key audiences and messages for a Zika communication plan, and describes how a state health program prepared for the emergence of mosquito-borne disease (chikungunya and dengue). Follow the directions for "Continuing Education Information," if interested in CE. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 17, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Potential Risks to Public Health Related to Communicable Diseases at the Olympics and Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 05/10/2016This 20-page document assesses the health risks related to communicable diseases and other health threats for European citizens during their stay in Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Summer Games, and the public health implications for European countries after travelers return to Europe. It discusses emerging and vector-borne diseases, including Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and malaria. It also assesses the risk of disease importation from Europe to Brazil. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Reduced Incidence of Chikungunya Virus Infection in Communities with Ongoing Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Trap Intervention Studies — Salinas and Guayama, Puerto Rico, November 2015–February 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 13, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

An old new weapon against emerging Chikungunya virus
(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) Researchers utilize existing drugs to interfere with host factors required for replication of Chikungunya virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What You Need To Know About Mosquitoes And Your Health This Summer
Avoiding mosquitos this summer is about more than preventing itchy bumps. It’s about preventing serious disease. Americans in certain parts of the U.S. should be on higher alert than usual about mosquitos because of the ongoing Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, experts say. And while the highest risk zones are in Florida and Texas, more of the U.S. may be at risk.  The world’s scientists generally agree that the mosquito-borne virus can cause severe birth defects like microcephaly. And scientists such as Anthony Cornel, a medical entomologist at the University of California, Davi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Billboard Traps And Kills Mosquitoes Carrying Zika Virus
An effective method to fight the Zika virus may be at the side of a road. The international public health emergency has left researchers and health professionals scrambling to devise a way to put a stop to the virus that is spread by mosquitoes and through sex, and causes microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome at birth. In Brazil, which has been hit hardest by the outbreak, innovators have found a way to kill the disease-carrying mosquitoes wherever they happen to be. Posterscope Brasil recently launched the “Mosquito Killer Billboard” in Rio de Janeiro. The mechanism sprays a solution that’s a co...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Billboard Traps And Kills Mosquitoes Carrying Zika Virus
An effective method to fight the Zika virus may be at the side of a road. The international public health emergency has left researchers and health professionals scrambling to devise a way to put a stop to the virus that is spread by mosquitoes and through sex, and causes microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome at birth. In Brazil, which has been hit hardest by the outbreak, innovators have found a way to kill the disease-carrying mosquitoes wherever they happen to be. Posterscope Brasil recently launched the “Mosquito Killer Billboard” in Rio de Janeiro. The mechanism sprays a solution that’s a co...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Waiting in the Wings: Emergence, Impact and Control of Mosquito-Borne Viruses
New York University, International Center for Enterprise Preparedness. 04/14/2016This one-hour, 33-minute webinar discusses the Zika virus and other emerging mosquito-borne diseases, led by an expert who conducts cutting-edge research on the emergence and control of mosquito-borne viruses, including Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The discussion covers the shift in mosquito-borne virus epidemiology, where the viruses are coming from, and what the response can be. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

EARLY RELEASE: Reduced Incidence of Chikungunya Virus Infection in Communities with Ongoing Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Trap Intervention Studies — Salinas and Guayama, Puerto Rico, November 2015–February 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 10, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Controlling Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus: Information for Vector Control Programs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 03/31/2016This two-page fact sheet provides information about vectors of chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses, and recommends using integrated vector management (IVM) strategies for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species mosquitoes, the primary vectors. It describes recommended ways to control mosquitoes, which include conducting surveillance, removing larval habitats, controlling adult mosquitoes, and monitoring for pesticide resistance. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Why Mosquitoes Are So Obsessed with Humans -- and Why It Matters
All of us encounter a pesky mosquito from time to time. For most people, it's little more than a momentary nuisance. A nip, a few days of itching, and we move on with our lives. Many people don't get by so easily, unfortunately. Each year, mosquito bites lead to the death of an estimated 1 million people--more than the population residing in cities as large as Detroit or Geneva. Many, many millions of additional people get tremendously sick from mosquito bites, even though they don't pass away. This widespread suffering is the result of mosquito-borne diseases - viruses and parasites that pass into our bloodstream when...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zika: Epidemiological Update; 21 April 2016
World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization. 04/21/2016This 11-page document provides an update on the incidence and trends of the Zika virus outbreak. It reports on trends of reported arbovirus cases (dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus) and suspected measles and rubella cases; Zika virus in pregnant women; congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus; Guillain-Barre syndrome and neurological disorders; and significant findings. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Zika Interview: "Virus May Create Outbreaks In Europe, The U.S. And Asia In The Future"
Associated with grave birth defects, the Zika virus tearing across Latin America could eventually affect more than half of the world's population. That's according to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine which agreed to an interview via email. Although the current epidemic in the Americas is being spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, according to Jimmy Whitworth, the School's Professor of International Public Health: "A number of mosquitos have been documented to carry the Zika virus. For example, the Aedes albopictus mosquito which resides in large parts of the U.S., southern Europe, and Asia is o...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Study Links Zika To Brain Disorder In Adults
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new brain disorder associated with Zika infections in adults: an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Zika has already been linked with the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, which attacks peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, causing temporary paralysis that can in some cases require patients to rely on respirators for breathing. The new discovery now shows Zika may provoke an immune attack on the central nervous system as well. The findings add to the growing list...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zika Virus Disease Epidemic: Preparedness Planning Guide for Diseases Transmitted by Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 04/08/2016This 25-page document highlights preparedness activities that can effectively contribute to reducing the risk of importation and local transmission of pathogens transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The main diseases of concern in this context are Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. The document focuses mainly on the transmission of these four diseases by mosquito bites, which is the main mode of transmission. Other modes of transmission, such as sexual transmission, perinatal transmission, and potential transmission through...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Argentinian researchers develop trap for mosquito that transmits Zika
(Entomological Society of America) Argentinian researchers have developed a new trap that can be used to effectively monitor and control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the primary transmitter of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Estimated Range of Aedes Albopictus and Aedes Aegypti in the United States, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 03/30/2016This one-page document provides two maps of the estimated range of Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the United States in 2016. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are more likely to spread Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and other viruses than other types of mosquitoes such as Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Zika, Chik and Dengue: Re-Emerging Enemies and the Battle Against Them
Emory University School of Medicine. 03/15/2016This 55-minute presentation discusses the epidemiology of some of the emerging and re-emerging vector-borne diseases, including Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Speakers describe how to identify the clinical manifestations of these diseases, how they might be distinguished, and the complications that may occur. They compare the limited knowledge of Zika natural history (including immunology and virology) to the more extensive knowledge base for chikungunya and dengue. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Vector Surveillance and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 03/29/0216This resource provides maps and information about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in the United States. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are more likely to spread Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and other viruses than other types of mosquitoes such as Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. The Web page provides links for additional information about vector control. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Mosquito-Borne Viruses, Zika and Pregnancy
This study suggests that the risk of microcephaly is especially high with a Zika infection during the first trimester of pregnancy. Teams of scientists from CDC are now in Brazil, where the connection was first identified, working with local health officials to conduct the first large-scale investigation into Zika and microcephaly. That research will take time. We now know that when a woman becomes infected with rubella, also known as German measles, during her first trimester of pregnancy, her baby has up to an 80 percent chance of being born with a wide range of birth defects -- including deafness, eye defects, heart de...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blueprint for R&D Preparedness and Response to Public Health Emergencies Due to Highly Infectious Pathogens: Workshop on Prioritization of Pathogens
World Health Organization. 02/24/2016This seven-page document summarizes a meeting held on December 8-9, 2015, to prepare a process for prioritization of pathogens under the blueprint for accelerated R&D for severe emerging diseases with potential to generate a public health emergency, and for which no, or insufficient, preventive and curative solutions exist. Diseases requiring R&D include filovirus diseases (Ebola and Marburg), highly pathogenic emerging Coronaviruses relevant to humans (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and SARS), chikungunya, and Zika virus. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guid...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The Northeast Is Also At Risk For Zika Mosquitos This Summer
If you thought Florida and Texas were the only states that had to worry about Zika virus this summer, think again. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its maps showing the territory range for the Zika-capable Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species of mosquito. The agency noted that the Aedes aegypti is more likely to spread viruses such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya than the Aedes albopictus, though the latter is capable of transmission, too.  "There are more places at risk than realize they're at risk, given where the mosquito is likely to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novel vaccine strategy produces rapid, long-term protection against Chikungunya virus
New research has demonstrated how a novel vaccine strategy that boosts the immune system by rapidly producing antibodies against CHIKV, combined with a traditional DNA-based vaccine approach, can provide both short term and long term protection against the virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 31, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Novel vaccine strategy produces rapid and long-term protection against Chikungunya virus
(The Wistar Institute) New research from The Wistar Institute has demonstrated how a novel vaccine strategy that boosts the immune system by rapidly producing antibodies against CHIKV, combined with a traditional DNA-based vaccine approach, can provide both short term and long term protection against the virus. Study results are published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New Topic Page: Chikungunya
Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on Chikungunya. Chikungunya is a virus that spread by the same kinds of mosquitoes that spread dengue and Zika virus. Rarely, it can spread from mother to newborn around the time of birth... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)
Source: What's New on MedlinePlus - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers: Interpreting Trioplex Real-Time RT-PCR Assay (Trioplex rRT-PCR) Results
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 03/17/2016This four-page document provides information about the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s issuing of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to authorize the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Trioplex Real-Time RT-PCR Assay (Trioplex rRT-PCR) for the in vitro qualitative detection of Zika virus. With specified instruments, this assay tests for Zika virus, dengue virus, and chikungunya virus RNA in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

MedlinePlus: Chikungunya
(Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - March 23, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Dengue and Chikungunya in Our Backyard: Preventing Aedes Mosquito-Borne Disease
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 05/19/2015This one-hour presentation highlights the importance of preventing Aedes mosquito-borne diseases and the need for improved diagnostic, prevention, and control measures. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are the primary vectors for dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika viruses. Speakers address the status and frontiers of vector control, and how emerging insecticide resistance is a growing concern for chemically-based interventions. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Lighting up disease-carrying mosquitoes
A simple technique for simultaneously detecting RNA from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples from mosquitoes has been developed by a researcher who is now working to add the ability to screen for Zika virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lighting up disease-carrying mosquitoes
(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Robert Meagher, a chemical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, has developed a simple technique for simultaneously detecting RNA from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples from mosquitoes. He is now working to add the ability to screen for Zika virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Zika News: 3-in-1 Lab Test Authorized, Travel-Related Cases in U.S. (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH Here's the latest on the Zika virus outbreak:The FDA authorized emergency use of a test that can identify whether someone is infected with Zika, dengue, or chikungunya. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 21, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Summit on the Aedes Aegypti Crisis in the Americas
Entomological Society of America. 03/13/2016This Web page provides information and background materials for the Summit on the Aedes Aegypti Crisis in the Americas, held in Brazil on March 13, 2016. Scientific, business, and nongovernmental experts and leaders met to map out a plan for successfully managing the Aedes aegypti mosquito, an insect that is a vector of Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya, and is causing serious public health crises across the hemisphere. The page provides links to Full Agenda for the Summit, Speakers at the Summit, and Briefing Paper. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide fo...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Chikungunya – Argentina
On 7 March 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Argentina notified PAHO/WHO of the first chikungunya outbreak in the country. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 14, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Argentina [country], Disease outbreak news [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

Protecting the Health and Safety of Workers in Emergency Vector Control of Aedes Mosquitoes: Interim Guidance for Vector Control and Health Workers
World Health Organization. 03/10/2016This 11-page document provides recommendations on essential measures to protect the health and safety of operators and other persons involved in emergency vector control of Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Measures include space spraying of insecticides, larvicide application, and, in some cases, indoor residual spraying. The guidance is intended to be used by vector control managers and operators, public health workers, medical professionals, district health officers, and ministries of health. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disast...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Aedes Control in Preparation for Zika
U.S. Department of Defense. 02/23/2016This two-page document describes steps being taken to prepare the Department of Defense community for Zika virus disease, particularly procedures for surveillance and control of the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. It provides links to other guidances and resources for controlling Aedes mosquitoes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Guidance Regarding Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya Viruses
U.S. Department of Defense. 02/03/2016This two-page document contains information about the potential for transfusion-transmitted Zika infection, and recommends facilitating donor self-deferral of 28 days after travel to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. It also provides educational post-donation information materials and recommendations for use by blood collection organizations relevant to Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses, and provides recommended actions to be taken by the collection facility in response to post-donation information reports. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Protecting the Health and Safety of Workers in Emergency Vector Control of Aedes Mosquitoes: Interim Guidance for Vector Control and Health Workers
World Health Organization. 03/10/2016This 11-page document provides recommendations on essential measures to protect the health and safety of operators and other persons involved in emergency vector control of Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Measures include space spraying of insecticides, larvicide application, and, in some cases, indoor residual spraying. The guidance is intended to be used by vector control managers and operators, public health workers, medical professionals, district health officers, and ministries of health. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disast...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Aedes Control in Preparation for Zika
U.S. Department of Defense. 02/23/2016This two-page document describes steps being taken to prepare the Department of Defense community for Zika virus disease, particularly procedures for surveillance and control of the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. It provides links to other guidances and resources for controlling Aedes mosquitoes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Guidance Regarding Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya Viruses
U.S. Department of Defense. 02/03/2016This two-page document contains information about the potential for transfusion-transmitted Zika infection, and recommends facilitating donor self-deferral of 28 days after travel to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. It also provides educational post-donation information materials and recommendations for use by blood collection organizations relevant to Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses, and provides recommended actions to be taken by the collection facility in response to post-donation information reports. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Change in mosquito mating may control Zika virus
Genetic cues from male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes passed on during sex affect which genes are turned on or off in a females' reproductive tract post-mating, including genes related to blood feeding, egg development and immune defense, according to new research.The researchers believe such processes provide information that could be exploited to fight mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Change in mosquito mating may control Zika virus
(Cornell University) Genetic cues from male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes passed on during sex affect which genes are turned on or off in a females' reproductive tract post-mating, including genes related to blood feeding, egg development and immune defense, according to new Cornell research.The researchers believe such processes provide information that could be exploited to fight mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 11, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Chikungunya misdiagnosis masks true burden
The viral disease is often reported as the better-known dengue because of similar symptoms, finds study. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - March 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

AIBS to Convene Expert Panel on Science of Zika, Potential for Genetic Control
The Zika virus is the most recent example of a virus spreading rapidly around the world with the assistance of an animal vector - in this case the mosquito Aedes. On 15 March 2016, the American Institute of Biological Sciences will convene a meeting of scientific experts to discuss the epidemiology of Zika, the potential for genetic control of the mosquito species that transmit it, and the ethical issues associated with the use of this new biotechnology. This webinar program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. The extraordinarily fast spread of the Zika virus has prompted...
Source: Public Policy Reports - March 8, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Briefing Paper: Summit on the Aedes Aegypti Crisis in the Americas; Joining Together to Address a Grand Challenge
Entomological Society of America. 02/05/2016This four-page document is a briefing paper for the Summit on the Aedes Aegypti Crisis in the Americas, scheduled for March 13, 2016, in Brazil. The purpose of this summit is to explore how national entomological societies can use their expertise to address mosquito-borne disease in the Americas, including Zika fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news