Environmental Assessment for Investigational Use of Aedes Aegypti OX513A
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 08/05/2016 This 138-page document provides information about the environmental review for a proposed field trial to determine whether the release of Oxitec Ltd.'s genetically engineered mosquitoes (OX513A) will suppress the local Aedes aegypti mosquito population in the release area at Key Haven, Florida. This mosquito is known to transmit potentially debilitating human viral diseases, including Zika, dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya. The environmental assessment concluded that the proposed field trial will not have significant impacts on the environment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit:...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Mosquito Control for Professionals
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 07/06/2016 This resource provides guidance for vector control professionals in the United States, who use integrated vector management strategies to control Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Before a locally-acquired case(s) of Zika, chikungunya, or dengue virus infection occurs, professionals conduct surveillance to understand local populations of mosquitoes and begin control efforts. The guidance provides links to pages about Surveillance and Control, Insecticide Resistance, and Disinsection. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Approved By FDA To Fight Zika In Florida
The United States has taken another step toward clearing the way for a trial of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida as a way of reducing populations of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that a field trial testing Intrexon Corp’s genetically engineered mosquitoes would not have a significant impact on the environment. The announcement came as Florida officials ramp up aerial pesticide spraying of a neighborhood in Miami. Florida is the first state to report local transmission of the virus. Florida health authorities have identified 16 Zika cases spread by...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mosquito Control for Professionals
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 07/06/2016 This resource provides guidance for vector control professionals in the United States, who use integrated vector management strategies to control Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Before a locally-acquired case(s) of Zika, chikungunya, or dengue virus infection occurs, professionals conduct surveillance to understand local populations of mosquitoes and begin control efforts. The guidance provides links to pages about Surveillance and Control, Insecticide Resistance, and Disinsection. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

In Florida Zika Probe, Federal Scientists Kept At Arm's Length
CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) - The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government’s disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters. Coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since the state reported possible local Zika transmission on July 19 has been conducted largely at a distance, they said. That is surprising to some infectious disease experts, who say a less robust response could lead to a higher number of infections. While Florida has ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika, other mosquito-borne illnesses pose threat to travelers
Mosquitoes in the Aedes family can transmit not only the Zika virus, but also dengue and chikungunya. Travelers visiting regions affected by these diseases should take steps to protect themselves, warn experts. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Florida Officials Find More Evidence Of Potential Local Zika Spread
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Florida health department said on Wednesday it was investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States. The Florida health department said it has identified an additional case of Zika in Miami-Dade County, where it was already investigating a possible case of Zika not related to travel, and another case in Broward County, where it has been investigating a non-travel related case. “Evidence is mounting to suggest local transmission v...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Florida Officials Find More Evidence Of Potential Local Zika Spread
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Florida health department said on Wednesday it was investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States. The Florida health department said it has identified an additional case of Zika in Miami-Dade County, where it was already investigating a possible case of Zika not related to travel, and another case in Broward County, where it has been investigating a non-travel related case. “Evidence is mounting to suggest local transmission v...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Officials Investigating Possible First Local Zika Transmissions
“Stripe on stripe” by coniferconifer is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Zika Virus has been on the minds of health officials for months, but until recently the main concern to average citizens regarding the virus was simply protecting themselves from transmission while traveling to infected countries, which include much of Central and South America, and many Caribbean islands. Florida health officials are now investigating two cases of Zika in Miami-Dade County and Broward County, which they believe may have been acquired locally, although they have not ruled out sexual transmission. If confirmed, this would be t...
Source: Network News - July 26, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NN/LM South Central Region Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Latin America and Caribbean: Zika Virus Epidemic
Assessment Capacities Project. 02/05/2016 This four-page briefing note provides a crisis overview of the Zika virus epidemic. It discusses key information about the current outbreak, crisis impact, aggravating factors, contextual information, response capacity, and lessons learned. It cites experience in responding to outbreaks of dengue, malaria, and chikungunya, which demonstrates that imperative preventative measures include strengthening community health systems, public communication around hygiene, and improving environmental conditions, including waste management and decreasing standing water. (PDF) (Source: Disast...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Florida Investigating 2 Possible Local Zika Virus Infections
Health officials said Thursday they were investigating two possible cases of locally acquired Zika virus in South Florida, although sexual transmission related to travel hadn’t been ruled out. A patient in Miami-Dade County is an adult woman, according to a spokesman for the Florida Health Department. There were no details about the identity of a patient in nearby Broward County. If either case is confirmed, it would be the first local Zika transmission by mosquitoes in the U.S. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health were jointly investigating to determi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regional Zika Epidemiological Update (Americas): 14 July 2016
This report provides a regional update (as of July 14, 2016) on the incidence and trends of the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. It reports on countries and territories in the Americas with confirmed autochthonous (vector-borne) Zika virus cases, 2015-2016; chikungunya, dengue, and Zika cases by epidemiological week; congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus infection; and Guillain-Barré syndrome and other neurological disorders. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Do You Know Which Mosquito Repellents Really Work? Most People Are Wrong
Many Americans surveyed in June on how to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, dengue and Chikungunya are ill-prepared. The June survey by Spectrum Brands Holdings showed that respondents were extremely overconfident about their knowledge. While almost a quarter of participants could not name even one effective active ingredient in insect repellents, 82% incorrectly believed that specific products were effective. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 19, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone Source Type: news

This Flowchart Explains Whether Or Not You Should Get A Zika Test
If you’re headed to the Olympic Games in Rio next month, rest assured that it’s highly unlikely you’ll return home afterward with the Zika virus. A recent analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared the expected 350,000 to 500,000 Olympic spectators and participants to the number of total estimated travelers to Zika-affected countries during 2015. The results revealed that Olympic travel will make up just one-quarter of one percent of last year’s travel volume. This means the games don’t pose a serious risk of Zika transmission beyond normal travel patterns. H...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Severe Sepsis, Septic Shock Associated With ChikungunyaSevere Sepsis, Septic Shock Associated With Chikungunya
Septic shock and severe forms of sepsis have been identified as potential complications of chikungunya virus infection. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - July 13, 2016 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Surveillance and Control of Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus in the United States: April 25, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 04/27/2016This resource provides updated guidance for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquito surveillance and control in response to the risk of introduction of dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and yellow fever viruses in the United States and its territories. This document is intended for state and local public health officials and vector control specialists. It includes guidance on transmission and life cycles, global distribution, prevention and control, specimen collection and types of traps, mosquito-based surveillance indicators, and vector control. (Text) (Source: Disaster ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika, chikungunya viruses
Researchers have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti. Scientists say the bacteria could present a 'novel biological control mechanism,' aiding efforts to stop the spread of Zika virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika, chikungunya viruses
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti. Matthew Aliota, a scientist at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and first author of the paper, says the bacteria could present a 'novel biological control mechanism,' aiding efforts to stop the spread of Zika virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

A quick and easy new method to detect Wolbachia bacteria in intact Aedes mosquitoes
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. A study reports a new technique that could make one approach to mosquito control -- using Wolbachia bacteria that reduce the mosquitoes' ability to transmit viral pathogens -- a whole lot easier and cheaper to implement and evaluate. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A quick and easy new method to detect Wolbachia bacteria in intact Aedes mosquitoes
(PLOS) Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. A study published in PLOS NTDs reports a new technique that could make one approach to mosquito control -- using Wolbachia bacteria that reduce the mosquitos' ability to transmit viral pathogens -- a whole lot easier and cheaper to implement and evaluate. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 30, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What The U.S. Could Learn From Cuba About Ending Zika
Cuba has successfully held off the Zika epidemic and in the process all but eliminated Dengue fever and other mosquito-carried illnesses, state-run media reported on Tuesday. Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda told a Council of Ministers meeting that a series of measures taken this year to eliminate the Aedes strain of mosquito that carries Zika and other viruses had drastically reduced infestations. There had been no infections, he said, since one locally transmitted case, the country's 14th, was reported on March 15. Cuba has called out the military to help fumigate, activated neighborhood watch groups to check...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Kenya: Chikungunya Epidemic Casts Its Pall - What You Should Know
[The Conversation Africa] Parts of Northern Kenya have been struck by an epidemic of chikungunya, a mosquito borne viral infection. Half of the population in one Kenyan county which borders Ethiopia and Somalia has come down with the infection. There's real risk of travellers spreading it to new areas. Professor Collins Ouma from the African Institute for Development Policy in Nairobi answers some important questions about the outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 28, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Chikungunya Virus: Nurse Practitioners Help Reduce the RiskChikungunya Virus: Nurse Practitioners Help Reduce the Risk
These guidelines will help nurse practitioners promote chikungunya virus education and prevention. Journal for Nurse Practitioners (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - June 27, 2016 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

$2.3M grant funds app creation to diagnose diseases
(Cornell University) The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded to Cornell University a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop FeverPhone, which will diagnose six febrile diseases in the field: dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid fever, leptospirosis and Chagas' disease. Faculty members David Erickson and Saurabh Mehta will lead the team. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases: Cruise Line Employees
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 06/15/2016This one-page fact sheet provides questions and answers for cruise line employees about mosquito-borne diseases, which include Zika, West Nile, malaria, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. It discusses when employees are at risk, and provides tips on what employees can do to protect themselves. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Zika Virus!: This Week in Virology Live from the American Society for Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology. 05/31/2016This one-hour, 24-minute video features a conversation with four leading experts on flaviviruses to discuss what is known about the emerging pathogen Zika virus, and the state of ongoing research where the experts work. Topics include the interface between viral pathogenesis and the host immune response for several globally important mosquito-borne human pathogens, including West Nile, dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses; how the interplay between viruses and the host's immune system impacts the outcome of viral infection and disease; and how viruses propagate. (Video or Multi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 17, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Chikungunya – United States of America
On 2 June 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified PAHO/WHO of the first laboratory-confirmed case of locally-acquired Chikungunya virus in the state of Texas. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 14, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Dengue Outbreak Along the United States-Mexico BorderDengue Outbreak Along the United States-Mexico Border
An outbreak of dengue in Sonora, Mexico crossed the border into Arizona, highlighting the risk of local transmission of mosquito-borne viruses, including Zika and chikungunya, in US border regions. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Kenya: Stepping Up the Fight to End Cholera and Chikungunya Outbreaks in Mandera County
[IPS] Mandera County -Mandera's double whammy, the concurrent outbreaks of cholera and chikungunya, is bringing to the fore the need for accelerated epidemic preparedness and prevention systems. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Stepping Up the Fight to End Cholera and Chikungunya Outbreaks in Mandera County, Kenya
"An MSF assisted cholera treatment center in Mandera, Kenya". June 03, 2016 - Photo credit : @unfpakenBy Siddharth ChatterjeeMandera County, Kenya, Jun 5 2016 (IPS)Mandera’s double whammy, the concurrent outbreaks of cholera and chikungunya, is bringing to the fore the need for accelerated epidemic preparedness and prevention systems. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated.Chikungunya virus is most often spread to people by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. These are the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue, yellow fever and zika virus. Its symptoms ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Development & Aid Education Featured Headlines Health Inequity Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Mosquito Repellents: Everything You Need to Tell Your Patients Mosquito Repellents: Everything You Need to Tell Your Patients
It’s mosquito season again, bites can make you sick, especially if you’re traveling. Think Zika, chikungunya, West Nile, dengue, or even malaria or yellow fever if you’re going to some parts of Africa. WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Reduction of Chikungunya Virus Infection With Mosquito TrapsReduction of Chikungunya Virus Infection With Mosquito Traps
Testing of a new, low-cost mosquito trap that requires no pesticides or servicing shows promise in reducing transmission of several mosquito born viruses including chikungunya, dengue and Zika. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Vector Control Operations Framework for Zika Virus
World Health Organization. 05/30/2016This 10-page document provides information about how well-implemented vector control against Aedes mosquitoes using existing tools effectively reduces the transmission of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses spread by these vectors. Pilot studies are being undertaken on new tools that have potential for future reductions in Aedes populations. The report discusses vector control options and strategies, personal protection measures, and new vector control tools. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Kenya: Double Outbreak of Cholera and Chikungunya Strains Medical Services
May 27, 2016 Mandera County, in northeastern Kenya, is the latest to be affected by an ongoing cholera outbreak that has been spreading throughout the country for the past 17 months. Since April 2016, almost 800 cases have been reported in Mandera, including 11 deaths. The outbreak is concentrated in Mandera Township, home to around 90,000 people. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Editorial Intern Source Type: news

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