A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Peru Needs Fiscal Reforms to Quell High COVID-19 Death Rate
Intercultural bilingual school at Andahuaylas province, Peru. Photo courtesy Sergio Chaparro Hernández (CESR) By Laura Adriaensens and Sergio Chaparro HernándezANTWERP, Belgium / BOGOTA, Colombia, Sep 11 2020 (IPS) “It’s a major paradox, no?” asks Hugo Ñopo, a researcher at the Peruvian think tank Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE). Since the beginning of the pandemic, Peru has presented itself as an example for the region: it quickly implemented drastic prevention measures, followed scientific recommendations and prepared an economic support plan for the most vulnerable se...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Laura Adriaensens and Sergio Chaparro Hernandez Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Lab-on-paper strip: Small, inexpensive platform for diagnosing tropical fevers
(GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)) Dengue, zika, and chikungunya viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes and cause tropical fevers with similar symptoms, making accurate diagnosis complicated. Now, researchers from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea have developed a simple and low-cost diagnostic platform--a lab-on-paper strip--that can readily detect the specific RNA of these viruses from a small blood sample. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

An accident waiting to happen: Tech company to release 750 MILLION GMO mosquitoes in Florida to fight dengue fever
(Natural News) Mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as dengue and Zika virus. To prevent these deadly diseases, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allowed a UK-based tech company to conduct a nightmarish plan: The release of genetically modified (GMO) mosquitoes into Florida. Oxitec created a modified male mosquito with offspring that dies before hatching. Named OX5034, the GMO... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Cases of dengue were greatly reduced in areas of a city where Wolbachia-infected mosquitos were released, according to preliminary data from a field study. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 28, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Zika Infection Increases Risk of Severe Dengue Fever
A study of Nicaraguan children links prior Zika virus infection with aggravated dengue fever symptoms. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 27, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Prior Zika virus infection increases risk of severe dengue disease
(University of California - Berkeley) A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, finds that people who have antibodies to the mosquito-borne Zika virus are more vulnerable to developing dengue disease. This immune interaction, called antibody-dependent enhancement, could complicate the search for a safe and effective vaccine that protects against Zika without also increasing the risk of dengue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dengue breakthrough after mosquitoes laced with natural bacteria
Infections in Indonesian city plummet after release of mosquitoes injected with Wolbachia bacteriaInfecting mosquitoes with a naturally occurring bacteria dramatically reduces their ability to transmit dengue, according to a breakthrough study that could pave the way to eliminating the disease.Research conducted in Indonesia, where dengue is endemic, found that releasing mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia into parts of Yogyakarta city reduced the number of dengue infections by 77% compared with untreated areas.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondent Tags: Global development Australia news Indonesia Infectious diseases Asia Pacific Medical research Science Source Type: news

Zika virus increases risk of dengue disease
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Source: ScienceNOW - August 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Clapham, H. Tags: perspective Source Type: news

Zika virus infection enhances future risk of severe dengue disease
The Zika pandemic sparked intense interest in whether immune interactions among dengue virus serotypes 1 to 4 (DENV1 to -4) extend to the closely related Zika virus (ZIKV). We investigated prospective pediatric cohorts in Nicaragua that experienced sequential DENV1 to -3 (2004 to 2015), Zika (2016 to 2017), and DENV2 (2018 to 2020) epidemics. Risk of symptomatic DENV2 infection and severe disease was elevated by one prior ZIKV infection, one prior DENV infection, or one prior DENV infection followed by one ZIKV infection, compared with being flavivirus-naïve. By contrast, multiple prior DENV infections reduced dengue ris...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Katzelnick, L. C., Narvaez, C., Arguello, S., Lopez Mercado, B., Collado, D., Ampie, O., Elizondo, D., Miranda, T., Bustos Carillo, F., Mercado, J. C., Latta, K., Schiller, A., Segovia-Chumbez, B., Ojeda, S., Sanchez, N., Plazaola, M., Coloma, J., Hallora Tags: Epidemiology, Microbiology reports Source Type: news

Researchers show potential for subseasonal forecasts to predict dengue outbreaks
(Earth Institute at Columbia University) A new study demonstrates for the first time that subseasonal rainfall and temperature forecasts can be used to predict outbreaks of dengue fever by estimating mosquito abundance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Florida set to release 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes over faked "Zika" epidemic
(Natural News) State agencies in Florida have greenlit plans to release a horde of engineered mosquitoes in the Keys island chain. The mosquitoes, called OX5034, are set to be released in batches to control the local populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit diseases like dengue and (faked) Zika. Despite strong objections from residents, officials in the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Mosquitoes - the Devastating Impact On Global Health
[Malaria Consortium] On World Mosquito Day, Malaria Consortium calls for the international community to reflect on the devasting impact the mosquito has on global health. In 2018, there were over 228 million malaria cases throughout the world and a global death toll of 405,000. But mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting more than just malaria - from zika virus to yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis and many more - collectively adding another 500 million cases of people burdened with febrile disease ea (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers validate rapid tests to detect dengue, Zika, yellow fever and other viruses
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) The method identifies and distinguishes between flaviviruses that cause many diseases in humans and animals in Brazil. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Be Released in Florida Keys
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 -- Hundreds of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes will be released into the Florida Keys to test if they can help control Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry several deadly diseases, including Zika, dengue,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

'They've jumped the gun': scientists worry about Russia's Covid-19 vaccine
Rising chorus of concern over Sputnik V vaccine stems from opaque development and lack of mass testingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn 1977, Scott Halstead, a virologist at the University of Hawaii, was studying dengue fever when he noticed a now well-known but then unexpected feature of the disease.Animals that had already been exposed to one of the four closely related viruses that cause dengue and produced antibodies to it, far from being protected against other versions, became sicker when infected a second time, and it was the antibodies produced by the first infection that were res...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Beaumont Tags: Medical research Coronavirus outbreak Science World news Russia Europe Source Type: news

Tracking and forecasting outbreak risk of dengue, Zika and other Aedes-transmitted diseases
(Earth Institute at Columbia University) New system infuses 'R0' models with climate information to help public health agencies forecast places and times when environmental conditions might enhance transmission of dengue, Zika and other Aedes-borne diseases (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Yellow fever – French Guiana, France
On 23 July 2020, the France IHR National Focal Point reported a confirmed autochthonous (locally acquired) case of yellow fever in a 14-year-old male in French Guiana. On 17 July 2020, the case was laboratory confirmed at the French National Reference Centre for arboviruses, Institute Pasteur Cayenne. The case-patient had severe disability, and developed dengue-like symptoms on 12 July. On 16 July, he was hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Cayenne, French Guiana, with consciousness disorders and acute liver failure, and died on 19 July. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

SMART finds new and safe method that enhances dengue vaccination -- Paving way to wide use
(Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)) Researchers at SMART have discovered a practical way to induce strong and broad immunity to the dengue virus. Their study proves that providing immunity shots in sequence offers strong and broad immunity against all four serotypes of dengue virus, providing a way to safely use the only licensed dengue vaccine available. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 27, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NTU Singapore researchers speed up gold-standard COVID-19 diagnostic test
(Nanyang Technological University) NTU Singapore has demonstrated a way to improve upon COVID-19 laboratory tests, yielding results in 36 minutes - ¼ of the time required by existing gold-standard tests. Their new approach, which can be done with portable equipment, could allow for screening and research especially in countries and regions with limited laboratory capabilities. It can also be used to detect other viruses and bacteria too, such as the dengue virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Acquired taste: mosquitoes may evolve to favour humans over animals
Study of mosquitoes ’ biting preferences reveals that urbanisation is shaping behaviourMore species of mosquito may evolve to bite humans instead of other animals and spread disease because of urbanisation, according to a scientific study.While the vast majority of the 3,500 species of mosquito do not bite humans, scientists studiedAedes aegypti, an invasive species which has evolved a taste for humans, and become the primary spreader of infectious diseases including dengue andyellow fever.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Barkham Tags: Insects Animal behaviour Biology Environment Science Source Type: news

More mosquito species may evolve to bite humans, scientists warn
Study of mosquitoes ’ biting preferences finds that urbanisation is shaping insects’ behaviourMore species of mosquito may evolve to bite humans instead of other animals and spread disease because of urbanisation, according to a scientific study.While the vast majority of the 3,500 species of mosquito do not bite humans, scientists studiedAedes aegypti, an invasive species which has evolved a taste for humans, and become the primary spreader of infectious diseases including dengue andyellow fever.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Barkham Tags: Insects Animal behaviour Biology Environment Science Source Type: news

Head doctor in Yemen spent 10 days in a coronavirus-induced coma after being misdiagnosed
EXCLUSIVE: Dr Madhi Mahdi Abdel Kawi was initially diagnosed with dengue fever in April because experts didn't think coronavirus had reached Yemen. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Laboratory-Acquired Dengue Virus Infection, U.S., 2018 Laboratory-Acquired Dengue Virus Infection, U.S., 2018
This article describes a case of dengue virus infection in a laboratory worker. How was this patient likely exposed?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

For the Greater Good: A Profile of Eva Harris
Through groundbreaking studies on dengue and efforts to build scientific infrastructure in Latin America, the University of California, Berkeley, professor has bridged research with its benefits to... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 13, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Profile Source Type: news

UTMB researchers have discovered a new antiviral mechanism for dengue therapeutics
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) A multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has uncovered a new mechanism for designing antiviral drugs for dengue virus. The study is currently available in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 13, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Season of two viruses? Scientists worried that dengue outbreak may aggravate COVID-19 crisis
While the number of COVID-19 cases races towards the 8,00,000 mark with 7,93,802 cases on Friday and 21,604 fatalities, the incidence of dengue is also high. According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), 1,36,422 dengue cases were diagnosed in 2019 and an estimated 132 people died. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

His Dengue Project Shut Down, So This Salvadoran Virologist Tackles Covid-19 Instead
Virologist David Martinez has worked his whole career to find a way to a better vaccine for Dengue, a disease rife in his native El Savador, but now he's using those same skills to help find ways to block the novel coronvirus from infecting people. #globalsouthscience (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 9, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Wight, Contributor Tags: Science /science Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Coronavirus Source Type: news

11 Dengue Fever Cases Confirmed in Florida Keys
WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2020 -- Confirmation of an 11th case of dengue fever in the Florida Keys was announced Tuesday by state health officials. The officials said all 11 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been in Key Largo, including eight cases... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 8, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

11th case of dengue fever confirmed in Florida Keys
The disease is transmitted through the bite of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, an invasive species that also spreads diseases like yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dengue fever: Is there a cure for dengue fever?
DENGUE fever is a disease which can potentially be life-threatening, so is there a cure for dengue fever? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rohingya refugee crisis: “I want to be educated and become a doctor”
Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde is responding to COVID-19 in the sprawling refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, southeastern Bangladesh, which are home to about one million Rohingya refugees. Our teams work with Rohingya volunteers and our local partner PULSE Bangladesh to improve healthcare in the camps and raise awareness about COVID-19 so that residents can protect themselves. Tasmin (not her real name) is a young Rohingya woman who has volunteered as a youth educator. She shared her story with us, just prior to COVID-19’s arrival in Cox’s Bazar. “We Rohingya are a minority ethnic...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised COVID-19 health promotion refugee camp refugees Rohingya Rohingya refugee crisis testimony Source Type: news

Current serotype of dengue virus in Singapore disguises itself to evade vaccines and therapeutics
(Duke-NUS Medical School) Singapore saw 1,158 dengue cases in the week ending 13 June 2020, the highest number of weekly dengue cases ever recorded since 2014*. The dengue virus serotype 3 (DENV3), which is currently circulating in Singapore, can undergo dramatic structural changes that enable it to resist vaccines and therapeutics, reveal findings from a study by scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could guide the development of effective vaccines and therapeutics against dengue infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Proteins expressed by viruses transmitted by Aedes aegypti Mosquito
The objective of the present study was to search for the regularities of the proteins expressed by these five viruses, at residues level, and obtain a " bioinformatic fingerprint " to select them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Yellow fever – Gabon
On 15 April 2020, WHO received information regarding a confirmed case of yellow fever in Magandi village, Tchibanga city in Nyanga Province of southern Gabon, 590 km from the capital, Libreville. The case is an 83-year-old male with no known vaccination history for yellow fever. He had onset of symptoms on 30 January 2020 and presented to a health facility on 2 February 2020 with abdominal pain and jaundice. Between 2 February and 9 April, he consulted the Urban Health Centre in Tchibanga, the Christian Alliance Hospital in Bongolo and the University hospital in the capital Libreville where the case received anti-malarial ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Tanzania: Why Tanzania's Dengue Spike May Have Gone Unnoticed
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The dengue viruses (DENVs) which thrive in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that are highly prevalent in Tanzania and other parts of the world are continually spreading and causing dengue fever, yet many cases of the disease may have gone unnoticed in the country as attention was turned to Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Asian Tiger Mosquito Showing Up in Illinois
FRIDAY, June 12, 2020 -- The Asian tiger mosquito -- which can spread diseases such as chikungunya or dengue fever -- has become more common across Illinois in recent decades, a new study finds. This species of mosquito originated in the forests of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 12, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Coronavirus Vaccine: Here Are The Latest Developments
(CNN) — While coronavirus keeps spreading and killing with impunity, the world waits for a vaccine that could quash the pandemic. But details and timelines keep shifting. Here’s the latest on where we stand in the race for a vaccine: When will a Covid-19 vaccine be available to the public? No one’s sure yet, but the target is sometime in early 2021. Vaccines in development around the world are in various stages of testing. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he’s confident one of the vaccine candidates will be proven safe and effective by th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Closures Covid-19 Boston, MA Health Healthcare Status Coronavirus Coronavirus Vaccine Moderna Therapeutics Source Type: news

Asian tiger mosquito gains ground in Illinois
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) Researchers report that the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, has become more abundant across Illinois in the past three decades. Its spread is problematic, as the mosquito can transmit diseases -- like chikungunya or dengue fever -- to humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Emerging viral diseases causing serious issues in west Africa
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) In a new study, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus call attention to the emergence of mosquito-borne viral outbreaks in West Africa, such as dengue (DENV), chikungunya (CHIKV) and Zika (ZIKV) viruses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

' Dengue Kills Too': Latin America Faces Two Epidemics at Once'Dengue Kills Too': Latin America Faces Two Epidemics at Once
As the coronavirus kills thousands and dominates government attention across Latin America, another deadly viral infection is quietly stalking the region.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

'Dengue kills too' - Latin America faces two epidemics at once
As the coronavirus kills thousands and dominates government attention across Latin America, another deadly viral infection is quietly stalking the region. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Insect Experts Say People Should Calm Down About the Threat of ‘Murder Hornets’
Insect experts say people should calm down about the big bug with the nickname “murder hornet” — unless you are a beekeeper or a honeybee. The Asian giant hornets found in Washington state that grabbed headlines this week aren’t big killers of humans, although it does happen on rare occasions. But the world’s largest hornets do decapitate entire hives of honeybees, and that crucial food pollinator is already in big trouble. Numerous bug experts told The Associated Press that what they call hornet “hype” reminds them of the 1970s public scare when Africanized honeybees, nicknamed &l...
Source: TIME: Science - May 7, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Seth Borenstein / AP Tags: Uncategorized Environment News Desk wire Source Type: news

Beat the Common Cold
Researchers in Canada and China are testing a powerful immune booster that provides broad-spectrum protection against the common cold and a number of viruses including SARS, Ebola and H1N1. They’re currently running clinical trials to prove its effectiveness against coronavirus. I’m talking about quercetin – a powerful antioxidant that is already available as a supplement. Previous research shows that quercetin’s antiviral capacity works in three ways. Quercetin can: Stop the virus from infecting cells Reduce the reproduction of cells that are already infected And reduce infected cells resistance t...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 6, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

Understanding the initial immune response after dengue virus infection
This study sheds new light on the body's initial response to dengue virus infection, describing the molecular diversity and specificity of the antibody response. These results identify an unappreciated role for DENV-reactive IgA antibodies and set the stage for future work to fully characterize the body's immune response to DENV, understand risk factors to severe dengue and ultimately could be critical to the development of new diagnostic tools as well as a safe, efficacious vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pune firm plans to ready 20-40 million Covid 19 vaccine shots for launch by Sept-Oct
Pune-based Serum Institute, credited with affordable and innovative therapies like pneumonia and dengue monoclonal vaccines, plans to price the proposed Covid vaccine at around Rs 1,000 per dose in India. The vaccine will be made at Serum ’s existing facility in Pune. For this, it will be stopping the production of other vaccines, as its new plant, with an investment of about Rs 3,000 crore, will take a couple of years to come up. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 27, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dengue fever – Mayotte, France
Through event-based surveillance performed throughout 2019, WHO became aware of a dengue outbreak in Mayotte, France, since July 2019. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Two novel viruses identified in Brazilian patients with suspected dengue
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Species never before found in humans described in PLOS ONE belong to the genera Ambidensovirus and Chapparvovirus. Researchers do not yet know if they can cause disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 17, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Genetic variation not an obstacle to gene drive strategy to control mosquitoes
(University of California - Davis) New research from entomologists at UC Davis clears a potential obstacle to using CRISPR-Cas9 'gene drive' technology to control mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccines, Antibodies and Drug Libraries. The Possible COVID-19 Treatments Researchers Are Excited About
In early April, about four months after a new, highly infectious coronavirus was first identified in China, an international group of scientists reported encouraging results from a study of an experimental drug for treating the viral disease known as COVID-19. It was a small study, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, but showed that remdesivir, an unapproved drug that was originally developed to fight Ebola, helped 68% of patients with severe breathing problems due to COVID-19 to improve; 60% of those who relied on a ventilator to breathe and took the drug were able to wean themselves off the machines after 18...
Source: TIME: Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: First Evidence of Locally Acquired Dengue Since 1944 - Guam, 2019
Local transmission of dengue virus on Guam was reported for the first time in 75 years. Transmission was likely driven by Aedes albopictus mosquitoes after the previously known vector, Aedes aegypti, was eradicated by the US military after World War II. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 2, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Dengue Fever (DF) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Public Health Source Type: news