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Mosquitoes spread deadly diseases, and public health experts hope to fight back with this new emoji
Mosquitoes are more than a spoiler of backyard barbecues. They threaten more than half the world ’s population with their disease-spreading bites. In fact, mosquitoes are deadlier — by far — than sharks and snakes.They are the incubator and chief disseminator of malaria, dengue and yellow fevers,... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - September 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Broad swath of US deemed environmentally suitable for mosquitoes that transmit disease
(Entomological Society of America) Three-quarters of counties in the contiguous United States present suitable environmental conditions for at least part of the year for either Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes to survive if introduced, according to researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two mosquito species can transmit viruses that cause Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Climate Change Is Already Making People Sicker
Climate change is a central issue at this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with multiple high-level meetings on the issue happening amid several devastating natural disasters. Hurricane Irma recently swept through the Caribbean and into Florida, only to be quickly followed by Hurricane Maria. “Climate change casts a long shadow over the development efforts of our country,” said Darren Henfield, the minster of foreign affairs of the Bahamas, during a UNGA meeting on Hurricane Irma. “The implications of rising sea levels and atmospheric temperatures signal dire consequences for low-lying...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized climate change climate change health climate change health effects climate change trump climate change united nations global health UNGA United Nations General Assembly what is climate what is climate change Source Type: news

'Exciting' discovery on path to develop new type of vaccine to treat global viruses
Scientists at the University of Southampton have made a significant discovery in efforts to develop a vaccine against Zika, dengue and Hepatitis C viruses that affect millions of people around the world. In a study published in Science Immunology, researchers have shown that natural killer cells (NK cells), which are a fundamental part of the body's immune system, can recognise many different viruses including global pathogens such as Zika, dengue and Hepatitis C viruses, through a single receptor called KIR2DS2. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

'Exciting' discovery on path to develop new type of vaccine to treat global viruses
(University of Southampton) Scientists at the University of Southampton have made a significant discovery in efforts to develop a vaccine against Zika, dengue and Hepatitis C viruses that affect millions of people around the world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management 2017: A Focused Update
American Mosquito Control Association. 01/2017 This 59-page document is an update to the 2009 Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management, and was occasioned by the increasing importance of container-inhabiting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes as vectors of human disease, including the Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and yellow fever viruses. The concept of integrated mosquito management (IMM) is central to the goal of mosquito prevention and control. The recommendations summarized are intended to be broad guidelines for integrated mosquito control. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Med...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Thousands Hit By Malaria, Dengue As South Asia's Worst Floods In A Decade Recede
About 13,000 people are ill with diarrhea and respiratory infections in densely populated Bangladesh. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thousands hit by malaria, dengue as South Asia's worst floods in a decade recede
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thousands of people are suffering from an outbreak of diarrhea, malaria and dengue in Bangladesh and Nepal as the waters from the worst floods in a decade recede, officials and aid agencies said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Papers of note in Science Translational Medicine 9 (405)
This week’s articles describe how the immune system in some children is better able to cope with dengue virus infection; how targeting a specific population of monocytes may relieve persistent inflammation associated with HIV infection; and how targeting the vascular niche may suppress fibrosis around lung and liver engraftments. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - September 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ferrarelli, L. K. Tags: STKE Editors ' Choice Source Type: news

Scientists identify climatic risks for dengue disease outbreaks
(University of Liverpool) The University of Liverpool is part of an international team of scientists that have identified the climatic risks for dengue disease outbreaks, with a new study undertaken in India. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 1, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Does indoor spraying help prevent dengue?
(PLOS) The prevention of dengue, the most prevalent mosquito-borne virus in the world, relies heavily on controlling mosquito populations, as the currently available dengue vaccine is only partially effective. Indoor spraying -- which involves spraying of insecticides inside houses -- has the potential to be a key part of those prevention efforts, researchers report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Distinguishing dengue presentation
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Source: ScienceNOW - August 31, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Pujanandez, L. Tags: twis Source Type: news

Zika Virus
Hesperian Foundation. 03/31/2017 This fact sheet provides information about the Zika virus, including sections on Zika virus and pregnancy; signs of Zika virus; how to tell if it is Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya, or malaria; treatment; and how communities can prevent mosquito illnesses. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Global Health: Brazil May Face a New Threat, This Time From Biting Midges
The Oropouche virus, causing symptoms similar to dengue, appears to be slowly moving out of the Amazon jungle and closer to South American cities. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Zika Virus Chikungunya Virus Viruses Epidemics Urban Areas Amazon Jungle Brazil Source Type: news

Nigeria: Herbal Defense Against Viral Infections
[Guardian] Re-emerging infectious diseases such as Lassa fever, yellow fever, Ebola, measles, chicken pox, small pox, Dengue fever, viral hepatitis, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), polio, cold and influenza virus, among others are posing fresh threat to human existence. Unfortunately, conventional medicines are failing: the pathogens have developed resistance to the drugs-of-choice. But researchers have in experimental models treated these deadly bugs with combination of local herbs and spices. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gene therapy trial offers hope for Harry
Harry and his father at Dana/Farber-Boston Children’s In their Brookline home-away-from-home, 2-year-old Duy Anh “Harry” Le plays with blocks and pop-up toys on the floor with his mother, Thao Nguyen. He is lively and happy, and his skin is clear. He looks almost nothing like the sickly baby covered in eczema who arrived in Boston from his native Vietnam in November of 2016 to participate in a gene therapy clinical trial for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. Children with the potentially life-threatening, inherited immune system deficiency have difficulty producing platelets, the blood component that fosters clot...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Dr. Sung-Yun Pai gene therapy Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome Source Type: news

Dengue outbreak kills 5 people in northwest Pakistan
Pakistani official says outbreak of mosquito-borne disease in northwest has killed five people (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Dengue Infection Impairs Immune Defense Against Zika
A memory B cell response to Zika virus in dengue-infected patients produced antibodies that were poorly neutralizing in vitro and instead enhanced infection. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 18, 2017 Category: Science Tags: Daily News Source Type: news

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 percent more cases
Vietnam is battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past three weeks stretching its medical system. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Blood-filtering organs fight infections that enter through the skin
(Penn State) New information about how and where the innate immune system fights off viral infections that enter through the skin could lead to better treatments for viruses like Zika, dengue and measles, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The innate immune system is the body's first line of defense, providing broad protection as opposed to the specific immune system which targets the specific threat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: Interpreting CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR Assay Test Results
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 08/11/2017 This five-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 CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay for the in vitro qualitative detection of Zika virus with specified instruments. This assay tests for Zika virus, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus RNA in human serum. The assay also tests for Zika virus in urine, collected alongside a patient-matched serum specimen. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

FDA approves emergency use for multiplex Zika test
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) The Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR Test, the first multiplex assay that simultaneously tests for the presence of Zika virus, all serotypes of dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus, as well as a host gene that ensures the accuracy of results. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Aedes aegypti mosquitos introduced to California multiple times
(PLOS) Aedes aegypti mosquitos can carry the pathogens that cause dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, and yellow fever, among other diseases. In 2013, scientists first reported that A. aegypti had been found in California. Now, researchers writing this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have studied those bugs and found that the California mosquitos came from at least two distinct introductions and populations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dengue virus rides Asia ’s airline networks
Asia ’s airline networks are spreading dengue fever, says a study that mapped virus types across the continent. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - August 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dengue fever – Côte d’Ivoire
On 6 May 2017, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of C ôte d’Ivoire notified World Health Organization (WHO) of a dengue fever outbreak in Abidjan, the capital city of Côte d’Ivoire. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Dengue Fever
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - August 4, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Prior dengue or yellow fever exposure does not worsen zika infection in monkeys
(Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) Rhesus macaques previously infected with dengue or yellow fever viruses appear to be neither more nor less susceptible to severe infection with Zika virus, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Public health experts tackle invasive mosquito
Eggs and larvae of the Asian tiger mosquito found in South East England Related items fromOnMedica 12-fold increase in chikungunya virus Dengue fever and West Nile virus threat to the UK New target in war against mosquito-borne diseases Proneness to mosquito bites could be partly genetic (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Technologies for Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 07/14/2017 This six-page guidance document is designed for state and territorial health agencies that are interested in surveillance tools to build or expand their surveillance activities for vector-borne diseases, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria. It identifies vector-borne disease surveillance technologies that public health agencies can use to monitor and mitigate mosquito-related outbreaks; and outlines the integrated prevention, response, and mitigation activities that comprise a surveillance workflow that public health...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Kenya: Man Dies of Dengue Fever in Mombasa
[Nation] A man died of dengue fever in Mombasa and his body was detained in hospital over a Sh3.7 million bill. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dengue Outbreak Kills 300 in Sri Lanka, Hospitals at Limit Dengue Outbreak Kills 300 in Sri Lanka, Hospitals at Limit
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

'Unprecedented' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is facing an "unprecedented" outbreak of deadly dengue fever, with 296 deaths recorded and over 100,000 cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the Red Cross. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UA mobile app tracks Zika virus for summer travelers
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Now available in Spanish, Kidenga is the free smartphone app that allows users to report symptoms of illness and mosquito activity. The app was created by researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to detect outbreaks of Zika, dengue and chikungunya. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dengue outbreak kills 300 in Sri Lanka, hospitals at limit
COLOMBO (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue virus has killed around 300 people so far this year in Sri Lanka and hospitals are stretched to capacity, health officials said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Haiti: Fighting the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Field newsHaiti: Fighting the Spread of Mosquito-Borne DiseasesJuly 24, 2017In the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Martissant, MSF is working to improve water quality and protect residents from cholera and mosquito-borne viruses like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Editorial Intern Source Type: news

Australia Helps Sri Lanka to Control Dengue Fever After 250 Die Australia Helps Sri Lanka to Control Dengue Fever After 250 Die
Australia announced programs on Wednesday to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the mosquito-borne disease killed more around 250 people in the first half of this year.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Google Searches can be Used to Track Dengue in Underdeveloped Countries
An analytical tool that combines Google search data with government-provided clinical data can quickly and accurately track dengue fever in less-developed countries, according to new research published in PLOS Computational Biology by Shihao Yang of Harvard University and colleagues. The research builds on a methodology previously developed by the team to track influenza in the United States. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - July 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Google searches can be used to track dengue in underdeveloped countries
(PLOS) An analytical tool that combines Google search data with government-provided clinical data can quickly and accurately track dengue fever in less-developed countries, according to new research published in PLOS Computational Biology by Shihao Yang of Harvard University and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak
Australia is contributing funds to help Sri Lanka combat its worst outbreak of dengue fever, which has claimed 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people so far this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Australia helps Sri Lanka to control dengue fever after 250 die
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Australia announced programs on Wednesday to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the mosquito-borne disease killed more around 250 people in the first half of this year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Less Likely Than People to Spread Disease Via Air Travel Mosquitoes Less Likely Than People to Spread Disease Via Air Travel
Human travelers are much more likely than stowaway mosquitoes to import illnesses like Zika, yellow fever, malaria and dengue to a new part of the world via airplane, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Dengue fever – Sri Lanka
From 1 January to 7 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 80 732 dengue fever cases, including 215 deaths. This is a 4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016, and the monthly number of cases exceeds the mean plus three standard deviations for each of the past six months. Based on sentinel site surveillance for the past seven years the expected peak months of May to July coincides with the south-western monsoon which commences in late April. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Mosquitoes less likely than people to spread disease via air travel
Human travelers are much more likely than stowaway mosquitoes to import illnesses like Zika, yellow fever, malaria and dengue to a new part of the world via airplane, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Dengue kills 21 in Indian tourist hotspot, crisis looms
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (Reuters) - A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in India's southern state of Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding that there was a shortage of medicines and health workers to tackle the crisis in the tourist hotspot. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Zika vaccine pharma companies now pushing to have PREGNANT women injected with the experimental vaccine
(Natural News) With the summer fully underway, mosquitoes are more active. Hence, stories about a Zika pandemic popping up again. Just like Dengue and Malaria, the Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is typically found close to standing water, the Zika virus causes mild flu-like symptoms including headaches,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Challenging Cases: Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika Virus Infections
American Academy of Pediatrics. 06/15/2017 The goal of the course is to increase the learner's knowledge regarding the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, prevention, and diagnosis of three uncommon but emerging infections: dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. These diseases can now be transmitted across the globe in a matter of hours, and it is crucial that pediatricians, including hospital emergency physicians, be prepared to diagnose/treat these diseases when they occur. They are discussed together because they share similarities in transmission and some clinical manifestations. (Text) Site requires free registration. (Sou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Prior dengue infection does not increase Zika disease severity
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) A study involving 65 people who live in and around S ã o Jos é do Rio Preto (S ã o Paulo State, Brazil), where dengue is endemic and there was a particularly rapid outbreak of Zika during the 2016 epidemic, show that prior dengue infection in human beings infected by Zika does not necessarily lead to a worse illness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New research points to treatment breakthrough for viruses
(RMIT University) Researchers identified a protein that is activated by viruses, including influenza, rhinovirus (the common cold), dengue and HIV. Once activated, it suppresses the body's key antiviral reaction. The study also investigated a prototype drug to treat these debilitating viral diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Deadly dengue fever outbreak kills hundreds in Sri Lanka
A deadly outbreak of dengue fever has ravaged the island nation of Sri Lanka, killing at least 227 people and infecting tens of thousands. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news