Mobile DNA element found in mosquito parasite has potential for infectious disease control
(Marine Biological Laboratory) An interdisciplinary team of scientists has identified a new mobile DNA element in the Wolbachia parasite, which may contribute to improved control strategies for mosquito vectors of diseases such as Dengue and West Nile virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Aedes-Transmitted Arbovirus Infections in the Americas Aedes-Transmitted Arbovirus Infections in the Americas
What are the challenges and implications to public health presented by the rising incidence in the Americas of arboviral infections such as dengue, zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya?American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

New technology could detect Dengue fever earlier
(University of Bath) Researchers from the University of Bath are developing a new tool for detecting the presence of Dengue fever early on, helping prevent people from suffering potential life-threatening complications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Does Prior Dengue Exposure Help or Hurt a Zika Infection?
Animal and cell culture studies show evidence that dengue antibodies can both neutralize and enhance Zika, but human investigations have only found protective effects. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 6, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Global maps enabling targeted interventions to reduce burden of mosquito-borne disease
(University of Oxford) The global population at risk from mosquito-borne diseases -- including yellow fever, Zika and dengue - is expanding with changes in the distribution of two key mosquitoes: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The spread of these species is largely driven by a combination of factors: human movements and climate change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Philippines to charge officials of Sanofi, government over dengue vaccine
The Philippine Department of Justice on Friday said it had found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over 10 deaths it said were linked to use of a dengue vaccine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines to charge Sanofi staff over dengue drug
Officials say fear of vaccines after Dengvaxia scandal is main reason for measles epidemic (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Philippines DOJ to indict Sanofi employees over vax deaths
The Philippine Department of Justice said it will indict employees from Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over a series of deaths related to the French drugmaker's dengue vaccine. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - March 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Philippines to charge officials of Sanofi, gov't over deaths linked to vaccine
The Philippine Department of Justice said on Friday it has found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over 10 deaths it said were linked to use of a dengue vaccine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sanofi 'strongly disagrees' with Philippines prosecutors over its dengue vaccine
Sanofi on Friday said it "strongly" disagreed with the findings made against the company and six of its employees in the Philippines over its controversial dengue vaccine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines to charge officials of Sanofi, government over dengue deaths
The Philippine Department of Justice said on Friday it had found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over a series of deaths related to a dengue vaccine. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines says to charge officials of Sanofi, government over dengue deaths
The Philippine justice ministry said on Friday it had found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over a series of dengue-related deaths. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study shows economic burden of dengue fever
(PLOS) Dengue fever is a major public health concern in many parts of South-East Asia and South America and its prevalence in Africa is thought to be expanding. Researchers have now conducted an analysis of the economic burden of dengue fever in Burkina Faso, Kenya and Cambodia. Their results appear this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mother's dengue immunity worsens baby's response to Zika
(Duke-NUS Medical School) New research uncovers previously unknown mechanism behind why some, but not all, Zika virus infections during pregnancy lead to fetal brain abnormalities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nobi, 42 – Testimony of Rohingya
As I walked with him through the camp, we could hear the residents call: “Nobi vai!” (Brother Nobi!). Nobi is undoubtedly very popular in the area. As a leader among Doctors of the World’s volunteers, he is also a major pillar in community work. Nevertheless, his gestures and words are humble, smart, and calm. He discusses quietly about the need for a clinic for the inhabitants, but then he wells up as he starts to talk about his 2-year-old son. Being a father, a community leader, and a community worker is a heavy burden. His warm human nature feels like a healing energy for the inhabitants of the camp wh...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Venezuela crisis could spark surge in infectious diseases: study
A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Zika and other dangerous infectious diseases and threatens to jeopardize 20 years of public health gains, experts warned on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

High-dose vitamin C can treat dengue fever and Zika virus
(Natural News) Nutritional therapies are simple low-cost methods of interrupting the transmission of various viral infections, as well as reducing one’s susceptibility to these diseases. Of particular note is the incredible healing power of vitamin C in reducing symptoms related to dengue fever, Zika virus, and similar infections. Dengue fever can be effectively reduced with... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Experts warn of a surge in vector-borne diseases as humanitarian crisis in Venezuela worsens
(The Lancet) The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, and Zika virus, and threatens to jeopardize public health gains in the country over the past two decades, warn leading public health experts. The conclusion comes from a Review paper that provides the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of the crisis in Venezuela, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Philippines revokes Sanofi's product license for dengue vaccine
The Philippines has permanently halted the sale, distribution and marketing of Sanofi's dengue vaccine in the country after the French drug maker failed to meet the directives of regulators. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study of Brazil favela stricken by Zika shows dengue may protect against virus
Analysis of community where 73% of residents contracted Zika in 2015 offers new clues about epidemicScientists studying the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil have discovered that people previously exposed to dengue may have been protected from the virus.Three-quarters of the inhabitants of a favela in the country ’s north-east caught the mosquito-borne Zika virus during the epidemic.The outbreak left more than 3,000 babies across Brazil with microcephaly, a birth defect caused by mothers catching the virus during pregnancy.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro Tags: Global health Zika virus Global development Brazil Infectious diseases Science Americas World news Source Type: news

Surviving dengue fever may protect some people against Zika, study suggests 
People in Pau de Lima, a Brazilian city hit hard by the 2015 Zika outbreak, who had had dengue fever had more dengue antibodies and were less likely to catch Zika, Yale researchers found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Giving mosquitoes DIET PILLS could combat the spread of malaria, Zika and dengue fever
A study by The Rockefeller University in New York found that giving female mosquitoes - which suck blood - drugs containing appetite-suppressing proteins stopped them biting. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dengue virus infection may cause severe outcomes following Zika virus infection during pregnancy
This study is the first to report a possible mechanism for the enhancement of Zika virus progression during pregnancy in an animal model. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 8, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Prior dengue infection may protect against Zika: study
Prior infection with dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that infects nearly 400 million people a year, could reduce the risk of contracting Zika nearly by half, U.S. and Brazilian researchers reported on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

At epicenter of Zika outbreak, dengue immunity provided protection
While 73% of Salvador, Brazil residents were infected during a 2015 Zika outbreak, those with dengue antibodies were less likely to be affected. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Measles Outbreak in Philippines Spreads Beyond Capital
Health officials said a vaccine scare in 2017 had deterred parents from immunizing their children against the disease. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JASON GUTIERREZ Tags: Philippines Politics and Government Measles Vaccination and Immunization Children and Childhood Epidemics Sanofi SA Dengue Fever Deaths (Fatalities) Dengvaxia Source Type: news

Duke-NUS study: Interaction between two immune cell types could be key to better dengue vaccines
(Duke-NUS Medical School) A sentinel immune cell in the skin surprises researchers by forming a physical connection with a virus-killing T cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dengue immunity may buffer against Zika, study finds
(University of Florida) Research conducted by a team led by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and including University of Florida epidemiologist Derek Cummings finds that previous infection with dengue reduces one's risk of infection with Zika. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

At epicenter of Zika outbreak, dengue immunity provided protection
(Yale University) When the Zika virus arrived in the Americas in early 2015, it struck hard, infecting 73 percent of people in one Brazilian community at the epicenter of the pandemic, according to a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health.The study, conducted in collaboration with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation-Brazilian Ministry of Health and international partners, is published in Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Prior dengue infection protects against Zika
(University of Pittsburgh) The higher a person's immunity to dengue virus, the lower their risk of Zika infection, an international team of scientists report today. The study -- which followed nearly 1,500 people living in a poor neighborhood at the heart of the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil -- also provides evidence for why Brazil's Zika epidemic has largely petered out. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Impact of preexisting dengue immunity on Zika virus emergence in a dengue endemic region
The clinical outcomes associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas have been well documented, but other aspects of the pandemic, such as attack rates and risk factors, are poorly understood. We prospectively followed a cohort of 1453 urban residents in Salvador, Brazil, and, using an assay that measured immunoglobulin G3 (IgG3) responses against ZIKV NS1 antigen, we estimated that 73% of individuals were infected during the 2015 outbreak. Attack rates were spatially heterogeneous, varying by a factor of 3 within a community spanning 0.17 square kilometers. Preexisting high antibody titers to dengue virus were associat...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 7, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Rodriguez-Barraquer, I., Costa, F., Nascimento, E. J. M., Nery, N., Castanha, P. M. S., Sacramento, G. A., Cruz, J., Carvalho, M., De Olivera, D., Hagan, J. E., Adhikarla, H., Wunder, E. A., Coelho, D. F., Azar, S. R., Rossi, S. L., Vasilakis, N., Weaver, Tags: Ecology, Epidemiology r-articles Source Type: news

Dengue fever – Jamaica
On 3 January 2019, the International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Point of Jamaica notified WHO of an increase in dengue cases in Jamaica. From 1 January though 21 January 2019, 339 suspected and confirmed cases including six deaths were reported (Figure 1). In 2018, a total of 986 suspected and confirmed cases of dengue including 13 deaths have been reported. The number of reported dengue cases in 2018 was 4.5 times higher than that reported in 2017 (215 cases including six deaths). Cases reported to date for 2019 exceed the epidemic threshold (Figure 2). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Undeterred by Sanofi's Stumble, Takeda Takes Similar Path With Dengue Shot Undeterred by Sanofi's Stumble, Takeda Takes Similar Path With Dengue Shot
A new vaccine for the dengue virus is taking a potentially risky road to prevent the mosquito-borne disease that infects nearly 400 million people each year.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Undeterred by Sanofi's stumble, Takeda takes similar path with dengue shot
A new vaccine for the dengue virus is taking a potentially risky road to prevent the mosquito-borne disease that infects nearly 400 million people each year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Takeda dengue vaccine meets main goal of trial; detailed results to come
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said on Tuesday that its experimental dengue vaccine appears to be safe and effective at preventing all four types of the mosquito-borne disease, meeting the main goal of the Japanese drugmaker's late-stage clinical trial. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Past Dengue Infection Appears to Protect Children from Zika Symptoms
Children were 38 percent less likely to show signs of Zika infection if they had previously had dengue. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 23, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Dengue immunity may be protective against symptomatic Zika, study finds
Zika virus and dengue virus are both transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and cause similar symptoms. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 22, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Dengue immunity may be protective against symptomatic Zika, study finds
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Children with a history of prior dengue virus infection had a significantly lower risk of being symptomatic when infected by Zika virus, according to a study in Nicaragua of more than 3,000 children aged 2 to 14 years. Experts have worried that prior dengue virus infection could exacerbate severe Zika disease. However, the new findings, published in PLOS Medicine, indicate that prior dengue immunity in children may in fact be protective against symptomatic Zika disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Children who had a dengue infection could be protected from symptomatic Zika
(University of Michigan) A prior dengue virus infection could protect children from symptomatic Zika virus infection, according to a study by an international group of researchers including those from the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dengue virus immunity may protect children from Zika symptoms
(PLOS) Previous infection with dengue virus may protect children from symptomatic Zika, according to a study published Jan. 22 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Eva Harris of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Urbanization changes shape of mosquitoes' wings
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Research shows that rapid urbanization in S ã o Paulo City, Brazil, is influencing wing morphology in the mosquitoes that transmit dengue and malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Superbugs, Anti-Vaxxers Make WHO ’ s List Of 10 Global Health Threats
(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV Source Type: news

Disease HOTSPOTS mapped: How the next Zika or Dengue Fever could SPREAD across the globe
DISEASES are both sprouting up and spreading across the globe right now, as several outbreaks - including both Zika and Dengue fever - rear their ugly heads. Recent research claims to have identified where the next possible outbreaks could come from. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where will the world's next Zika, West Nile or dengue come from?
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have studied thousands of species of animals and birds to work out where reservoirs of contagious, mosquito-borne viruses could be. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where will the world's next Zika, West Nile or Dengue virus come from?
(University of California - Davis) Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. They created a global flavivirus hotspot map from their findings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists discover the potential use of papaya leaf juice for treating dengue
(Natural News) The papaya (Carica papaya) fruit is enjoyed by many people around the world for its sweet taste and multiple health benefits. However, its fruits aren’t the only thing that’s healthy in this plant: Even its leaves carry their own set of health benefits. A recent study by researchers from Jamia Hamdard University in India revealed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breaking and entering
In a pair of recent studies, scientists at the Quantitative Biosciences Institute uncovered how Ebola, dengue, and Zika hijack human proteins to infect human cells, findings that point to new approaches for treating these diseases. (Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News)
Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News - December 14, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Levi Gadye Source Type: news

QBI scientists decipher how Ebola, dengue, and Zika infect human cells
In a pair of recent studies, scientists at the Quantitative Biosciences Institute uncovered how Ebola, dengue, and Zika hijack human proteins to infect human cells, findings that point to new approaches for treating these diseases. (Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News)
Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News - December 14, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Levi Gadye Source Type: news

Drug targets for Ebola, Dengue, and Zika viruses found in lab study
(Gladstone Institutes) No drugs are currently available to treat Ebola, Dengue, or Zika viruses, which infect millions of people every year and result in severe illness, birth defects, and even death. Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco may finally change that. They identified key ways the three viruses hijack the body's cells, and they found at least one potential drug that can disrupt this process in human cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 13, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news