Transgenic fungus rapidly killed malaria mosquitoes in West African study
(University of Maryland) In a research paper published in the May 31, 2019, issue of the journal Science, a team of scientists from the University of Maryland and Burkina Faso described the first trial outside the laboratory of a transgenic approach to combating malaria. The study showed that a naturally occurring fungus engineered to deliver a toxin to mosquitoes safely reduced mosquito populations by more than 99% in a screen-enclosed, simulated village setting in Burkina Faso, West Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 30, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Diagnostic Will Help Propel Development of Improved Malaria Tests...
PATH and Quansys Biosciences, Inc. have announced the launch of the Q-Plex™ Human Malaria Array (5-Plex), designed to help researchers develop more sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)...(PRWeb May 30, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/new_diagnostic_will_help_propel_development_of_improved_malaria_tests_and_support_surveillance/prweb16345325.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Targeting mosquitoes to target malaria
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Source: ScienceNOW - May 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ash, C. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Molecular Biology twis Source Type: news

Transgenic Metarhizium rapidly kills mosquitoes in a malaria-endemic region of Burkina Faso
Malaria control efforts require implementation of new technologies that manage insecticide resistance. Metarhizium pingshaense provides an effective, mosquito-specific delivery system for potent insect-selective toxins. A semifield trial in a MosquitoSphere (a contained, near-natural environment) in Soumousso, a region of Burkina Faso where malaria is endemic, confirmed that the expression of an insect-specific toxin (Hybrid) increased fungal lethality and the likelihood that insecticide-resistant mosquitoes would be eliminated from a site. Also, as Hybrid-expressing M. pingshaense is effective at very low spore doses, its...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Lovett, B., Bilgo, E., Millogo, S. A., Ouattarra, A. K., Sare, I., Gnambani, E. J., Dabire, R. K., Diabate, A., St. Leger, R. J. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Molecular Biology reports Source Type: news

West Africa: WHO and the Principality of Monaco Forge New Ties to End Malaria in Africa's Sahel Region
[WHO] With 93% of all malaria deaths worldwide occurring in the African region, the Principality of Monaco and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa have forged a new partnership which aims to bring the continent a step closer to a malaria-free Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotic alternative shows promise
UK researchers discover new compound which kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs Related items fromOnMedica GPs given help to spot Lyme disease Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients Antibiotics courses often longer than guidelines 'Keep Antibiotics Working' campaign resurfaces (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Algeria: UN Declares Algeria and Argentina Free of Deadly Malaria
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bogota -Algeria is the third African country to eliminate one of the world's leading killer diseases (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Working the night shift on Malaria's frontline in Sierra Leone
A night shift in the hospital on the frontline of the fight against malaria. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New plea for MMR vaccination as cases rise
795 cases of mumps and 231 of measles in first quarter of 2019 Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Results from children ’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’ World ’s first malaria vaccine piloted in Malawi babies HPA warns of possible measles epidemic Vaccination of children could target flu best (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

U.N. Declares Algeria and Argentina Free of Deadly Malaria U.N. Declares Algeria and Argentina Free of Deadly Malaria
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Algeria: Algeria and Argentina Certified Malaria-Free By WHO
[WHO] Algeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: This is How Universal Health Coverage Led to Algeria Being Malaria-Free
[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Algeria is now the second African country after Mauritius to be officially recognized by the World Health Organisation as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years. Morocco was declared malaria-free in 2010 which would have made the country the second African country to be certified malaria-free but it falls within WHO's "Eastern Mediterrean" region. Dr Akpaka Kalu, WHO Representative in E (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Algeria and Argentina are officially malaria-free, says World Health Organization
Malaria has been eliminated from Algeria and Argentina, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, an important milestone in fighting the mosquito-borne disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global climate change emergency leads to first World Forum on Climate Justice
(Elsevier) Elsevier and the Glasgow Caledonian University Centre for Climate Justice are pleased to announce a partnership that will provide the platform to discuss the impacts of climate change on weather forecasting, people trafficking and growing spread of mosquito-borne malaria, among other topics, at the first World Forum on Climate Justice, June 19-21, 2019 at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Some Generic Drugs Could Do More Harm Than Good
For the 16 years that Dr. Brian Westerberg, a Canadian surgeon, worked volunteer missions at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, scarcity was the norm. The patients usually exceeded the 1,500 allotted beds. Running water was once cut off when the debt-ridden hospital was unable to pay its bills. On some of his early trips, Westerberg even brought over drugs from Canada in order to treat patients. But as low-cost generics made in India and China became widely available through Uganda’s government and international aid agencies in the early 2000s, it seemed at first like the supply issue had been ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Eban Tags: Uncategorized generic drugs medication medicine Source Type: news

Tanzania: 'Invisible' Species of Malaria That Hides Inside Body
[East African] Scientists in Tanzania have discovered that a species of malaria can live in the body for decades without showing any clinical signs, but still manage to contribute to the transmission of malaria in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES: Malaria Surveillance - United States, 2016
Malaria is endemic in many countries, and chemoprophylaxis is the best method of prevention. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 16, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Malaria MMWR MMWR Summaries Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Prevention Surveillance Source Type: news

Cochrane expresses thanks to Professor Prathap Tharyan for leading Cochrane South Asia for over 14 years
After leading Cochrane South Asia since 2005, first as a Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre, and from 2008 as a standalone Cochrane South Asia Centre, Professor Prathap Tharyan is retiring from his role as Director.Under Prathap ’s leadership, Cochrane South Asia, based at the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Health Care and Health Policy at CMC, Vellore, has contributed enormously to Cochrane's global efforts to increase the uptake of reliable evidence to inform health decisions. In the early years of the Centre, Prathap organized several very successful annual conferences on evidence-based health ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Global Hunger Is Threatening Families Because of Climate Change
Droughts are not new to East Africa. However, abnormally high temperatures in the region are linked to climate change and proving deadly for livelihoods and livestock. Credit: Petterik Wiggers/OxfamBy Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 2019 (IPS) There is barely a corner of human life that will not be affected by climate change, and some of its impacts are already being felt. Consider this, 821 million people are now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting the hunger eradication goal, SDG 2, at risk. Today 15 May, is the United Nations International Day of Families and the theme for this year is, &lsq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Women's Health Source Type: news

Protection by the malaria vaccine: not only a matter of quantity but also of quality
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) The quantity and quality of antibodies recognizing the end region of the malaria parasite's CSP protein is a good marker of protection by the RTS,S/AS01E vaccine, shows a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by 'la Caixa.' The results provide valuable information for guiding the design of future, more effective vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: New Technology Enables Large-Scale Production of Artemisinin for Malaria
[Premium Times] Chinese researchers have developed a new technology to produce artemisinin, the top choice for malaria treatment, on a large scale. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mozambique: Malaria Killed 360 People Between January and April in Mozambique
[Verdade] Malaria remains the leading cause of death in Mozambique, between January and April of this year the Ministry of Health recorded 360 deaths among the 2,961,429 cases it registered. Most of the deaths were recorded in the provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado and Zamb ézia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Smart drug design to prevent malaria treatment resistance
(The Francis Crick Institute) Malaria treatment resistance could be avoided by studying how resistance evolves during drug development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 9, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Senegal: Synchronized Campaign By Senegal and the Gambia for Treated Bed Nets Distribution
[WHO] The 5th of May 2019 was a momentous occasion in the fight against malaria for both The Gambia and Senegal. Both countries successfully launched a synchronized Long Lasting Insecticide Bet Net (LLIN) Campaign at Kerr Ayoub a border town between The Gambia and Senegal. Regional Governors from the two adjacent Regions, Ministers of Health, Religious and cultural leaders, Partners and UN agencies from both The Gambia and Senegal took part in this historic occasion which also formed part of the World Malaria Da (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 8, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cochrane January-March 2019: highlights from Q1
' Cochrane exists so that healthcare decisions get better. ’ That is the first sentence of our Strategy to 2020 that aims to put Cochrane evidence at the heart of health decision-making all over the world. Here ’s a look back at some key highlights of our work in the first quarter of 2019, from January to March.Cochrane began preparations for its annual flagship event,Cochrane ’s Colloquium in Santiago, Chile 22-25 October, 2019. During this time, many Cochrane contributors submitted abstracts as part of the scientific programme, this year ‘embracing diversity’. We also opened the ca...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Nigeria: Can Nigeria Achieve Malaria Elimination?
[Premium Times] World Malaria Day is celebrated across the globe on April 25 every year. It is a day to draw public attention to one of the greatest public health challenges, especially of low- and middle-income countries [e.g. Nigeria]. After this year's celebration of the Day, Premium Times looks at some of the common myths surrounding the prospects of malaria elimination in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Severe Malaria: Only One Drug Option Remains Severe Malaria: Only One Drug Option Remains
Patient with severe malaria? Call the CDC, rather than the pharmacy, to obtain artesunate.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 6, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Big pharma can only see the benefit of R & D for wealthy markets | Kenan Malik
There is too little incentive for pharmaceutical companies to work on treatments for diseases of low-income countriesAt the end of April, health workers in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya began rolling out the first and so far only vaccine proved to protect against malaria. It ’s part of a World Health Organization pilotprogramme that could immunise more than one million children by 2023. Yet, while this is a welcome step in the fight against malaria, it also exposes the problems in developing vaccines for use in non-western countries.This kind of endeavour can ’t be repeated, from GSK’s point of viewContinue rea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 5, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Kenan Malik Tags: Malaria Pharmaceuticals industry World Health Organization Africa Global health GlaxoSmithKline Drugs Science Business Global development Society World news Ghana Malawi Kenya Source Type: news

Old Malaria Drug as Good as Blockbuster Type 2 Diabetes Agent Old Malaria Drug as Good as Blockbuster Type 2 Diabetes Agent
When added to metformin and vildagliptin, hydroxychloroquine lowered HbA1c as well as canagliflozin and also reduced weight and inflammation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - May 3, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Poor Quality Control Contributing to Rise in Malaria Cases
[Guardian] As Nigeria continues to record the highest burden of malaria prevalence in Africa, experts have raised concern over poor quality control as factor responsible. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 2, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria May Never Be Eliminated As Efforts Suffer Setbacks
[Guardian] The global drive to eliminate malaria by 2030 is gaining momentum. The optimism is derived from the fact that several diseases have successfully been eradicated and eliminated such as smallpox and yaw. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 2, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Seeking better detection for chronic malaria
(Wake Forest University) In people with chronic malaria, certain metabolic systems in the blood change to support a long-term host-parasite relationship, a finding that is key to eventually developing better detection, treatment and eradication of the disease, according to research published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 2, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Africa: Malawi Is Testing a New Malaria Vaccine. but It's Still Early Days
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria is a leading cause of death and illness around the world. Over 200 million cases are reported every year, and more than 400 000 people die. More than 90% of cases are reported in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists have spent decades searching for an effective vaccine. Hence the recent excitement when Malawi's government announced it had launched a pilot programme for the world's first malaria vaccine, RTS,S (also known as Mosquirix ©), produced by the pharmaceutical company, GSK. It's the first vac (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Opting In: The Value of Vaccines
A young boy in Pakistan receives an oral polio vaccine (OPV). Over the last 30 years huge progress has been made against polio and it is now only endemic in 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with only 33 cases confirmed cases last year. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 1 2019 (IPS) Since the introduction of vaccines, diseases such as measles and polio were quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, the world’s progress on immunisation is now being threatened. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 85 percent of the world’s children received basic va...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations diptheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) human papillomavirus (HPV) Measles Vaccines World Health Organ Source Type: news

Ghana: Govt Launches Malaria Vaccine for Children
[VOA] Children in Ghana are starting to get a new vaccine designed to stop malaria. Ghana is the second African country to get the vaccine, which is expected to reduce cases of the mosquito-borne and sometimes fatal disease. But experts caution that other malaria-prevention measures are still necessary. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 1, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Musculoskeletal conditions 2nd global cause of years with disability
Sharp rise in musculoskeletal conditions since the millennium Related items fromOnMedica Transforming MSK care and patient outcomes Opioid or muscle relaxant no extra benefit for back pain New guidance launched for hip replacement Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver Self-help graded exercise programme may curb CFS fatigue (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Artemisinin-Based Combination Treatment for Malaria Remains Most Effective - Epidemiologist
[Ghanaian Times] Research Scientists have affirmed that the Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT), for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria still remains the most effective first-line treatment drug for the deadly disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 30, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: U.S. Malaria Initiative Invested U.S.$240 Million for Malaria Fight
[Malawi News Agency] Mchinji -United States President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) has invested over US$ 240 million in the fight against Malaria in the country since 2006. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 30, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: New Malaria Drug Introduced in Uganda
[Monitor] Kampala -Scientists have developed a new anti-malaria drug to boost the fight against malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria - Why Nigeria Is Far From Winning Despite Global Progress
[Vanguard] On this year's World Malaria day, with the theme: "Zero malaria starts with me", findings show that Nigeria needs to prioritise investment, improve the environment and the quality of drugs, if it must go beyond recognising the day to celebrate the reduction of malaria burden in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Roaring Success As Malaria Deaths Drop By 70%
[Daily News] Deaths caused by malaria are down by 68.3 per cent, thanks to the government's dedicated efforts in tackling the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Vanguard, Rotary Club, Pecan, Wage War Against Malaria
[Vanguard] In line with the 2019, World Malaria Day theme: "Zero Malaria Starts with Me," Vanguard Newspapers in collaboration with Rotary Club and the Pest Control Association of Nigeria, PECAN, on Thursday carried out free fumigation exercise in Kirikiri area of Lagos. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: World Malaria Day - Minister Says, Time Is Ripe to End the Deadly Disease for Good.
[WHO] Nigeria has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2019 World Malaria Day on 25 April. During a Press briefing in Abuja on 25 April, 2019, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole in his message underscores this year's theme; 'Zero Malaria Starts with me'; to call for "renewed effort towards ending the scourge of the disease for good". (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FT Health: Taking the fight to malaria
Abdourahmane Diallo interview, drugs by drone, antibiotic alert (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tanzania: Kagera RC Spearheads Fight Against Malaria
[Daily News] KAGERA Regional Commissioner (RC) Marco Gaguti has appealed to leaders and residents in the region to take intensive efforts in the fight against Malaria. He said in spite of recent achievements with the prevalence level amongst children significantly dropping from 41 per cent during 2016/17 to 15.4 per cent in 2017/18, there is need to scale up malaria control and continue focused intervention efforts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Kenya and Ghana to Rollout Malaria Vaccine
[Nation] As the globe marks World Malaria Day on Thursday, three African countries have been given the go-ahead to pilot the first successfully developed vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: World Malaria Day - Total Offers Free Medicare, Mosquito Nets
[Daily Trust] As the world marks Malaria Day, Total has offered free medical treatment to children and distributed free mosquito treated nets to residents of Kutunku in Gwagwalada Area Council. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: World Malaria Day Observed in Serejaka
[Shabait] Asmara -World Malaria Day observed in the Central region in Serejaka today, 25 April under the theme "Zero malaria starts with me" to raise awareness for the treatment and prevention of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Innovation Could Help End Spread of Malaria Through Blood
[East African] As the world works towards achieving universal healthcare and well-being by 2030, winning the war against malaria is not just the right thing to do, it is also a smart investment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria Kills 81,640, Infects 53.7 Million Yearly
[Guardian] Efforts by government at all levels and the international community notwithstanding, malaria still kills no fewer than 81,640 Nigerians and infects 53.7 million yearly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news