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Researchers Warn Chikungunya Could Become Epidemic In The

Researchers Warn Chikungunya Could Become Epidemic In The Americas

American Society for Microbiology A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology. The...

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2013-06-26 16:23:42

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two new invasive mosquito species found in California are making it more difficult for mosquito control districts to protect the public from the biting insects. At the same time, counties in nearly every region of the state are reporting West Nile virus activity, including the first confirmed fatality as well as both mosquitoes and birds testing positive for the disease. "Now more than ever, it is imperative for everyone to protect...

Cooler Temperatures Make Mosquitoes More Dangerous
2013-06-04 12:39:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers wrote in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases that weather could be influencing the transmission of the West Nile virus and other mosquito-related disease. The scientists said mosquitoes living in cooler temperatures have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to dangerous viruses and more likely to transmit them to people. They said this connection is significant in light of global climate...

2013-05-07 20:23:56

Obtains Promising Vaccine Candidates Against Dengue and Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, Advancing Takeda's Commitment to Vaccines and Global Health OSAKA, Japan and DEERFIELD, Ill. and FORT COLLINS, Colo., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited ("Takeda") and Inviragen, Inc. ("Inviragen") jointly announced today that Takeda, its wholly owned subsidiary Takeda America Holdings, Inc., and Inviragen, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement for Takeda to...

2012-08-22 10:24:37

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from SRI International finds that mosquitoes commonly found in the United States can be infected with a disease-causing virus from Asia. The research findings are from a recent study that modeled how mosquito-borne infections can become introduced. Study findings are published in the August 2012 issue of the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. In laboratory experiments, researchers demonstrated that mosquitoes from...

Vecmap Tracks Asian Bush Mosquito
2012-08-19 11:28:55

Under the watchful eye of ESA´s Vecmap initiative, the Asian bush mosquito is about to get bitten in Belgium. First observed in Belgium in 2002, the Asian bush mosquito can spread viruses such as Chikungunya, Dengue, and West Nile. Vecmap tests the accurate mapping of mosquitoes in Europe and in particular, mosquitoes carrying diseases. Diseases carried by mosquitoes or ticks are an increasing public health concern in Europe. However, predicting where mosquitoes will flourish and...

2012-07-18 06:27:27

OXFORD, England, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxitec scientists have reported the creation of a new flightless strain of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus. The breakthrough, reported in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, could help stop the spread of this dangerous and invasive pest. The Asian tiger mosquito is a serious nuisance biter, but is also capable of transmitting dengue fever, Chikungunya, West Nile Virus and a host of other diseases. In the...

2012-03-14 20:51:59

1.         Recent breakthroughs in Chikungunya research spearheaded by scientists at A*STAR´s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) have made great strides in the battle against the infectious disease. Working in close collaborations with Singapore clinician-scientists and international researchers, Dr Lisa Ng, Principal Investigator of the Chikungunya research group at SIgN, led the team to discover a direct biomarker which serves as an early and...

2011-08-12 12:35:06

NIH awards $3 million to prepare for clinical trials; developers hope vaccine will alleviate suffering caused by mosquito-borne virus in Asia and Africa and limit its spread Researchers have developed a new candidate vaccine to protect against chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen that produces an intensely painful and often chronic arthritic disease that has stricken millions of people in India, Southeast Asia and Africa. A single dose of the experimental vaccine protected lab mice...

2011-07-22 14:34:21

An experimental research carried out in Sant Cugat del Valls and Rubí, coordinated by researchers from UAB, assessed the efficacy of a combination of strategies to reduce the population of tiger mosquitos (Aedes albopictus). The research began in February 2008. The research focused on monitoring eggs found in small experimental traps. Researchers observed that for the first time, the number of eggs diminished after applying the measures. The strategies began with a visit to...

2011-06-18 01:45:14

Guest edited by Brandeis professor Donald Shepard, it contains 7 original studies co-authored by Brandeis researchers The ten studies in this special issue document the substantial and growing burden of dengue in the Americas, Africa and Asia, and the burden of a chikungunya outbreak in India. Luiz Tadeu Moraes Figuedo's paper on dengue in Brazil confirms the country's worsening trend; from 1999-2009, where cases rose at 6.2% per year and dengue deaths at 12.0% per year. Carmen Perez and...