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2008-08-19 15:01:22

West Nile virus is a potentially serious central nervous system infection spread by mosquitoes. It can have long-term health consequences with symptoms such as fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and motor abnormalities that can persist for months. Approximately 20 percent of people infected have symptoms that range from mild flu-like illness to neurological problems such as meningoencephalitis, encephalitis, and acute flaccid paralysis. Until now, little was know about the long-term outcomes...

2008-08-19 12:01:01

The long-term prognosis of recovery from West Nile virus, a central nervous system infection spread by mosquitoes, is good, Canadian researchers said. Study author Dr. Mark of McMaster University in Hamilton said that many people infected by West Nile virus never get sick, so the disease can be difficult to diagnose. However, approximately 20 percent have symptoms that range from mild flu-like illness to neurological problems such as meningoencephalitis, encephalitis and acute flaccid...

2008-07-21 00:00:29

MUAR: Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai has told state health directors to monitor the current outbreak of chikungunya here closely and find ways to curb its spread. He said to date, 443 patients were confirmed as chikungunya victims, with no fatalities. "In Johor, the disease is under control," he said after meeting Bakri, Muar, Pagoh and Ledang MCA division leaders here yesterday. Chikungunya is a non-lethal viral fever with symptoms similar to that of dengue. Liow said there was...

2008-06-27 00:02:36

BANGALORE: It's official: A chikungunya outbreak has hit the city. Of 21 samples sent to the Public Health Institute, seven - all from Srirampura and surrounding areas - tested positive for chikungunya, confirmed Dr H M Vinutha, joint director, PHI. Dr Gangalakshmi, medical superintendent at BBMP Referral Hospital, Srirampura, said 17 new cases of chikungunya were treated on Tuesday. The disease was first reported at the hospital, where 86 cases were treated on Sunday. Seventeen patients...

2008-02-20 09:45:00

Researchers have developed the first animal model of the infection caused by chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an emerging arbovirus associated with large-scale epidemics that hit the Indian Ocean (especially the French Island of La R©union) in 2005, later spreading to India, and Italy in 2007. Using this mouse model, scientists of the Institut Pasteur and INSERM determined which tissues and cells are infected by the virus in both the mild and severe forms of the disease it causes. They detail...

2006-08-24 10:35:00

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of people with high fever and severe body aches have been admitted to hospitals in the West Indian state Gujarat, officials said on Thursday. They said the illness was likely to be Chikungunya, a rare form of viral fever spread by mosquitoes. Gujarat was hit by heavy rains and floods this month, and health officials had warned of disease outbreaks. More than 900 people were being treated for the fever in the state's main city Ahmedabad, while in Surat --...

2006-03-08 04:40:00

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The media is over-reacting to a crippling mosquito-borne disease currently sweeping across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, adding that the disease is rarely fatal. "Chikungunya" fever, a painful disease for which there is no cure or vaccine, has infected more than 180,000 people, mostly in Reunion but also in Mauritius, Seychelles, Mayotte and Madagascar, all located off the southeast coast of Africa. "I think it is...

2006-03-07 04:58:59

Please read in 2nd paragraph ... infected more than 180,000 people ... instead of ... infected more than 150,000 people A corrected version follows: NAIROBI (Reuters) - Madagascar has confirmed its first case of a crippling, mosquito-born disease that has infected more than 180,000 people across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization said on Monday. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has infected more than 180,000 people across...

2006-03-06 04:44:05

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Madagascar has confirmed its first case of a crippling, mosquito-born disease that has infected more than 180,000 people across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization said on Monday. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has infected more than 150,000 people across Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion, hurting productivity and threatening vital tourist visits. Though not deadly, the fever is very painful and often causes...

2006-03-02 05:47:53

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) sought to reassure tourists it was safe to travel to the Indian Ocean region, despite a crippling mosquito-borne virus that has infected some 150,000 people. The "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no cure or vaccine, has been spreading through Reunion, Mauritius and Seychelles since January. Mauritius has so far had 1,298 confirmed cases and 4,706 suspected cases and authorities are awaiting test results...