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2010-03-05 08:03:14

Mosquito-borne virus has infected millions of people in Asia, Africa and Europe Imagine a mosquito-borne virus that has already infected millions of people in recent outbreaks in South and Southeast Asia, the islands of the Indian Ocean, Africa and northern Italy. Although seldom fatal, it causes highly painful arthritis-like symptoms that can linger for months or even years. It's capable of adapting to spread through a mosquito species common in much of North America. And no vaccine or...

2010-02-01 12:23:42

A study published online on February 1 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (www.jem.org) shows that antiviral proteins called type I interferons (IFNs) are needed to fend off infection with an exotic mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya virus. This pathogen, which causes high fevers and severe joint pain, triggered a recent epidemic in Southeast Asia, infecting more than 30% of the population in some areas. A team led by Marc Lecuit and Matthew Albert at the Pasteur Institute in Paris...

2010-01-28 19:47:41

An experimental vaccine developed using non-infectious virus-like particles (VLP) has protected macaques and mice against chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen that has infected millions of people in Africa and Asia and causes debilitating pain, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found. Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) developed the vaccine because there is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya virus infection. Details...

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2009-12-25 15:20:00

Earlier this year, researchers showed that they could cut the lives of disease-carrying mosquitoes in half by infecting them with a bacterium they took from fruit flies. Now, a new report in the December 24th issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication, suggests that their strategy might do one better: The Wolbachia bacteria also makes the mosquitoes more resistant to infection by viruses that are a growing threat to humans, including those responsible for dengue fever and Chikungunya. Once...

2009-11-06 07:35:00

SPRING VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Calbiotech, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material command. Under terms of the agreement, Calbiotech will develop analyte specific reagents (ASRs) for the diagnosis of Dengue virus. Dengue virus is a mosquito-born flavivirus that represents a major threat to military forces deployed to tropical areas of the world. Due to its...

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2009-09-21 06:35:00

Most people will recall the West Nile virus scare that incited fear throughout North America just 10 years ago; however new mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S. and Europe are posing a farther greater health risk, an expert in the U.S. said on Friday. The Chikungunya virus first popped up in Africa in 2005, but has now greatly spread, leaving a trail of outbreaks and enumerable deaths in India and the French island of Reunion. Cases have even been reported in Italy and France, where the virus...

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2009-08-13 09:40:00

The southwest suburbs of Chicago may hold the secret to understanding West Nile virus, a pathogen that has infected thousands since it appeared in North America in 1999."There are few other cities with such good conditions for the virus to persist," explained Tony Goldberg, epidemiologist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine.In a study funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health through their joint program in...

2009-08-11 14:40:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State Health Secretary Everette James today reported this year's first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania. The individual is a 21-year-old woman from Luzerne County. "The number of cases of West Nile disease has declined significantly in the past five years but this season's first case is a reminder that the disease is still out there," Secretary James said. "You can take precautions to protect yourself from this...

2009-07-16 23:00:32

West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in New York for the first time this year, health department officials said. Dr. Thomas Farley, the city health commissioner, said the infectious mosquitoes were collected from Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, but so far, no human cases have been detected. The health department has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control in the affected area. West Nile Virus has returned to New York City, but simple precautions can help protect...

2009-05-15 14:48:12

More than 15,000 people in southern Thailand have fallen ill with a mosquito virus known as Chikungunya disease, a disease control official says. Disease Control Department head Somchai Chakrabhand said the virus spread by mosquitoes has infected 15,240 people in 15 of Thailand's southern provinces to date, The Bangkok Post reported Friday. Despite the number of infected individuals, the Public Health Ministry remains confident the outbreak can be contained, Somchai added. But the disease...


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