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2009-03-19 14:30:00

Massive urbanization expansions and a wildly uncontrolled global mosquito population are driving an increased rate of infection and death, according to an expert from the World Heath Organization (WHO). "Policymakers in the developing world didn't foresee the issue, they gave it a lot of lip service," Duane Gubler, a WHO adviser who has worked on tropical infectious diseases in Asia for over 30 years, told Reuters. "If you ask any minister of health in Southeast Asia, they will say dengue is...

2009-02-06 08:58:57

Ever since scientists first proposed that our planet might be experiencing widespread climate change, concerns have been raised about its implications for the spread of arboviruses "“ viruses carried by arthropods such as mosquitoes, midges and ticks. However, while alterations in temperature and rainfall are important factors in making new territory hospitable to an invading arbovirus, many other forces also play significant parts in new patterns of viral emergence.That's the message...

2009-02-04 08:39:00

LEIDEN, The Netherlands, February 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Top Institute Pharma (TI Pharma) has formed a consortium with Wageningen University, Erasmus University Medical Centre and Nobilon, a subsidiary of Schering-Plough, to develop a 'proof of concept' vaccine against the Chikungunya virus. This vaccine aims to reduce the rate of Chikungunya infections. Viral disease epidemics have increased in incidence around the world in recent decades. One of these diseases is caused by the...

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2008-11-13 11:17:47

In a global world, significant factors affect the spread of infectious diseases, including international trade, air travel and globalized food production. "Airport malaria" is a term coined by researchers to explain the more recent spread of malaria to areas such as the United States and Europe, which some scientists credit to warmer climate changes. Airport malaria is transmitted when a mosquito infected with the disease bites a human within the vicinity (usually one mile or less) of an...

2008-11-12 03:00:16

Air travel, international trade and globalized food production are helping "airport malaria" and other diseases spread to the United States, researchers say. Dr. James H. Diaz of Louisiana State University said airport malaria is transmitted when a mosquito infected with the disease bites a human within the vicinity of an international airport. Climate changes in some U.S. cities with a large presence of international air traffic, such as New York and Los Angeles, seem to have created a...

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...


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