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2009-07-08 13:40:00

Experts say more than half of the states in the U.S. now have mosquitoes that are known to spread dengue fever. A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council showed that two types of mosquitoes capable of transmitting the dengue fever virus are invading Southern and Mid-Atlantic states, creating conditions more favorable for an outbreak. An estimated 173 million Americans live in counties that now contain one or both of the mosquito species, a problem that could escalate with global...

2009-06-09 14:46:10

U.S. and Costa Rican scientists say they've developed the first climate-based computer model that can predict dengue fever outbreaks in Costa Rica. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Miami and the University of Costa Rica said the new model can predict dengue fever epidemics with 83 percent accuracy, up to 40 weeks in advance of an outbreak and provide information on the magnitude of future epidemics. The Costa Rican model, the researchers said, can be expanded to...

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...

2008-11-04 15:00:20

U.S. entomologists say they've determined smaller mosquitoes are more likely to be infected with viruses causing human diseases than are larger mosquitoes. The researchers said they fed mosquitoes blood contaminated with the dengue virus and later tested them for infection at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, taking into account the size of each mosquito by measuring the length of their wings. They discovered smaller-sized mosquitoes had higher infection rates and greater...

2008-10-14 00:00:40

By Anand Bodh Mohali: It seems that the government woke up only after a relative of a minister was down with dengue. A day after health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla's relative in Mohali was admitted to PGI, Chandigarh, as a suspected dengue case, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday announced free treatment for all such patients in government hospitals and dispensaries. He also directed chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh to ask the health and medical services to gear up for any...

2008-09-16 15:00:37

By TIFFANY, Martin Dengue fever is on the rise in Fiji with 26 new cases reported at the Sigatoka and Lautoka hospitals recently. (c) 2008 Waikato Times. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-07 12:00:19

Text of report by privately-owned owned national daily newspaper Fiji Sun website on 7 September The Ministry of Health has not received any reports of dengue fever cases from the Northern and Eastern divisions. This was confirmed by Director of Preventive Health Services Dr Losevata Alefaio yesterday. "There have been no reports of dengue fever cases from the Eastern and Northern divisions yet," he said. "In the Central Division there were 11 cases, though not all health facilities have...

2008-07-16 15:01:08

A patient with dengue virus was receiving treatment at an Islamabad, Pakistan, hospital, officials have confirmed. The Pakistani National Institute of Health has reported the positive blood test of patient Janas Khan, who was admitted to the hospital with complaint of high fever for three previous days. He has been shifted to observation room of the medical ward, the APP news service reported. Dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosquito bite, usually starts suddenly with a high fever,...

2006-12-19 06:00:00

Without mosquitoes, epidemics of dengue fever and malaria could not plague this planet. The skin-piercing insects infect one person after another while dining on a favorite meal: human blood. Eliminating the pests appears impossible. But scientists are attempting to re-engineer them so they cannot carry disease. If they manage that, they must create enough mutants to mate with wild insects and one day to outnumber them. Researchers chasing this dream, including an N.C. State University...

2006-01-18 12:09:44

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil's tourist mecca of Rio de Janeiro has prompted the authorities to step up prevention measures, fearing a repeat of a 2002 epidemic that killed more than 100 people, officials said on Wednesday. "We have flare-ups in two districts. It needs to be blocked urgently, because without such control we have a risk of having an epidemic again in Rio," Aloisio Ribeiro, head of Rio state government's Epidemiology Vigilance...

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