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Mystery Surrounds Isolated Dengue Fever Outbreaks In United States
2013-11-15 09:03:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dengue fever, an infectious tropical disease carried by several species of mosquito in the genus Aedes, has been showing up in Key West and the Florida mainland, potentially exposing millions of people to a disease that can lead to life-threatening illness. While the dengue virus is mysteriously working its way up into Florida, researchers are equally as puzzled as to why the dangerous illness has not yet become common in and...

2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Death Toll Much Worse Than Originally Believed
2012-06-26 12:02:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Shortly after the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported that roughly 18,500 people died from the virus, a finding that is being called into question as researchers now believe the death toll reached more than quarter of a million people, 15 times more than the original estimate. Publishing their findings in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, an international group of...

2012-01-11 13:56:26

Improved estimates on the geographical spread of infectious diseases are achieved by studying human mobility networks Humans are considered the hosts for spreading epidemics. The speed at which an epidemic spreads is now better understood thanks to a new model accounting for the provincial nature of human mobility, according to a study published in EPJ B. The research was conducted by a team lead by Vitaly Belik from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, who is also affiliated...

2011-12-01 12:56:35

Inadequate use of masks or respirators put health care workers at risk of 2009 H1N1 infection during the earliest stages of the 2009 pandemic in the U.S., according to a study published in the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The study, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tracked 63 Southern California health care workers who had contact with six of the first eight...

Black Death Genome Could Reveal Secrets of Ancient And Modern Pathogens
2011-10-13 04:32:16

Scientists have successfully mapped the complete genome of the Black Death - the bubonic plague that wiped out 50 million Europeans between 1347 and 1351 and remains one of the most severe epidemics of all time - various news agencies reported on Wednesday. According to Kate Kelland of Reuters, an international team of researchers extracted and purified DNA from the remains from victims buried in the so-called plague pits of London. "Building on previous research which showed that a...

14th Century Plague Lives On Via New Strain
2011-08-30 10:17:00

  According to a study published Tuesday, a less virulent version of the 14th century's Black Death plague is still present today. DNA testing on the skeletons of plague victims unearthed in a medieval London mass grave revealed part of the same gene sequence as the modern bubonic plague. "At least this part of the genetic information has barely changed in the past 600 years" said Johannes Krause, one of the authors of the study published in the Proceedings of the National...

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2011-08-22 20:39:39

A new study says that swine flu infections could trigger a rare sleeping disorder. The new study claims that rates of narcolepsy peak five to seven months after the highest levels of H1N1 infections and colds. The new research goes against some concerns that Pandemrix caused sleeping disorders in children in Finland. Researchers from Stanford medicine school in California said their study suggests that restrictions on the vaccine could actually lead to higher rates of infection....

2011-07-19 12:34:31

Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases is an important tool in the understanding and prediction of epidemics. Knowledge of social interactions is used to understand how infectious diseases spread through populations and how to control epidemics. New research published in BMC Medicine shows that a model, which included dynamic information about the heterogeneity of contact length and rate of making new contacts, was as effective as a more complex model which included the order of...


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2011-01-12 16:33:15

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), caused by the dengue virus, is among the spectrum of acute febrile tropical disease and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occurring mainly in the tropics it can be life threatening and is caused by four closely related virus stereotypes of the genus Flavivirus. It was identified and named in 1779. It has a nickname of "breakbone fever" due to it causing sever generalized bodyache. It tends to be more prevalent in the urban districts of its range...

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