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A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year.
With increased trade in livestock products offering a possible antidote to high food prices, livestock experts from the Middle East and 12 African countries are meeting this week in Dubai to develop a strategy that eliminates the need to impose devastating bans on livestock imports from the Horn of Africa, as prevention against the spread of Rift Valley fever.
Two new approaches could form the basis for the first-ever human vaccine for Rift Valley Fever (RVF), an infectious disease that threatens both farm animals and people.
The world's top agency for animal health said on Monday that climate change is widening viral disease among farm animals, expanding the spread of some microbes that are also a known risk to humans.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have discovered a key tactic that the Rift Valley fever virus uses to disarm the defenses of infected cells.
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 â€“ viruses carried by arthropods such as mosquitoes, midges and ticks.
An academic at Wyoming University has warned that it would be "relatively easy" for terrorists to launch a devastating attack using swarms of insects to spread a deadly disease.
Roundup: Scientists urged to jointly tackle Africa's health issues By Daniel Ooko NAIROBI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Climate and health experts are warning that scientists must work together to tackle myriad African problems or risk disastrous consequences to human and animal health in the continent.
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a viral zoonosis that causes fever. It is spread through infected mosquitoes. It was first reported in 1915 in Kenya were it infected livestock. Outbreaks occur across sub-Saharan Africa, and in the "˜77-"˜78 outbreak several million people were infected and thousands died during a violent epidemic. In 1998 the virus killed 400 Kenyans and in 2000 an outbreak occurred in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The virus causes mild illness with fever, headache, myalgia and...