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2010-09-07 09:15:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal health experts warn that fatal cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile are being reported in numerous states, even in areas where activity has been low for several years. This follows a rise in the early warning signs of mosquito-borne diseases that include Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile and Western Equine Encephalitis. This doesn't bode well for either horses or humans. (Logo:...

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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...

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...

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...

2008-10-08 09:00:50

New Hampshire health officials say Eastern equine encephalitis has been found in mosquitoes captured in Manchester. The Manchester Health Department said mosquitoes collected Sept. 29 tested positive for the virus. Eastern equine encephalitis can cause high fever and a severe headache. In the severe form of the disease, a stiff neck is a common symptom before seizures and coma, and it can lead to death. No one has tested positive for the disease in the state this year. The Associated...

2008-09-26 18:00:59

By lowri turner A Catholic school in Bury, Great Manchester, has banned the new cervical cancer jab for girls. It believes that the injection could "encourage sexual promiscuity". Do they also ban the rubella jab? This has been given to girls, certainly since I was at school. The aim of giving the rubella vaccination at 11 is to prevent any girl who might get pregnant from catching German measles and damaging her unborn child. This could also be seen to encourage teenage sex....

2008-07-22 09:01:13

US-based clinical-stage company AlphaVax has initiated a Chlamydia vaccine program based on its alphavirus vector platform technology. AlphaVax will initiate studies on a prototype vaccine in collaboration with Luis de la Maza, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California, Irvine. Dr Maza's laboratory has established an animal model of chlamydial genital disease. Robert Olmsted, vice president of research at AlphaVax, said: "This new program targeting a...

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...


Latest Togaviruses Reference Libraries

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2011-02-23 21:21:50

Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus is a mosquito-borne viral pathogen that causes Venezuelan equine encephalitis or encephalomyelitis (VEE). It can affect all equine species, such as horses, donkeys, and zebras. Equines may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders after infection. It is contractible by humans and will usually experience flu-like symptoms when infected. People with a weak immune system can become seriously ill or die. It is transmitted primarily...

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2011-02-23 20:55:25

The Semliki Forest virus was isolated from mosquitoes in the Semliki Forest in 1942. It can cause disease in both animals and man. It's an Alphavirus found in central, eastern, and southern Africa. It is a positive-stranded RNA virus. It is spread mainly by mosquito bites and infects mammals through inhalation or gastrointestinal exposure. The virus can cause lethal encephalitis in rodents; however, only one fatal infection has been reported in humans. This patient was immunodeficient and...

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2011-01-11 12:50:11

Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE), also called sleeping sickness or Triple E, is a zoonotic alphavirus and arbovirus that exists in the Americas and the Caribbean. It was first seen in Massachusetts in 1831 when 75 horses died of encephalitic illness. It is often associated with coastal plains. EEE was first isolated from the brain of an infected horse in 1933. In 1938 the first human case was confirmed when thirty children died of encephalitis in northeaster United States...

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