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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...

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...

2006-08-24 10:35:00

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of people with high fever and severe body aches have been admitted to hospitals in the West Indian state Gujarat, officials said on Thursday. They said the illness was likely to be Chikungunya, a rare form of viral fever spread by mosquitoes. Gujarat was hit by heavy rains and floods this month, and health officials had warned of disease outbreaks. More than 900 people were being treated for the fever in the state's main city Ahmedabad, while in Surat --...

2006-03-08 04:40:00

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The media is over-reacting to a crippling mosquito-borne disease currently sweeping across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, adding that the disease is rarely fatal. "Chikungunya" fever, a painful disease for which there is no cure or vaccine, has infected more than 180,000 people, mostly in Reunion but also in Mauritius, Seychelles, Mayotte and Madagascar, all located off the southeast coast of Africa. "I think it is...

2006-03-07 04:58:59

Please read in 2nd paragraph ... infected more than 180,000 people ... instead of ... infected more than 150,000 people A corrected version follows: NAIROBI (Reuters) - Madagascar has confirmed its first case of a crippling, mosquito-born disease that has infected more than 180,000 people across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization said on Monday. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has infected more than 180,000 people across...


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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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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