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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...

2006-03-06 04:44:05

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 150,000 people across Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion, hurting productivity and threatening vital tourist visits. Though not deadly, the fever is very painful and often causes...

2006-02-28 14:45:00

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government will study a plan for killing mosquitoes in case a crippling disease that has hit La Reunion island spreads to mainland France, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on Tuesday. Chikungunya fever has infected a fifth of La Reunion's population and Bertrand said on Monday that several dozen people returning to the mainland from the Indian Ocean region had the disease, which can be transmitted only by mosquitoes. Bertrand told parliament a research center...

2006-02-28 04:23:16

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam has called on the population to help fight a crippling mosquito-borne virus which has swept across several countries in the Indian Ocean region. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has been spreading through islands off the southeast coast of Africa since January, infecting more than 150,000 people in Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius. Mauritius has 1,174 confirmed...

2006-02-26 06:43:55

By Bernard Grollier SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-REUNION, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin promised La Reunion 76 million euros ($90 million) in aid on Sunday to tackle a crippling disease that has swept the Indian Ocean island and put him under political pressure. Villepin made the pledge at the start of a two-day visit to La Reunion which is intended to show solidarity with the distant French territory and shake off criticism that he has done too little to help...

2006-02-25 07:55:00

PARIS -- Doctors in mainland France have detected a mosquito-borne disease among people returning from the Indian Ocean region, where the virus is spreading rapidly, a senior health official said on Saturday. France's health minister has blamed "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, for directly or indirectly killing 77 people on the French island of La Reunion off the southeast coast of Africa. French health officials say 157,000 people have now been infected by...


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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