The Courier mail Matthew Killoran 23 April 2014
THE Brisbane City Council Opposition is pushing for a controversial technique to be employed to tackle the flourishing mosquito population in the city’s north.
Labor councillor Kim Flesser wants the city to trial “runnelling”, where trenches are dug in wetlands to flush stagnant ponds into bigger creek and river systems where mosquito larvae are eaten by fish.
But the council LNP administration said the practice was akin to “draining the wetlands” and said there was not enough evidence it would work.
The Courier Mail Matthew Killoran 21 April 2014
Queensland Health has already reported an increase in cases of the mosquito-carried diseases Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus in Brisbane.
There have been 23 RRV cases this year, including nine in the past month, as well as 16 BFV.
QH public health physician Heidi Carroll said while it was only slightly above average for this time of year, they were preparing for more cases.
Townsville Bulletin Sophie Kesteven 17 April 2014
A DENGUE fever outbreak has been declared in Charters Towers after a local resident tested positive to the virus. The Charters Towers Regional Council received notification from Queensland Health yesterday to take immediate action under their dengue plan after the resident was diagnosed by a local GP.
ABC News 16 April 2014
Tongan health authorities say there’s been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus affecting more than 10,000 people across the country.
EurekAlert Jil Sliwa 7 April 2014
A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.
The risk of a “catastrophic” epidemic in the Americas is boosted by the FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil next month, what with people coming in from near and from far, says corresponding author Ricardo Lourenco-de-Oliveira of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil annually reports the highest incidence of dengue, a virus that is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the same mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya, he says.
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(University of California – Riverside 4 April 2014) A research team led by a University of California Riverside scientist has generated a 3-D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages in the parasite’s life cycle — the first time such 3-D architecture has been generated during the progression of the life cycle of a parasite. The team found that genes that need to be highly expressed in the parasite tend to cluster in the same area of the cell nucleus.
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ABC News Kate Arnott 8 April 2014
Vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue fever have re-emerged and are spreading to new parts of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. WHO has called for more funding and political commitment to improve vector control and stop diseases outbreaks.
News.com.au AAP April 04, 2014
URGENT action is needed to save millions of people from the spread of the dengue virus across the world, according to the Australian Red Cross.
The disease is a “silent disaster”, soaring from 15,000 cases a year in the 1960s to 390 million in 2014, according to a Red Cross document released in Switzerland and Australia on Friday.
Townsville bulletin Daniel Bateman 2 April 2014
THE bloodsuckers captured in these traps may one day help control the spread of dengue fever around the world.
The Eliminate Dengue research project has officially started in Townsville, with researchers deploying traps to monitor local mosquito populations.
There are currently 10 confirmed cases of dengue in Townsville since an outbreak was declared on January 30, 120 cases of the mosquito-borne virus in Cairns/Innisfail, and 17 cases in Port Douglas/Miallo.
The Eliminate Dengue project involves releasing mosquitoes infected with a naturally occurring bacteria, called wolbachia, that has been proven to block mozzies from infecting people with the potentially fatal virus.
The Conversation Anthony McMichael, Colin Butler, Helen Louise Berry 31 March 2014
The consequences of human-driven global climate change as this century progresses will be wide-ranging. Yet public discussion has focused narrowly on a largely spurious debate about the basic science and on the risks to property, iconic species and ecosystems, jobs, the GDP and the economics of taking action versus taking our chances.
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