Category Archives: Vector borne diseases

INCLUDES Arbovirus (Chikungunya, Dengue, Encephalitis, Japanese Encephalitis, Murray Valley Encephalitis, Ross River, West Nile), Insect-borne diseases, mosquitos, entomology with regard to mosquitos, emerging disease.
Use VIROLOGY for waterborne diseases.
EXCLUDES Bat-borne diseases (USE Hendra or Lyssavirus) .

Malaria experts bid to stamp out disease before parasite becomes drug resistant

The Guardian Sarah Boseley 31 July 2014

Some of the world’s leading malaria experts are advocating a radical plan to try to stamp out the disease before resistance to the newest and best drugs used to treat it grows too widespread.

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Link to NEJM article

Researchers tackle link between climate change and public health

The Guardian Graham Readfearn 25 July 2014

The Australian Academy of Science brought together 60 “early- and mid-career” scientists and researchers in Brisbane, hoping to influence how policymakers and governments respond to the impacts of climate change on public health.  It asked them to tackle the complex interactions between increasing weather extremes and the impacts on health.

The academy aims to have a complete report with recommendations to present to policymakers, politicians and the public by December.

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Decoding dengue

(Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore  16 July 2014) Scientists have discovered a new pathway the dengue virus takes to suppress the human immune system. This new knowledge deepens our understanding of the virus and could contribute to the development of more effective therapeutics.

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New potential way to control spread of insect-borne disease

EurekAlert 17-Jul-2014

A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called “gene drives.” The advance could potentially lead to powerful new ways of combating malaria and other insect-borne diseases, controlling invasive species and promoting sustainable agriculture.
Representing the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Arizona State University, the team includes scientists working in disciplines ranging from genome engineering to public health and ecology, as well as risk and policy analysis.

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Scientists discover way to stop malaria parasite in its tracks

Sydney Morning Herald Bridie Smith July 17, 2014

The global race to develop the next generation of malaria drugs has been given a boost after Australian scientists discovered how to starve the malaria parasite of nutrients, effectively killing it before it takes hold.
The breakthrough, published in Nature on Thursday, comes at a time when the parasite has developed a resistance to anti-malarial drugs, with researchers and health care workers growing increasingly desperate for replacement treatments.

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Control strategy for Dengue, malaria increases risk of West Nile virus

(Penn State 10 July 2014) Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers.

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First dengue vaccine ‘shows promise’

BBC News Smitha Mundasad 11 July 0214

A vaccine against dengue fever could protect more than half the children who are given it, a trial suggests.

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Malaria parasite ‘hides in the bone’

BBC News Helen Brigs 9 July 2014

Parasites infected with malaria can hide inside bone marrow and evade the body’s defences, research confirms.  The research, published in Science Translational Medicine, fills a “key knowledge gap” in the biology of the disease, say scientists at Harvard.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

The new CKN has been designed for more modern web browsers, giving you better access to journals and other resources.  It is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox which is provided on all Qld Health computers.  Please don’t use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

If you have old CKN links saved in your web browser bookmarks or favourites you will need to update them. Your old saved links will no longer work.

To access the new CKN from home or off-site, you will need to re-register.

Click here to re-register for CKN access

Torres spraying mission to tackle disease-spreading mosquitoes

ABC News July 3, 2014

The state and federal governments will spend $4 million trying to eradicate two disease-spreading mosquito species from the Torres Strait.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito transmits dengue fever and the Asian Tiger mosquito can also infect people with chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis.  Continue reading…