ABC News Jemima Garrett for Pacific Beat 5 December, 2013
A new initiative has been launched to make Papua New Guinea malaria-free by 2050.
PNG is among the nations most severely affected by malaria and in particular, the provinces of New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville, Gulf, Manus and Milne Bay have been experiencing extreme rates of infection.
Steve Knowles, the director of the initiative, told Pacific Beat the PNG Industry Malaria Initiative (PIMI) is the first time private companies have come together to address malaria.
news.com.au 3 December 2013
THE State Government will allow councils to shoot flying foxes in suburbs, prompting a scientist to label the move ignorant and potentially dangerous.
Previously only farmers had been allowed lethal mitigation permits.
BBC News 28 November 2013
A Lancashire woman has died after contracting malaria on holiday in the west African country of The Gambia.
EurekAlert 14 November 2013
As dengue fever continues to spread from Key West north into the Florida mainland, it remains a mystery as to why this dangerous mosquito-borne illness is not yet common around Tucson, Arizona—even though outbreaks routinely occur in nearby Mexico and mosquitoes that can carry dengue are now common in the state, according to a new research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).
BBC News Rebecca Morelle 19 November 2013
Bats harbour more deadly viruses than was previously thought, scientists say.
Researchers have found that henipaviruses, which spread to other animals and humans, and a disease that is similar to rabies are widespread in a species of fruit bat found in Africa.
ABC News Kirsty Nancarrow 19 Nov 2013
Port Douglas residents are being urged to take precautions against dengue fever after confirmation of the fifth new case in far north Queensland this month.
The other cases were identified in the Mossman area.
BBC News 5 November 2013
A 3D filming technique which captures the corkscrew motion of malaria sperm has been developed by Edinburgh University scientists.
The moving digital holograms have given new insights into how the sperm moves more freely than had been thought.
Understanding how malaria parasites mate could pave the way for improved prevention and control of the disease.
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BBC News Keeren Flora 30 October 2013
The discovery of Sars-like viruses in horseshoe bats could point to the origins of the human pathogen, researchers say. Two novel Sars-like coronaviruses were found in Chinese horseshoe bats which are closely related to the pathogen that infects humans.
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EurekAlert MArge Dwyer 29 October 2013
A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Perugia (UNIPG) researchers has shown that egg development in the mosquito species primarily responsible for spreading malaria depends on a switch in the female that is turned on by a male hormone delivered during sex. Blocking the activation of this switch could impair the ability of the species, Anopheles gambiae, to reproduce, and may be a viable future strategy for mosquito and malaria control.
The study appears online October 29, 2013 in PLoS Biology.
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