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) .

Dengue fever outbreaks eliminated from Townsville in mosquito bacteria trial

ABC News Allyson Horn 28 August 2015

Townsville has been free from dengue fever outbreaks for the first time in 15 years, a year after thousands of dengue-resistent mosquitos were released, researchers say.
The Monash University trial to eliminate the mosquito-borne and potentially deadly fever was launched in the north Queensland city last year.
The Eliminate Dengue project unleased 30,000 mosquitoes infected with a dengue-resistant bacteria, called Wolbachia, which is spread through the mating process.

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Save the date: New research on malaria, dengue, chik-v, Ebola, ticks, parasitic worms and more

EurekAlert 11 August 2015

The 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the largest gathering of its kind, will launch in Philadelphia with the Honorable Rajiv Shah, MD, former administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During his tenure at USAID from January 2010 to February 2015, Shah led the US Government’s response to some of the world’s most challenging global health crises, including the Haiti earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

TropMed, as the annual ASTMH meeting is colloquially known, brings together leading experts from around the world who are battling familiar and resurgent threats like malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, Ebola, Chagas disease, tick-borne diseases, and parasitic worms that each year sicken or kill hundreds of millions of people.

WHAT: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 64th Annual Meeting

WHEN: October 25 – 29, 2015 (Sunday through Thursday)

WHERE: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

ONLINE: http://www.astmh.org/Home.htm
On Twitter @astmh #TropMed15

Lyme disease: Federal MP calls for greater recognition of tick-borne illness affecting ‘thousands’

ABC News Jon Coghill 20 August 2015

A renewed call to recognise Lyme disease came from Parliament House this week, pleasing thousands of people who believe there is no adequate treatment for the tick-borne illness in Australia.
Sunshine Coast teacher Amy Kennedy, 26, returned from holiday in Thailand three years ago with flu-like symptoms, a full body rash and vomiting.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-20/federal-parliament-calls-for-lyme-disease-recognition/6710810

How a new test is revolutionising what we know about viruses in our midst

The Conversation Craig Williams & EJ Flies August 19, 2015

Mosquitoes’ role in the spread of disease make them perhaps one of the most reviled insects in the world. But it also makes them more studied than most of their brethren. Now, a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made monitoring mosquitoes both more sensitive and inexpensive.
Mosquito-borne disease remains an intractable problem both in Australia and globally. The seasonal curse of Ross River fever is well known to Australians, as is dengue, which is readily acquired when holidaying in Southeast Asia or even tropical northern Queensland.

Read more: http://theconversation.com/how-a-new-test-is-revolutionising-what-we-know-about-viruses-in-our-midst-42402

Are vaccines making viruses more dangerous?

The Conversation Dave Hawkes August 20, 2015

Despite the near-universal acceptance of the benefits of vaccination, some people still worry about risks associated with their use. Luckily, scientists are vigilant about identifying possible risks, so they can be addressed before problems emerge.
Still, people sometimes forget that science is the process by which we arrive at solutions. And they worry about incremental scientific steps that often expose weakness in these solutions.
A recent study published in the journal PLOS Biology, for instance, was presented by some media as claiming that certain vaccines make viruses more dangerous. The research showed chickens treated with its vaccine are more likely to spread a highly virulent strain of Marek’s disease virus, a condition that affects poultry.

Read more: http://theconversation.com/are-vaccines-making-viruses-more-dangerous-45424

Link to PLOS Biology article: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002198

Asian tiger mosquito found in Queensland

Brisbane Times 18 August 2015

An exotic mosquito has been detected in north Queensland during efforts to prevent the pest from getting under the skins of barbecue-loving Aussies.

The adult Asian tiger mosquito was collected in a routine monitoring trap at Cairns Port late last week and is believed to have arrived on an international vessel.

The detection is significant given the insect threatens to spread deadly diseases and could endanger the outdoor barbecue if it invades mainland Australia.

Mosquito researcher Nigel Beebe said the discovery had come at a time when the dreaded mozzie was making a “world domination” move.

Q fever: CSL records almost 10pc rise in demand for vaccine after Landline investigation

ABC News Prue Adams 13 August 2015

Vaccine manufacturer CSL in Melbourne has recorded an almost 10 per cent increase in demand for the Q fever vaccine following last month’s ABC Landline investigation into the disease.
Q fever is an airborne disease passed from animals to humans and is found in all parts of the world, but Australia is the only country that has a vaccine.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-13/csl-records-almost-10pc-rise-in-demand-for-q-fever-vaccine/6695636