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) .

Ross River virus cases hit 20-year high in Queensland, health officials urge precaution against mosquitoes

ABC News | March 31, 2015

The number of Ross River virus cases in Queensland has hit a 20-year high.

Queensland Health said more than 3,500 people have contracted the mosquito-borne disease since January.  Continue reading…

Related Story: Ross River virus outbreak in south-east Queensland confirmed

Researchers master gene editing technique in mosquito that transmits deadly diseases

(Rockefeller University 26 March 2015) Rockefeller University researchers have successfully harnessed a technique, CRISPR-Cas9 editing, to use in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

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Malaria vaccine breakthrough by Melbourne researchers

ABC News | March 18, 2015 | Samantha Donovan

A vaccine for malaria is a step closer to reality after Melbourne researchers made a significant discovery about how the human body’s immune system fights the infection.  Continue reading…

Queensland’s worst Ross River virus outbreak in almost 20 years hits Brisbane

Courier Mail Damon Guppy 14 March 2015

INNER-city Brisbane is the hot spot of Queensland’s worst Ross River virus outbreak in almost 20 years. Authorities are virtually powerless to stop the spread of the disease, which was sparked by swarms of mosquitoes flushed out by storms and king tides at the start of the year.  Since January 1, the virus has struck down more than 2835 people – about 500 more than the entire tally last year.

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Ross River outbreak fears become reality

SBS News AAP 12 Mar 2015

The nightmare of a Ross River epidemic on the Gold Coast is becoming a reality, with the number of cases so far this year 27 times the four-year average.
The latest Gold Coast Health figures show there have been 242 confirmed cases of the debilitating fever between January 1 and March 1.
That’s compared to the nine or so averaged in the same period between 2010 and 2014.
Across Queensland, 2050 people have already been struck down by the mosquito-borne illness this year, again far outnumbering the 2010-14 average of just 282 cases.

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Ross River vaccine ‘not viable’

Courier Mail Damon Guppy 12 March 2015

A VACCINE for Ross River virus has been developed but it is not considered financially viable to manufacture, despite Queensland recording its worst epidemic.

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Dengue fever cases rise in north Queensland

Brisbane Times | March 10, 2015

The number of cases of mosquito-borne dengue fever in Queensland’s tropical north has risen to 50.  Queensland Health says 14 people have been infected in Cairns and 36 in Tully, Innisfail and El Arish this wet season.

Public Health Physician Dr Steven Donohue reminded those in the far north to remain vigilant and check their homes for any potential dengue mosquito breeding grounds.  Continue reading…