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 vaccine gets go-ahead from European regulators

ABC News 25 July 2015

The world’s first malaria vaccine is given the green light from European drugs regulators who recommend it should be licensed for use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.

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Viruses that spread from animals to humans are on the rise

ABC News |  ABC Rural Marty McCarthy 21 July 2015

The Ebola virus under a microscope. On August 8 the World Health Organisation declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be a public health emergency of international concern

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Two more patients tested for dengue after shock outbreak

Townsville Bulletin 8 July 2015

THE Townsville Hospital is awaiting results for two patients who have been tested for dengue fever after a shock outbreak of the debilitating virus was declared last week.

Health and environment authorities scrambled during the weekend to contain the outbreak after the first locally acquired case in more than a year was detected on Friday.

A Hermit Park resident tested positive for dengue but the Townsville Hospital public health unit told the Bulletin yesterday no additional cases had yet been detected.

Study explains how dengue virus adapts as it travels, increasing chances for outbreaks

(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 6 July 2015) A researcher from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is an integral member of a collaborative group that is the first to explain the mechanisms that the Dengue virus has developed to optimize its ability to cause outbreaks as it travels across the globe to new places and revisits old ones.

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NIH-funded vaccine for West Nile Virus enters human clinical trials

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 6 July 2015) A clinical trial of a new investigational vaccine designed to protect against West Nile Virus infection will be sponsored by the NIAID. The experimental vaccine was discovered and developed by scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The scientists were funded with a $7.2 million grant from NIAID, awarded in 2009. The new vaccine is being tested in a Phase 1 clinical trial at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Dengue fever outbreak

Townsville Bulletin Rachel Riley 4 July 2015

AUTHORITIES are scrambling to contain an outbreak of dengue fever after the first locally acquired case in more than a year was detected.  Townsville Hospital and Health Service’s reference laboratory in Brisbane confirmed a Hermit Park resident tested positive for dengue yesterday afternoon, signalling the beginning of a surprise midyear outbreak.

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What’s in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus risk

EurekAlert 1 July 2015

A new study looks at how leaf litter in water influences the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife.

The study found that different species of leaf litter in standing water influence where Culex pipiens mosquitoes deposit their eggs, how quickly the larvae grow, how big they get and whether they survive to adulthood. Because the mosquitoes feed on bacteria that grow on leaf litter, the team also measured how native and non-native leaf species influenced bacterial abundance and diversity.

The study is reported in the journal Parasites and Vectors.

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