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  • Global Warming may Limit Dengue Fever Spread

    Dengue virus makes mosquitoes more sensitive to warmer temperatures, stated new research led by Penn State researchers. The team also found that infection with the bacterium Wolbachia, which has recently been used to control viral infections in mosquitoes, also increases the thermal sensitivity of the insects. The findings suggest that global warming could limit the spread of dengue fever but could also limit the effectiveness of Wolbachia as a biological control agent. "Dengue fever, ...

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  • Global Chikungunya Vaccine Phase II/III Trial Starts in Costa Rica

    The first participant received Bharat Biotech International Ltd's (BBIL) Chikungunya vaccine candidate (BBV87) in a Phase II/III clinical trial in Costa Rica. IVI is advancing clinical development of BBV87 through a Phase II/III randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a 2-dose regimen of BBV87 Chikungunya vaccine in healthy adults at 9 clinical trial sites across 5 countries with endemic Chikungunya. In addition to the trial at Clinica San Agustin in Costa ...

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  • Can Covid Together With Dengue and Malaria Be Treated?

    Hospitals in India witnessed a spike in Covid co-infections, such as dengue and malaria, which could be dangerous and can even be fatal. However, health experts say that it is treatable when given timely intervention. Dengue or malaria are vector-borne diseases spread through mosquito bites and they rise during the monsoon season. Covid, on the other hand, is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmitted mainly by droplets produced as a result of coughing or sneezing of an infected person. "We ...

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  • Drones to Curb Malaria, Dengue

    A drone to curb the spread of monsoon-related diseases like malaria and dengue has been deployed by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The sanitation drive came after the city reported a huge spurt in dengue cases, up from just 10 in August last year to 130-plus in the same month this year, mostly from the BMC B, F/South and H/West wards. Similarly, the country's commercial capital has witnessed around 3,000 cases of malaria, over 275 of gastroenteritis, more than 35 ...

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  • Dengue Fear Grips Madhya Pradesh

    Dengue is posing a new threat to the people of Madhya Pradesh. As the number of dengue patients surge, the state government is worried about the people infected with the viral infection. The BJP government in the state will launch "Dengue se Jung Janata Ke Sang" campaign on Wednesday to spread awareness among the people in the fight against dengue. The number of dengue patients have risen in the last few days. The state government has advised the public not to allow stagnant water at any place for more than a week....

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  • Dengue DENV 2 Variant can Create a Havoc

    Healthcare experts find another challenge in the form of the new dengue variant which is pervading faster in more than eleven states of India, now. As the dengue outbreak in India was believed to be in control, the new dengue DENV 2 variant has made several people severely ill (high fever), in many parts of the country already. Out of all the variants, the dengue DENV 2 is found to be the most lethal that can potentially cause devastating internal bleeds in patients. This strain is most virulent ...

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  • Delhi Records First Dengue Death in 2021

    In Delhi, the first death due to dengue in 2021 has been reported. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) report says that total 720 dengue cases have been reported so far this year. October has seen a sudden spike in dengue cases as a total of 382 cases have been reported in the month till October 16. As per the report, total 142 cases of malaria and 69 cases of chikunguniya have also been reported so far this year. However, no death has been reported from malaria and chikungunya yet, the report added....

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  • Scientists Develop Anti-viral Drug to Treat Dengue

    Permission has been received from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct human testing of the new antiviral drug for treating dengue. Trials will be conducted in 20 cities across the country. Derived from plants, AQCH, is anti-viral in nature. It was tested successfully in labs and on mice. Trials will be conducted at one medical college in Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Belgaum, Chennai, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Visakahapatnam, Cuttack, Khurda and Nathdwara....

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  • How to Deal With Dengue During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

    bHighlights:/b ul class="group-list punch-points" li Both dengue and COVID-19 are viral illnesses and have some common symptoms like high fever, body ache, fatigue and headache/li liRashes, swollen lymph glands, and vomiting are exclusive to dengue while coronavirus can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, and diarrhea/li liIt is imperative to distinguish between the two infections so that the appropriate medical care can be given/li/ul Dengue, a mosquito-borne ...

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  • Combination of Chikungunya and Zika Virus Linked to Stroke

    Combination of two deadly mosquito-borne viruses may trigger a stroke, according to a new research study. The study is published in the iThe Lancet Neurology./i Researchers from the University of Liverpool and Brazilian collaborators have been investigating the connection between infection with viruses such as Zika and chikungunya and neurological disease. Zika virus and chikungunya virus mostly circulate in the tropics. They result in large outbreaks of fever and rashes in places like India and Brazil....

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  • Delhi Registers 489 Dengue Cases So Far This Year

    Delhi has registered only 489 dengue cases so far this year with no deaths from the mosquito-borne tropical disease. Sharing the figure, the Delhi government on Saturday said this was a drastic difference compared to 2015 when 15,867 cases and 60 deaths were recorded. Congratulating the people of Delhi for their participation in this campaign which has resulted in zero deaths due to dengue, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to all the citizens to join this campaign this Sunday....

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  • Laos Dengue Cases Reach 7,928

    In Lagos, the dengue cases have reached 7,928 since January, along with 12 deaths, the Ministry of Health said. According to a report from Center of Information and Education for Health under Lao Ministry of Health on Thursday, the highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao's capital Vientiane at 1,823. A total of 921 cases was reported in Bolikhamxay province, while 740 cases were reported in Bokeo province, and 709 cases were reported in Savannakhet province, Xinhua reported....

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  • Laos Dengue Cases Reach 7,928

    In Laos, the dengue cases have reached 7,928 since January, along with 12 deaths, the Ministry of Health said. According to a report from Center of Information and Education for Health under Lao Ministry of Health on Thursday, the highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao's capital Vientiane at 1,823. The 12 deaths included four in Lao capital Vientiane, two in Bolikhamxay and Khammuan, and one each in Xayaboury, Xieng Khuang, Savannakhet, and Phongsaly. Lao health ...

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  • Antibody That Blocks Dengue Virus Discovered

    An antibody that blocks the spread within the body of the dengue virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen that infects between 50 and 100 million people a year has been discovered by a team of researchers led by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan. The virus causes what is known as dengue fever, symptoms of which include fever, vomiting and muscle aches, and can lead to more serious illnesses, and even death. "Protein structures determined at the APS have played ...

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  • Dengue Risk Linked to Tap Water Access

    Researchers report that tap water access in densely populated neighborhoods of Delhi, India, is a strong predictor of the risk of contracting dengue. Dengue virus is a mosquito-borne virus that has fast adapted to urban environments, making it the most widespread arbovirus. Around 3.5 billion people are at risk of contracting the virus. The country is in dire need of new strategies to target dengue hotspots and control the virus's spread, even though previous attempts, such as using insecticides ...

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  • Link Between Dengue and COVID-19

    People who had dengue in the past are twice as likely to develop COVID-19 symptoms, stated a new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The findings of the study were based on an analysis of blood samples from 1,285 inhabitants of Mancio Lima, a small town in the state of Acre, part of Brazil's Amazon region. The principal investigator was Marcelo Urbano Ferreira, a professor at the University of Sao Paulo's Biomedical Sciences Institute (ICB-USP) in Brazil. The study was supported by FAPESP....

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  • New Dengue Related Biological Markers Discovered

    Dengue is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease affecting humans globally. In 2019, the World Health Organization identified dengue as one of the top 10 threats to global health, with transmission occurring in 129 countries and an estimated 3.9 billion people being at risk. Biomarkers are naturally occurring molecules or genes in the vascular, inflammatory or other biological pathways that help to identify the state or risk of a disease in patients. The findings reported in a study published ...

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  • Is Dengue Vaccine Effective Against the Disease?

    Unless a dengue vaccine protects against all four different virus types, or serotypes, developing a viable vaccine against dengue virus is difficult. The University of North Carolina health care investigated samples from children enrolled in a dengue vaccine trial to identify the specific kinds of antibody responses that correlate with protection against dengue virus disease to overcome this difficulty. The published study in the iJournal of Clinical Investigation/i discovers that ba small ...

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  • Dengue Cases on Rise in Chennai

    In Chennai, dengue cases are on the rise. The number of cases reported in the city in the last few days has increased to 105 with Kodambakkam and Teynampet areas reporting the majority of them. Kodambakkam reported 18 cases, while Teynampet had 17 in the past three days. Meanwhile, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) officials have called upon the residents to remove the stagnant water from the residential colonies as well as terraces of their houses to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes....

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  • Dengue in India: Cases Rise Every 2 Years

    In India, dengue cases have seen a steep rise in every second year based on the available resources from the last 5 years. Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Bharti Pravin Pawar, said in the Rajya Sabha that based on the data available for the past 5 years, it has been seen that the number of cases was higher in 2017 (1,88,401), 2019 (2,05,243), and 2021 (1,77,695), as compared to 2016 (1,29,166), 2018 (1,24,493), and 2020 (44,585). Pawar was replying to a question ...

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