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  • Nearly 61 Dengue Cases Reported From Lucknow in Just 4 Days

    In the past four days, nearly 61 denguecases have been reported in Lucknow. According to a report by the health department, the cases were reported from Saturday to Wednesday and have taken the tally to 811 since January in the city. The number is the highest for any city in Uttar Pradesh.Joint director, vector-borne diseases, Vikas Singhal, said that more than 4,000 dengue cases had been reported in the state since January.Of these, the maximum is from Lucknow, followed by Kanpur (700) and Allahabad (325)....

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  • Increase in Dengue Cases, UP

    Lucknow, Nov 15 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh has been witnessing a rise in the number of dengue cases in this season. According to official records, 7,598 people have been afflicted with the vector-borne disease, while 13 deaths have been reported in this season.The state health department claims that six dengue patients have died in Lucknow, three in Kanpur, two in Barabanki and one each in Unnao and Hardoi.Sources , however, claim that the death toll due to dengue is much higher.Medical ...

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  • Sustainable Way to Block the Transmission of Dengue Virus

    New effective and environmentally sustainable way to block the transmission of mosquito-borne dengue virus is reported in trials carried out in Malaysia.The breakthrough has major implications for countries with hot climates such as island nations in the South Pacific to Saudi Arabia, Africa and South America, all of which experience dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya.Using a strain of the bacteria Wolbachia, which inhibit mosquitoes from transmitting viruses to humans, researchers ...

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  • New Ultra-sensitive Test for Dengue Virus Created

    Structurally designed DNA star was found to create a ultra-sensitive test for the dengue virus, said researchers. Published today in Nature Chemistry, this detection technique could be expanded to other viruses and adapted to kill the viruses it snares."This is more sensitive than any other way of detecting Dengue, beating the clinical test by more than 100 fold," said Xing Wang, the corresponding author of the study, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of the Center for Biotechnology ...

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  • Plant Based Compound Improves Response to Dengue Vaccine: Study

    Plant-based compound called halofuginone improves the immune response to a potential vaccine against dengue virus, according to study published in iScience Signaling/i by researchers at the University of Hyderabad in India and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.Halofuginone tricks the body into thinking it is starving for amino acids, which activates a pathway that results in more, and better, antibodies that are better at neutralizing the virus.The compound could ...

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  • Dengue Outbreak Kills 27, Infects 44,000 People in Bengal

    Bengal is now facing an outbreak of dengue (a deadly mosquito-borne disease) which killed 27 people and infected nearly 44,000 cases.At least 27 people have died, and around 44,000 people afflicted with dengue in West Bengal this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told the state Assembly on Tuesday.She, however, claimed that the number of dengue-related deaths have gone down this year."Last year, 86 people had died of the disease. This year the number of deaths have come down to 27....

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  • Stop Dengue: New Tool to Track the Global Spread of Dengue

    Newly designed tool can now predict the global spread of human infectious diseases such as dengue at their source. Hence, spotting a wide range of deadly mosquito diseases at their source could save millions of lives.A team of researchers at CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, QUT and Queensland Health has developed a new tool to predict the global spread of human infectious diseases, like dengue, and track them to their source.The tool draws on travel data from the International Air Transportation ...

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  • Bacteria to Fight Dengue Virus

    The Sri Lankan government is set to use special bacteria as part of a programme to eradicate the dengue virus, stated a Health Ministry official.Deputy Director General of the Health Ministry Paba Palihawadana said that a type of bacteria called "Wolbachia" will be released in 25 local townships in Colombo starting February 2020, reports Xinhua news agency.Households will be provided with mosquito eggs and a food capsule which must be sealed in water for two weeks, after which the mature ...

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  • Scientists Analyze People's Initial Immune Response to Dengue Fever

    Natural killer cells were found to be active shortly after dengue virus infection, saidKarolinska Institutet and Duke-NUS Medical School researchers. The findings of the study are published in Nature Communications.Researchers have come one step closer to understanding how our immune system responds to acute dengue fever, a disease that has affected hundreds of thousands of people in Southeast Asia this summer alone.Dengue virus is common in tropical and sub-tropical regions ...

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  • Sri Lanka: Dengue Kills 62, Infects Over 42000

    Across Sri Lanka in the first eight months of this year, sixty-two people have died and over 42,000 were infected by the dengue virus, stated health officials.The Epidemiology Unit said it had identified five high risk districts including Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara and Ratnapura.Medical experts have urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they suffer from high fever, uncontrolled vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and reduced urinary."All fever patients need ...

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  • Chikungunya Virus Causes Chronic Joint Pain: Here's How

    bHighlights:/bul class="group-list punch-points"liChikungunya virus infection causes severe chronicjoint pain that lasts for months to years/liliA newly developed reporter system can detect andisolate cells harboring viral RNA long after the initial infection/liliThis could lead to the development of noveltherapies for controlling the chronic, painful, inflammatory condition/li/ulChikungunya iscaused by the chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and is characterized ...

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  • Dengue Outbreak in Bangladesh Hits the 80,000 Mark

    Nearly 9,470 cases of dengue were reported in Bangladesh, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of dengue since January to over 80,000.The figures, reported by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the Ministry of Health on Saturday, showed that a total of 77,368 dengue patients returned home after receiving treatment from various hospitals across the country from January 1 to September 15 this year. A total of 527 fresh dengue cases including 156 in Dhaka were reported in the 24 hours till 8....

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  • Dengue Death Toll Ups to 68 in Bangladesh

    In Bangladesh, the government has confirmed dengue death tolls to 68 since January, reported the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).According to the latest figure reported by the DGHS under the Ministry of Health, the deaths included two in April, six in June, 32 in July and 28 in August, Xinhua news agency reported.A total of 653 fresh dengue cases, including 193 in Dhaka were reported in the 24 hours till 8 a.m. (local time) on Monday, showed the DGHS data.It said 10,742 ...

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  • Watch Out: Anemia can Spread Deadly Dengue Virus

    bHighlights/b:ul class="group-list punch-points"liDengue virus transmission is more likely whenmosquitoes feed on the blood of infected persons who are anemic and irondeficient/liliWhen mosquitoes bite and feed on the blood of a denguevirus infected person who is rich in iron, the gut cells of the mosquitotake up the ingested iron to produce reactive oxygen. This reactive oxygenkills the dengue virus within the mosquito and prevents further transmission/liliDengue ...

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  • New Protein Essential for Chikungunya Virus Replication Identified

    FHL1 protein is a key cellular factor for the replication and pathogenesis of chikungunya has been discovered by researchers from Inserm, CNRS and Universite de Paris led by Dr. Ali Amara at the AP-HP Saint-Louis Hospital Research Institute in Paris, in collaboration with Marc Lecuit's team from Institut Pasteur, Inserm and Universite de Paris.Originally from Africa, chikungunya is aptly named. It derives from a word in the Kimakonde language, meaning "to become contorted", because the severe ...

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  • Patna: Fear of Dengue Outbreak in Waterlogged Areas

    In waterlogged Patna with 640 patients being tested positive mostly in the last four days, fear of a dengue outbreak is looming large, revealed sources. Unofficially, however, the number of dengue patients may be as high as 800.What worries health officials is the stagnant, stinking water that still remains a problem in the bposh residential localities of Rajendra Nagar, Patliputra and Gola Road following so many days of heavy rain. Many areas, however, are now free of waterlogging.Bihar Health ...

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  • Florida: 3 New Dengue Cases Confirmed

    Three new cases of locally transmitted dengue had been confirmed in the Miami-Dade County, taking the total number to eight this year, said health authorities in the US state of Florida.In a statement on Friday, Florida''s Health Department said of the three cases, two "appear to be related", reports Efe news.The authorities had confirmed five such cases last month which led to the Department to alert people on taking measures to protect themselves from the mosquitoes that transmit dengue....

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  • Dengue Outbreak Cases in UP; Principal Secretary Among Infected

    Nearly 433 people have been confirmed to be affected by dengue since January including Navneet Sehgal, principal secretary, Khadi Gram Udyog.Sehgal has been diagnosed with the vector-borne disease and is undergoing treatment at the King George's Medical University (KGMU).Chief medical superintendent, KGMU, SN Shankhawar, said, "On Thursday night, the principal secretary's health deteriorated. At the same time, his platelets were counted 10,000. For this reason, he has been admitted to the respiratory intensive care unit....

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  • Climate Change, Political Dysfunction Play Key Role in Honduras Dengue Epidemic

    Around 115,000 cases of dengue and 177 deaths from the disease were recorded in 2019 in Honduras. This is the biggest epidemic, according to Deputy Minister of Health Roberto Cosenza.Apart from the climatic change, the fertile breeding ground, political chaos, notorious criminality, lack of trained personnel are responsible for the worst dengue epidemic.Around 40 percent of the dengue deaths of Central America were reported from Honduras this year, and in 2018, only three people in Honduras ...

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  • Engineered Mosquitoes Cannot be Infected With or Transmit Any Dengue Virus: Study

    A new study has found that genetically engineered mosquitoes were resistant to multiple types of dengue virus (DENV).The findings of the study are published in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Prasad Paradkar of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, and Omar Akbari of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues. As noted by the authors, this is the first engineered approach that targets all types of DENV, which is crucial for effective disease suppression.Dengue is ...

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