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Fiji Health Department Taking Steps To Address Dengue Fever Outbreak

ABC News Australia: 11 people confirmed dead, 10,000 infected in Fiji dengue fever outbreak “Fiji’s Health Department has confirmed 11 people have died and over 10,000 others have been infected during an outbreak of dengue fever. The department’s launched a major campaign to get rid of possible breeding areas for…

Dengue ‘Hot Spots’ In Fiji Increase

The Fiji Times reports on a dengue fever outbreak in the country. The Fiji Times: Dengue hot spots increase “People living in the Western Division [of Fiji] are being urged to take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus because cases are now being…

Sanofi Reports Promising Clinical Trial Results Of Dengue Vaccine

New York Times: Results Are Promising in Clinical Trial of Dengue Fever Vaccine “The French pharmaceutical company Sanofi said on Monday that its experimental vaccine for dengue fever had succeeded in its first late-stage clinical trial. The results could help pave the way for the introduction of the first vaccine…

‘Gates Notes’ Blog Examines Impact Of Mosquitoes On Human Health

“…Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do. Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year. Mosquitoes kill 50,000 times as many people, but if there’s a TV…

Discovery Of Antibodies Effective Against All Dengue Strains Holds Vaccine Promise, Study Says

Bloomberg News: Mosquito-Borne Dengue Targeted by Antibody With Hope for Vaccine “Scientists have discovered new antibodies that neutralize viruses that cause dengue, potentially putting a universal vaccine within reach for a mosquito-borne illness that strikes an estimated 400 million people a year. The antibodies are effective against all four dengue…

Smartphone Technology Helps Track Dengue Cases In Pakistan

Huffington Post: How Cellphones Helped to Dramatically Reduce New Cases of Dengue Fever in Pakistan Ravi Kumar, digital strategist at World Bank Group “…According to Logged On, Smart Government Solutions from South Asia, a report by the World Bank, the [Pakistan] government … came to the decision to use smartphones…

Prevention Of Dengue Could Be A Reality, Trials Show

New England Journal of Medicine: Preventing Dengue — Is the Possibility Now a Reality? Stephen Thomas of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research “Dengue is a mosquito-borne flaviviral illness that is endemic in the tropics and subtropics. … Although mortality is relatively lower than that for other tropical infectious…

U.S. Military Considers Resurrecting Dengue Fever Research Program

News outlets report on the possibility that the Walter Reed Army Institute will revive a dengue research program and the ethical issues surrounding the program. VOA News: Dengue Fever Epidemic Neglected Amid Ebola Scare “Scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are considering resurrecting a research program that would…

Delhi Faces Annual Outbreaks Of Dengue, Chikungunya During Monsoon Season

Associated Press: In annual ritual, Delhi struggles with dengue, chikungunya “…The cycle of illness and packed hospital ‘fever clinics’ plays out every year as monsoon rains fill puddles and open drains in the teeming city, creating swarms of mosquitoes that thrive in the warm, damp weather. Some years it’s mainly…