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Brazil’s National Development Bank To Provide $136M For Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment Of Zika, Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Reuters: Brazil’s BNDES provides $136 million to fight Zika, related illnesses “Brazil’s National Development Bank will provide 500 million reais ($136.6 million) in funding to fight mosquito-borne illnesses, including the Zika virus, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday. The funds are to help bolster the prevention, diagnosis, and…

Vietnam’s Number Of Dengue-Related Deaths Up 76.5% Over Same Period Last Year

Xinhua News: Vietnam’s dengue fever deaths surge 76.5 pct in 10 months “Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam has seen some 47,000 dengue fever patients, including 30 fatalities, compared with the respective figures of 23,400 and 17 in the same period last year, the country’s General Statistics Office has…

Health Officials Raise Alarms Over Zika, Dengue Outbreaks In Brazil

Wall Street Journal: Brazil Grapples With Spread of Zika Virus and Dengue Fever “…International health officials say Brazil’s Zika outbreak is the largest so far in the world, although exact figures aren’t available because not everyone who contracts Zika obtains medical care. … Meanwhile, Brazil’s dengue outbreak has reached epidemic…

Researchers Identify Potential Link Between Dengue Exposure, Severity Of Zika Infection; Studies Provide Insight Into Possible Vaccine Strategies

The Atlantic: A Surprising Link Between Zika and Dengue “…New research shows that certain dengue antibodies can either neutralize Zika — or help it replicate. The findings, published in two separate papers on Thursday, may be a crucial step toward developing a vaccine for Zika…” (LaFrance, 6/23). Reuters: Previous exposure…

El Nino Weather Pattern May Increase Vector-Borne Diseases, Threaten Food Security

News outlets report on the threat of the El Nino weather pattern, which may increase vector-borne diseases and impact food security in Asia. Bernama: El Nino May Increase Risk Of Dengue, Malaria — Health Minister “The El Nino phenomenon, expected to hit the country from June to December this year,…

Malaria Consortium Works To Prevent Dengue’s Spread In Asia

The Guardian: Q&A: over two billion people at risk from dengue “…Malaria Consortium has been carrying out a number of projects in Asia to help reduce the burden of dengue. We spoke to Jeffrey Hii, the senior vector control specialist for Malaria Consortium in Asia, to find out more…” (8/20).

World Cup Provides Opportunities To Confront Dengue, HIV

As the World Cup soccer tournament begins in Brazil, news outlets report on how health officials are confronting health threats, including dengue and HIV. PBS NewsHour: Brazil confronts dengue fever fears amid World Cup frenzy “…500,000 people are expected to travel [to Brazil] from all over the globe to attend…

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