Tag: Dengue

Sanofi's Dengue Fever Vaccine Gets Green Light From FDA

FDA announces their approval of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. The mosquito-borne dengue virus infects millions of people worldwide and it is endemic in a number of United States territories.

Public Health May 3, 2019

Large Parts Of Europe Could Be At Risk From Diseases Spread By Insects

Scientists warned that climate change will bring mosquitos that carry diseases like dengue and chikungunya to Europe. The authorities should begin preparing for outbreaks of tropical diseases transmitted through insect bites.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Climate-Driven Mosquito Boom Could Spread More Disease

Canada and northern Europe might become the new breeding grounds of mosquito if the global temperature continues to rise. A new study found that climate change will place more people at risk of Zika, dengue, yellow fever, and other diseases.

Public Health March 30, 2019

Takeda Dengue Vaccine Showing Promising Results In Phase 3 Of Testing

In a press release, the company revealed that the experimental drug, TAK-003, was proven to be effective and safe. The upcoming vaccine showed immunity against four strains of dengue fever.

Medicine January 30, 2019

Immunity To Dengue Could Also Help Prevent Zika Infection

Children who have had dengue infection are less likely to be sick from Zika virus, new research found. Both diseases are spread through the bite of the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

Public Health January 23, 2019

Scientists Wipe Out Over 80 Percent Of Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes In Experiments

Australian scientists successfully wiped out more than 80 percent of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations carried out in the northeastern state of Queensland, Australia. Female mosquitoes were found unable to reproduce properly after scientists introduced sterile males to the population.

Medicine July 11, 2018

People Showing No Symptoms Of Dengue Fever Likely The Primary Source Of Infection

Researchers used a mathematical equation to compute the degree by which asymptomatic people contributed to the transmission of the dengue virus. It was previously assumed that people with no symptoms had little impact on the spread of the disease.

Public Health May 5, 2018

Dengue Vaccine Should Only Be Used On People Who’ve Had Dengue Before, Says World Health Organization

The World Health Organization warns not to get a Dengvaxia shot if you haven’t previously contracted dengue, as it could be dangerous. Doing so puts you at risk of developing a more serious disease.

Public Health April 20, 2018

Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR Used To Detect Infections Such As Dengue, Zika Virus, HPV

New diagnostic tools have been developed using the CRISPR gene editing tool. A bunch of researchers were able to come up with new CRISPR variants that can diagnose certain diseases, detect viruses, and even record a cell’s exposure to chemicals.

Public Health February 16, 2018

Millions Of Mosquitoes Released In Miami: Here's Why This Is A Good Thing

Millions of mosquitoes were released in South Miami's Brewers Park. The mosquitoes, however, are special, as they are bred in a laboratory to carry the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria, which will help control the insect's population.

Public Health February 9, 2018

The Philippines Allegedly Ignored Expert Advice Before Rolling Out Controversial Dengue Vaccine Program

The Department of Health of the Philippines allegedly ignored experts' recommendations on the rollout of the controversial Dengvaxia immunization program. Instead of the vaccine protecting children against the dengue virus, the recipients now carry greater risk.

Public Health December 11, 2017

Dengvaxia: Philippines Probes Immunization Program Involving Sanofi's Dengue Vaccine That May Pose Health Risks

Earlier recommendations greenlighted administration of Sanofi's Dengvaxia in healthy individuals to prevent dengue fever. Findings of a new long-term study, however, found the dengue vaccine could pose risk to certain individuals.

Medicine December 4, 2017

EPA Approves Release Of Lab-Grown Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light to release lab-grown mosquitoes in some selected places in the United States. The insects will be infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which will aid in containing diseases such as Zika and dengue.

Public Health November 10, 2017

Verily Releases Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue: Is Wolbachia Technique Safe For Humans?

Up to 20 million mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria will be released in California to fight zika, dengue and chikungunya. Does this technique pose safety risk to humans and other species?

Public Health July 17, 2017

Zika-Like Yellow Fever Raises Concern Despite Availability Of Vaccine: Here's Why

U.S. health officials have warned that advancement of Zika-like yellow fever in Brazil could pose another mosquito-borne health threat to the United States. They urged for closer monitoring of the outbreak, which is moving from less populated areas to cities.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Clinical Trial To Test Mosquito Saliva Vaccine For Malaria, Zika And Dengue Viruses

A Phase 1 clinical trial of an experimental vaccine designed to provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue will involve up to 60 adult participants. How does this AGS-v vaccine work?

Medicine February 22, 2017

Mosquitoes Can Now Be Genetically Altered To Resist Dengue Virus

Mosquito-borne diseases affect millions worldwide, prompting researchers to find a solution or cure. Recent studies reveal, however, that genetically engineering mosquitoes could prevent the spread and limit the risks of the dengue virus.

Medicine January 21, 2017

Mosquito Saliva Found Effective At Keeping Dengue Virus At Bay

Mosquito saliva could offer protection against Dengue virus, reports a recent study. It is found that the protein D7 present in the mosquito spit inhibits the transmission of virus into the host.

Public Health September 22, 2016

Chicken Odor May Be Used In Insect Repellents To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Malaria, Zika

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are repelled by the odor of chickens. The discovery could pave way for new insect repellents that can help in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

Public Health July 22, 2016

Mosquito Saliva Can Help Spread Zika Virus, Other Viral Infections

Mosquito saliva can help spread mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and Zika, according to two new studies. Mosquito saliva tricks the immune cells into spreading any kind of virus throughout the body.

Public Health June 22, 2016

New Trading Cards Allow You to Swap Viruses The Safe Way

Trading cards may be a thing of the past but a molecular biologist created her own deck of cards that allows users to swap viruses harmlessly. Each card contains important details about the virus.

Life April 17, 2016

Discarded GlaxoSmithKline Drug Fights Two Disease-Causing Viruses In Lab

GlaxoSmithKline discarded GSK983 drug due to its side effects in clinical trials. Lab tests, however, suggest a strategy so this abandoned drug can be used to fight disease-causing viruses such as those that cause Zika, dengue and ebola.

Life March 29, 2016

3-In-1 Test For Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Gets Emergency FDA Approval

A new three-in-one diagnostic test for Zika, chikungunya and dengue has been granted emergency approval by the FDA. The new test kits will be distributed to qualified labs across the United States.

Life March 19, 2016

Study Finds Experimental Dengue Virus Vaccine Is 100 Percent Effective

Researchers injected participants with an experimental vaccine for the dengue virus, finding that it was 100 percent effective.

Life March 16, 2016

Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Pose Threats Beyond Zika Virus

The fight against Zika virus continues, but experts warn that Zika is just one of the many diseases transmitted by mosquitoes around the world at an increasing rate. These continent-jumping diseases continue to threaten populations around the world.

Life March 14, 2016

Spraying To Eliminate Mosquitoes May Not Stop Spread Of Zika Virus: WHO

WHO Assistant Director-General Marie-Paule Kieny said using traditional methods to eliminate mosquitoes has had no impact in fighting off dengue. The same issues might apply to Zika virus, she said.

Life March 10, 2016

Hawaii Island Declares State Of Emergency Over Outbreak Of Mosquito-Borne Dengue Fever

Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the region. The outbreak is the largest since the 1940s, health officials said.

Life February 10, 2016

Australian Dengue Experts May Have The Solution To Zika Epidemic

Wolbachia, a commonly occurring bacterial species, is injected into mosquitoes to prevent them from being infected with dengue virus. It is currently promoted by a team of Australian researchers to also potentially combat the Zika infection striking parts of the world.

Life February 6, 2016

Sanofi Kicks Off Search For Zika Virus Vaccine

Sanofi Pasteur said it has launched a vaccine research and development project for Zika virus. This is considered the first considerable commitment from a major vaccine firm to fight the disease already declared an international emergency by WHO.

Life February 2, 2016

NIAID Dengue Vaccine To Be Tested In 17,000 Volunteers In Brazil

Researchers launched a large-scale clinical trial participated by 17,000 individuals to test a dengue vaccine. The Phase 3 trial will be conducted in Brazil, which saw more than 1.5 million dengue cases in 2015 alone.

Life January 16, 2016

Hawaii Sees Spike In Dengue Fever Cases Over The Holidays

Cases of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, continue to increase Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) reported a total of 181 confirmed cases of dengue fever including one new case reported on Christmas Eve.

Life December 26, 2015

Climate Change, Globalization Spur Worldwide Spread Of Dengue Fever: Symptoms, Prevention And Treatment Of This Mosquito-Borne Disease

According to the World Health Organization, dengue fever has now become a global threat. Climate change and globalization have spurred this disease to spread worldwide.

Life December 23, 2015

Mexican Health Authorities Clear Use Of Sanofi Dengue Vaccine

Mexican health officials approved the world's first dengue vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. Dengvaxia reduces hospitalization risks by 80 percent based on global clinical tests and also lowers the chances of developing dengue's most severe form by 93 percent.

Life December 10, 2015

India Faces Worst Dengue Outbreak In 20 Years As Cases Reach 12,000

India reported more than 12,000 dengue cases this year and 32 official deaths. While numbers have decreased recently, health experts still urge concerned parties to promote awareness and health education to prevent additional cases.

Life October 17, 2015

Dengue Can Strike Several Times, And The Second Infection Can Be Deadly: Here's Why

The dengue virus infections, spread by an infected mosquito bite, can be fatal the second time around. Researchers now believe that this is because of the difference of anti-genic materials among virus strains.

Life September 22, 2015

Data On Experimental Dengue Vaccine Indicate Varying Results For Different Age Groups

Latest study has found that an experimental vaccine against dengue may be more effective in older children compared to the younger ones. The researchers based their study on hospitalization rates after the third dose of the vaccine was administered.

Life July 28, 2015

Mosquito Warning: How To Avoid Mosquito Bites In The Heat Of Summer

This summer, doctors are keen to remind us about the must-knows, must-haves and must-dos in order to avoid mosquito bites and further prevent mosquito-borne diseases.

Life July 16, 2015

New Dengue Serotype Discovery Brings Vaccine Closer To Reality

Scientists discovered an antibody for the dengue virus stereotype DENV-2, almost completing the puzzle to developing an anti-dengue vaccine. The scientists are further studying the development of the vaccine which incorporates antibodies of 4 dengue stereotypes – one which requires varying levels of protection.

Life July 6, 2015

Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Dengue

Want to stop mosquitoes from biting? Researchers have discovered that it’s possible to do so by changing females into males, taking away their need to bite and draw blood.

Life May 25, 2015

GMO Mosquitoes in the Florida Keys: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Plan to combat disease-carrying mosquitoes in the Florida Keys by releasing genetically modified insects has residents, scientists at odds. Petition against the use of GMO mosquitoes has attracted 130,000 signatures.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 29, 2015

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes May Be Released in Florida Keys: Don't Panic...That's Good News

In a bid to curb the spread of dengue and chikungunya, scientists propose releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida Keys to reduce the number of bugs that can potentially spread the diseases.

Life January 26, 2015

Scientists Study Mosquito Egg Production to Develop Method of Mosquito Population Control

Mosquitoes could be controlled by interfering with a single type of molecule, new research reveals.

January 21, 2015

Dengue Fever Made More Likely by Climate Change

Dengue fever could spread to areas of the world in which it can not currently thrive, thanks to global warming.

Life December 23, 2014

World's first dengue vaccine might be available in 2015

French drugmaker Sanofi announces that it will bring the world's first dengue vaccine by the second half of 2015. Clinical trials of the vaccine have already been completed and the vaccine is also under production.

Life November 6, 2014

Mosquitoes are the new (ironic) dengue-fighters in Brazil

Researchers in Brazil have found a way to turn mosquitoes, the carrier of dengue, into transmitters of the cure for dengue. The first batch of mosquitoes has been released in Rio de Janeiro.

Life September 26, 2014

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