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Wall Street Journal Reports On Record Dengue Outbreaks Across Asia

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Fever Outbreaks Strike Asia “Though much of the world is focused on the Ebola virus, pockets of Asia are struggling with record outbreaks of a mosquito-borne infectious disease called dengue fever, which has no specific drug treatment…” (Wang, 11/14).

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…

Sanofi Says Dengue Vaccine Could Be Available Late 2015

News outlets report on the testing of an experimental dengue vaccine, which the maker says could be available next year. Reuters: Sanofi says first dengue vaccine may be available in second half of 2015 “Sanofi said on Monday that a late-stage clinical study showed that its dengue vaccine candidate met…

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…

Climate Change’s Effect On Health Systems To Be Top Issue At World Health Summit

EurActiv: Climate change rivals Ebola at World Health Summit “Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems — a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health…

Study Finds Gap Between India’s Official Dengue Statistics, Actual Disease Burden

News outlets report on the findings of a study in India that show official data on dengue underestimate the disease’s burden. The Economist: The billion-dollar disease “Just because statistics are official does not mean they can be trusted. Take India, where official reported cases of dengue fever look hopelessly inadequate.…

Scientists Launch Global Experiment To Eradicate Dengue

Wall Street Journal: A Scientist Launches Global Crusade Against Dengue Fever “Scientists hoping to eliminate dengue fever, a debilitating disease of the tropics that has made its way to parts of the U.S., are launching an extensive eradication experiment in different regions of the world…” (Taylor, 9/15).