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IFRC Brings Attention To Dengue In New Report

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has published a special report on dengue, titled “Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster.” The report’s homepage states, “To end the silent suffering of individuals, families, children and communities who continue to bear the burden of…

BBC News Explores Five Diseases Spread By Mosquitoes

BBC News: Humanity’s global battle with mosquitoes “All over the world we cannot escape mosquito bites — and the diseases they carry. An epidemic of chikungunya — a viral disease carried by daytime-biting mosquitoes — is currently raging in the Caribbean. There are more than 5,900 suspected cases affecting almost…

Sanofi Expects Dengue Vaccine Clinical Trial Results In September

Reuters: Sanofi faces make-or-break verdict on big dengue vaccine bet “Sanofi expects final clinical results for its vaccine against dengue by late September, the French drugmaker’s project leader has told Reuters, and has already gambled on starting production despite some disappointing early trials data. Sanofi has invested more than one…

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…

Local Research Should Be Applied To NTD Efforts In Indonesia, Scientists Say

SciDev.net: Diseases could stymie Indonesia’s future growth “Now among the world’s twenty largest economies, Indonesia may encounter threats to its future growth owing to currently high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflicting its citizens, a journal article warns…” (Rochmyaningsih, 3/18).

Globalization Partly To Blame For 30-Fold Increase In Dengue Cases In Mexico

The Global Dispatch: Mexico says dengue has increased 30-fold in past five decades, fast-food garbage partially to blame “The incidence of dengue fever in Mexico has increased by 30-fold in the past 50 years and the increases in garbage is attributing to this increase, says one infectious disease specialist as…

Notre Dame Receives $23M From Gates For Malaria, Dengue Research

News outlets report on the $23 million award that Notre Dame received from the Gates Foundation for research on malaria and dengue fever prevention. Reuters: Gates Foundation awards Notre Dame $23 million for malaria, dengue studies “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $23 million for research being led…

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…

New Regional Research Facility For Infectious Diseases Opens In Cambodia

Xinhua: New research facility for infectious diseases in Asia unveiled in Cambodia “France’s Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Tuesday inaugurated a new facility [in Phnom Penh] for a regional research platform in Asia, focusing its research on infectious diseases in the region. …’The creation of the new facility at the…

Dengue Deaths Surge In Malaysia; Citizens Urged To Drain Stagnant Water

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Deaths Soar in Malaysia “Reeling from a severe dengue outbreak, Malaysia has launched a community-driven neighborhood cleaning program to destroy breeding sites of Aedes mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading the virus. The initiative, launched on Sunday across 110 dengue hot spots, involves citizens and local…