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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,…

Officials Worry About Dengue Fever Risk During Brazil World Cup

New York Times: With World Cup in Brazil, Risk of Spreading a Virus “Public health authorities are worried about a confluence of events set to happen soon: Brazil is suffering the world’s worst epidemic of dengue fever, with 1.4 million cases last year. And the country is about to play…

Early Warning System Warns Of Dengue Risk In Brazil During World Cup

Reuters: Scientists warn of dengue fever risk during Brazil’s World Cup “The risk of an outbreak of dengue fever during the upcoming soccer World Cup in Brazil is serious enough to warrant a high alert in three of the 12 host cities, according to an early warning system for the…

Researchers Search For Ways To Combat Dengue Fever

Deutsche Welle: Fighting Dengue Fever “An infectious and often fatal disease is spreading — dengue fever. It is caused by a virus transmitted by certain species of mosquito. So far there is no effective vaccine against the disease. Researchers at the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg are…

‘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…

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…

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…