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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…

Researcher Discusses Work On Diseases Spread By Mosquitoes

The Guardian: Fighting insecticide resistance — podcast “Professor Hilary Ranson, from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, speaks about her work to control diseases that are spread by mosquitoes, like malaria and dengue fever…” (Scott, 2/28).

Dengue Cases High In SE Asia As Summer Season Nears

The Global Dispatch reports on the dengue fever outbreaks occurring in Southeast Asia. Global Dispatch: Dengue fever outbreak warning issued as Thailand nears summer season “After recording 153,000 dengue fever cases in 2013, the most in two decades, the Thailand Ministry of Health is sending out a warning of a…

Disease Risk High Among Displaced People In Philippines

Wall Street Journal: Disease Risk Spreads as Philippine Evacuees Linger On “…[T]housands of people [are] displaced by a bloody stand-off between Philippine government forces and a faction of the rebel Islamic group, the Moro National Liberation Front. The weeks-long battle that took place last September displaced more than 100,000 people…

Recovering From Typhoon, Philippines On Alert To Prevent Infectious Diseases

IRIN: Philippines on watch for infectious disease outbreaks “Health officials are on alert to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in areas stricken by Typhoon Haiyan. ‘During this time of year, we can expect heavy rains and stagnant water from floods to become a cause for a possible increase in…