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Countries Look To Innovative Methods To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases

News outlets report on different ways researchers and health officials are trying to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. Bloomberg Businessweek: Mosquitoes With Lethal Genes to Help Brazil Fight Dengue “…Brazil will probably be the first nation to approve large-scale releases of male mosquitoes with a lethal gene that causes their offspring to…

Sri Lanka Turning To Weather Forecasting To Help Reduce Dengue’s Spread

Inter Press Service: Plagued By Dengue Fever, Sri Lanka Looks to the Weatherman “…Given that so many strategies have been tried and failed, experts are now suggesting that the authorities call in help from the national Meteorological Bureau as the latest weapon in the fight against the virus. Faseeha Noordeen,…

Laos Marks ASEAN Dengue Day As Country Enters Wet Season

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Laos marks ASEAN Dengue Day “Officials have gathered here in the capital [of Laos] to mark ASEAN Dengue Day and urge vigilance against the mosquito-borne disease as Laos enters its wet season on Tuesday…” (6/17).

World Cup Provides Opportunities To Confront Dengue, HIV

As the World Cup soccer tournament begins in Brazil, news outlets report on how health officials are confronting health threats, including dengue and HIV. PBS NewsHour: Brazil confronts dengue fever fears amid World Cup frenzy “…500,000 people are expected to travel [to Brazil] from all over the globe to attend…

Dengue Deaths Down In Sri Lanka, But Number Of New Cases Remains Steady

IRIN: Dengue down but not out in Sri Lanka “Better detection and care has led to a dramatic fall in the number of deaths from dengue fever in Sri Lanka over the past five years, but health experts warn there has been no corresponding decline in infection rates, highlighting the…

First Locally Acquired Dengue Case Of Season, First Indigenous Cholera Case Reported In Taiwan

Global Dispatch: Taiwan reports first ‘locally acquired’ dengue case of the summer, first indigenous cholera case “The Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising the public about removing mosquito breeding sites after health officials reported the first autochthonous case of dengue fever this summer. … Health authorities are also…

As World Cup Comes To Brazil, Health Officials Examine Risk Of Dengue Outbreak

Financial Times: Science: Brazil’s dengue risk “Football fever may be reaching a peak but public health officials in Brazil are worrying about a less metaphorical malaise. This year’s World Cup is the perfect crucible for outbreaks of dengue fever, one of humankind’s nastiest illnesses…” (Ahuja, 6/6).

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…