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Zika Virus Associated With New Type Of Brain Disease

By Tim Sandle

Rates of Zika virus have been increasing in many countries, with infection primarily through mosquito bites. The disease is associated with several ill-health effects. To add to those previously reported, an association with a new autoimmune disorder has been reported.   Zika virus is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family. In most people, the […]

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Lighting Up Disease Carrying Mosquitoes

By Tim Sandle

A scientist has devised a simple technique for detecting genetic material from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples, taken from mosquitoes. To help in the battle against disease carrying mosquitoes, Dr. Robert Meagher, of Sandia National Laboratories, has devised a new method for simultaneously detecting a range of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. To […]

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Tackling Zika By Altering Mosquito Mating Patterns

By Tim Sandle

Scientists are considering attempting to influence mosquito mating patterns in a bid to slowdown the spread of Zika virus disease. The viral disease has been known of since it was discovered in Uganda in 1947. However, it is only in the past year that the disease has become one of global concern. As reported previously […]

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Be Tested in Florida

By Tim Sandle

As a consequence of the Zika virus threat, a British-based biotechnology company is to begin tests on a genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito, designed to try to stop transmission of the disease. The idea is to use a mosquito that has been genetically modified male mosquito that, when it breeds with females, produces offspring that […]

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Zika Vaccine In Development

By Tim Sandle

The Zika virus disease has been causing problems in several tropical zones, with the majority of incidents located in Brazil. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The virus is passed on through a bite from an infected mosquito, which leaves viral particles in the blood […]

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Zika Could Be Sexually Transmitted

By Tim Sandle

News has come in from the U.S. to suggest that the Zika virus could be sexually transmitted (‘horizontal transfer from a non-mosquito source’, as some scientists have inelegantly described the event). This is case based on a man who had the virus seemingly passing it onto his partner. This event is regarded as highly probable […]

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Zika On The Move

By Tim Sandle

There has been considerable coverage in the news recently about Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Unlike similar viruses with similar vectors, such as dengue, Zika is relatively under-researched. This is despite the first reported case of the virus being reported during the 1940s. One of the reasons why Zika is a prominent discussion […]

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First Vaccine for Dengue Fever

By Tim Sandle

Mexico will become the first country to take a new vaccine for Dengue fever, from early next year. The product branded Dengvaxia has been produced by the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur. Dengue fever is caused by a virus; transmitted by mosquitoes, it causes an estimated 390 million infections each year. The disease is most commonly […]

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Dengue Virus Is Evolving Rapidly

By Tim Sandle

Scientists loing at dengue fever have concluded the virus that causes the disease is capable of rapid evolution; this means finding ways to kill it is a very challenging task. Dengue virus is prevalent in around a hundred countries worldwide, and the signs are that the disease is spreading to territories. In doing so the […]

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Blood-Related Reasons Why Malaria Is Hard To Kill

By Tim Sandle

Malaria parasites can be difficult to kill, depending upon various factors. In one recent study, researchers have shown that different environments within cells affect the ability of different anti-parasitic drugs to kill the fever causing parasites. Malaria is an infectious disease of humans caused by parasitic microbes of the genus Plasmodium; it is transmitted through a […]

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