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The transport of infectious diseases in urban metros

Trains within Mumbai and its surrounding area cater to around seven million travellers a day. The transport systems of India allow for a faster route to work. They may also be considerably increasing the spread of disease. Many trains — particularly in the densely populated urban areas — hold far more passengers than their intended capacity.

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Emerging infectious diseases in India: the scourge that could boost urban development

This article has been republished under a Creative Commons license from The Conversation. The piece was authored by Olivier Telle, research scientist at CSH, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). It can be accessed here. Full credit goes to the original author and publisher. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Human societies have seen a significant decrease in mortality from infectious diseases

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Human trials for chikungunya vaccine underway

A vaccine for the chikungunya virus is entering human trials, despite the vaccine only being in phase I trials, the media are once again hailing it as a predestined success. The vaccine is being developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. Currently there are no commercial chikungunya vaccines available; Bharat Biotech hopes its vaccine will become the first offering hope

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Distribution of mosquito borne illness in India

The most prevalent mosquito-borne diseases occurring in India are malaria, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Though distributions and severity of each disease vary considerably. It is worth noting that despite high concentrations of each disease in specific regions, due to rainy seasons mosquitos are capable of spreading across the vast majority of India, with only a

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Mosquito borne illness, more than just the Zika virus

For the last year, global attention has been fixated on the mosquito-borne Zika virus. India has had a degree of panic regarding the disease, justifiably so as the strain of mosquito responsible for spreading the virus thrives in the geographical conditions present in India. Despite this the Zika virus has not yet proven to be

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