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Wolbachia trials show promising results for reducing Dengue; The latest health stories from around the world

Looking at the year ahead in 2024, a strategy of releasing lab-modified mosquitoes to prevent the spread of dengue fever is poised to scale up after a series of successes. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, developed and tested by the non-profit World Mosquito Program (WMP), carry the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis, which blocks them from transmitting certain viruses and spreads …

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Gonorrhoea designated “priority pathogen” following increase in antibiotic resistance; The latest health stories from around the world

Gonorrhoea is an old affliction. The book of Leviticus mentions a contagious condition involving the continuous emission of semen and a painful erection. Only 2,500 years later, in the mid-20th century, did the discovery of antibiotics bring relief.  But not, perhaps, for long. Decades of exposure to antibiotics have led N. gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes the disease, …

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WHO expands mRNA facilities to South Africa; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday launched its mRNA vaccine technology hub in South Africa’s Cape Town, to help poorer countries struggling to gain access to life-saving medication. www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/who-officially-launches-mrna-vaccine-hub-cape-town-2023-04-20/ In 2021, the WHO picked South African biotech firm Afrigen Biologics and local vaccine-maker Biovac for a proof-of-concept pilot project to give poor and middle-income …

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Dengue fever outbreak continues to spread

Still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s already overburdened health system is now grappling with one of the worst Dengue fever outbreaks in recent years. Since the beginning of the Dengue outbreak in late August in Firozabad city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh there have been 116,991 cases nationally. According to The …

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Mosquito sterilisation to curb disease?

A number of agencies are investigating mosquito-sterilisation as a technique to curb the spread of vector-borne diseases.  The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are partnering to explore the sterile insect …

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Sexually transmitted dengue fever: A world first?

Dengue fever is already endemic throughout India’s states and union territories. Recent announcements, however, may show the disease to be even more of a threat than previously anticipated. Spanish health authorities have announced the detection of a case in which a 41-year-old man from Madrid has contracted dengue after having sex with his male partner …

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Child health: How climate change will affect it

“A child born today will experience a world that is more than four degrees warmer than the pre-industrial average, with climate change impacting human health from infancy and adolescence to adulthood and old age,” reads a report published yesterday by The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change – lending a chilling insight into the …

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Action on dengue urged in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh government has urged officials to take action to curb dengue fever in the state.  Dengue fever is considered the fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease in the world by the World Health Organization. Across India, more than 67,000 cases of the vector-borne disease — transmitted by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species of mosquito …

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A Rs 50 lakh price tag on dengue fever in Telangana

If the Telangana state government fails to control cases of dengue fever, it should be prepared to pay out Rs 50 lakh to casualties’ families per the High Court in the state.  The news came after the death of a district court magistrate M. Jayamma due to dengue shock syndrome earlier this week, which spurred …

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Dengue fever: More than 67,000 cases

India has reported more than 67,000 cases of dengue fever as of October 13th, according to data released by the Directorate of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).  Of the 67,377 total cases reported, Karnataka bore the highest burden out of the country with 12,756 cases. It also accounted for eight of India’s …

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