Vector-Borne Illness

Tick-Caused Meat Allergy on the Rise in the United States

Tick-Caused Meat Allergy on the Rise in the United States

Red meat allergy caused by a bite from the lone star tick appears to be on the rise in the United States.

Vivax Malaria Relapses Predominantly Delayed by Chloroquine, Prevented by Primaquine

Vivax Malaria Relapses Predominantly Delayed by Chloroquine, Prevented by Primaquine

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The benefits of using slowly eliminated chloroquine vs rapidly eliminated arsenuate anti-malarials were assessed in a 3-way randomized comparison trial.

Lyme Neuroborreliosis: Long-Term Survival and Health Outcomes

Lyme Neuroborreliosis: Long-Term Survival and Health Outcomes

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Lyme neuroborreliosis diagnosis had no substantial effect on long-term survival, health, or educational/social functioning yet may be associated with an increased risk of hematologic and nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Malaria Therapy During Pregnancy Needs a Translational Booster

Malaria Therapy During Pregnancy Needs a Translational Booster

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First trimester treatment for malaria could change with the results of 1 of the most robust meta-analyses to date that compared artemisinin-based therapy vs quinine.

Case Study: Middle-Aged Man With a Syncopal Episode

Case Study: Middle-Aged Man With a Syncopal Episode

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A middle-aged man presents to the emergency department with a complete heart block, dizziness, fatigue and a recent syncopal episode after camping.

Major Advances on Horizon for Tick-Borne Disease Testing

Major Advances on Horizon for Tick-Borne Disease Testing

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Prompt diagnosis of tick-borne diseases is essential but testing methods have been imprecise. Learn about some recent testing advances for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Fractional Yellow Fever Vaccine Dose Stimulated Effective Immune Response

Fractional Yellow Fever Vaccine Dose Stimulated Effective Immune Response

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The use of fractional doses of yellow fever vaccine could reduce the amount of yellow fever vaccine for reactive campaigns and provide flexibility in management of global stockpile of yellow fever vaccine when outbreaks occur.

FDA Approves Blood Screens for Tickborne Parasite

FDA Approves Blood Screens for Tickborne Parasite

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Babesia parasites are transmitted by common deer ticks, with approximately 1000 to 2000 cases reported each year primarily in Northeastern and Midwestern states.

A New Generation of Challenges for the Traditional Yellow Fever Vaccine

A New Generation of Challenges for the Traditional Yellow Fever Vaccine

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There is no cure or even effective antiviral therapy for yellow fever. Vaccination remains the sole route for preventing mortality from the disease, and WHO projections have already pointed to a significant global shortage.

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation for Novel Malaria Drug

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation for Novel Malaria Drug

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The FDA granted orphan drug designation to an investigational treatment for malaria.

Mass Drug Administration Can Reduce Short-term Malaria Transmission

Mass Drug Administration Can Reduce Short-term Malaria Transmission

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Mass drug administration has been proposed as a method to eradicate Plasmodium falciparum malaria.

Tick-Born Diseases May Be on the Rise This Season

Tick-Born Diseases May Be on the Rise This Season

According to a national poll, few Americans are aware of the upswing in the tick population this summer.

 Lyme Disease Vaccination Gets Fast Track Designation

Lyme Disease Vaccination Gets Fast Track Designation

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The FDA has given Fast Track designation to Valneva's Lyme disease vaccine candidate.

Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease Can Carry Serious Risks

Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease Can Carry Serious Risks

Serious bacterial infections have been documented during Lyme Disease treatment in some patients.

No Elevated Malformations Risk, Low Birth Weight With Maternal Dengue

No Elevated Malformations Risk, Low Birth Weight With Maternal Dengue

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Epidemiological study finds reassuring outcomes for Brazilian babies born to mothers with symptomatic dengue during pregnancy.

Diagnosing Lyme Arthritis in Children

Diagnosing Lyme Arthritis in Children

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Children are among the most susceptible to Lyme disease, and in many, joint inflammation may be the first symptom.

Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases: Tips for Prevention

Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases: Tips for Prevention

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a toolkit to help individuals protect themselves from Lyme and other tickborne diseases.

Chagas Disease: A Major Public Health Challenge in the US

Chagas Disease: A Major Public Health Challenge in the US

Without treatment, many patients with Chagas disease are at risk of a 'silent death' due to heart failure.

No Benefit of Prophylactic Platelet Transfusion for Bleeding Prevention in Dengue

No Benefit of Prophylactic Platelet Transfusion for Bleeding Prevention in Dengue

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A randomized trial found that, compared with supportive care alone, added prophylactic platelet transfusion is not effective in preventing bleeding in patients with dengue and thrombocytopenia, and may also lead to adverse effects.

Development of Warm-Antibody Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Babesiosis

Development of Warm-Antibody Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Babesiosis

Six patients with babesiosis developed warm-antibody autoimmune hemolytic anemia after diagnosis, according to a new study.

High Number of Yellow Fever Cases Reported in Brazil

High Number of Yellow Fever Cases Reported in Brazil

Large outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil is being closely monitored by health officials.

Screening Tools Ineffective in Diagnosing Chikungunya in the Elderly

Screening Tools Ineffective in Diagnosing Chikungunya in the Elderly

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Chikungunya outbreaks have been associated with higher mortality rates than originally thought, mostly in the elderly and individuals with underlying conditions.

Major Outbreak of Zika Unlikely in the United States

Major Outbreak of Zika Unlikely in the United States

Low socioeconomic conditions and associated cultural practices increases chances of mosquito-borne diseases.

Dengvaxia Most Effective in High-Transmission Areas

Dengvaxia Most Effective in High-Transmission Areas

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Models predicted dengue vaccine would reduce rates of hospitalization in high-transmission areas but increase rates in lower-transmission areas.

FDA: Valneva To Begin Clinical Testing of Lyme Disease Vaccine

FDA: Valneva To Begin Clinical Testing of Lyme Disease Vaccine

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The phase I trial of VLA15-101 is being conducted at 1 site in the US and 1 in Belgium.

Antibody Therapy May Prevent Fatal Cerebral Malaria

Antibody Therapy May Prevent Fatal Cerebral Malaria

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In an animal model study, researchers tested an antibody therapy that may treat cerebral malaria.

Does El Nino Impact Rates of Infectious Diseases in the US?

Does El Nino Impact Rates of Infectious Diseases in the US?

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Warm temperatures and variation in precipitation rates may increase rates of vector-borne and enteric diseases across the United States.

Survival From Infectious Diseases Remains Steady in the US

Survival From Infectious Diseases Remains Steady in the US

While specific disease threats have changed over the years, the US mortality rate from infectious diseases has remains the same.

Sensitivity of Commercially Available Dengue Virus PCR Assay Evaluated

Sensitivity of Commercially Available Dengue Virus PCR Assay Evaluated

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Diagnostic sensitivity and specificity were 100% for the quantitative real-time reverse-transcriptase assay.

Incidence of Autoimmune Disease Development After Lyme Disease

Incidence of Autoimmune Disease Development After Lyme Disease

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A spectrum of new-onset systemic autoimmune joint disorders may develop after Lyme disease diagnosis and antibiotic treatment.

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