Vector-Borne Illness

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.

Another Unique Mosquito-Borne Virus May Be Circulating in Haiti

Another Unique Mosquito-Borne Virus May Be Circulating in Haiti

Researchers focus on a potentially unique mosquito-borne virus in Haiti.

Antimalarial Activity Noted With KAF156 in Adults

Antimalarial Activity Noted With KAF156 in Adults

KAF156 was tested in adults with uncomplicated P vivax or P falciparum malaria.

Exposure to the Dengue Virus May Boost Potency of Zika Infection

Exposure to the Dengue Virus May Boost Potency of Zika Infection

And, an antibody that's effective against dengue may also counter Zika.

CDC Review of Evidence Confirms Link Between Zika Virus, Microcephaly

CDC Review of Evidence Confirms Link Between Zika Virus, Microcephaly

After a rigorous review of evidence, the CDC has confirmed that Zika virus causes microcephaly and other fetal brain abnormalities.

CDC Summit: Zika Virus Expected to Become More Active in The South This Summer

CDC Summit: Zika Virus Expected to Become More Active in The South This Summer

Virus expected to become active in some parts of the southern United States in early summer.

CDC Recommends Standard Precautions in Labor and Delivery to Prevent Zika

CDC Recommends Standard Precautions in Labor and Delivery to Prevent Zika

Standard Precautions should be used in labor and delivery to minimize the risk of transmission.

Genome Sequencing Identifies Time of Zika Arrival in the Americas

Genome Sequencing Identifies Time of Zika Arrival in the Americas

The results suggest that one person carried the virus into the Americas in 2013.

CDC: 116 Travel-Associated Zika Cases in United States in 2016

CDC: 116 Travel-Associated Zika Cases in United States in 2016

Nearly all had a probable link to travel to a Zika-endemic area outside the United States, agency says.

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