Vectorborne Illnesses

Suboptimal Diagnostics Affect Management of Tickborne Diseases

Suboptimal Diagnostics Affect Management of Tickborne Diseases

Diagnostic and surveillance limitations and lack of treatment options, vaccines hamper efforts.

Using Digital Technology to Detect Vector-Borne Diseases

Using Digital Technology to Detect Vector-Borne Diseases

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Although internet-based surveillance methods have recently been established to enhance vector-borne disease surveillance, assessment of their utility is required to determine how best to position this technology to improve infectious disease outcomes.

Predictors of Post-Chikungunya Chronic Polyarthralgia

Predictors of Post-Chikungunya Chronic Polyarthralgia

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Researchers reported on the first outbreak of an Asian lineage of chikungunya virus in Aruba.

Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets Improved Malaria Control Over Standard Methods

Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets Improved Malaria Control Over Standard Methods

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As a direct consequence of this trial, WHO revised its policy on long-lasting insecticidal nets in September, 2017, gave interim endorsement to pyrethroid-piperonyl butoxide nets as a new WHO class of vector control product.

Despite Pyrethroid Resistance, Insecticidal Nets Protect Against Malaria

Despite Pyrethroid Resistance, Insecticidal Nets Protect Against Malaria

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In some locations, malaria incidence remained high despite high use of nets, emphasizing the need for new tools and approaches for malaria prevention if targets for the reduction of the global malaria burden are to be achieved.

Clinician Accuracy Evaluated for Lyme Disease

Clinician Accuracy Evaluated for Lyme Disease

Clinician suspicion shows limited accuracy in evaluating Lyme disease.

Climate Change: Effects on the Incidence and Distribution of Infectious Diseases

Climate Change: Effects on the Incidence and Distribution of Infectious Diseases

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Without proactive measures and response, the changing climate is projected to continue to adversely affect the global incidence and distribution of infectious diseases and cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050.

When and How to Test for Lyme Disease, a Growing Threat

When and How to Test for Lyme Disease, a Growing Threat

Diagnosing Lyme disease can be difficult because symptoms vary from one person to another and can resemble symptoms of other infectious diseases spread by ticks.

Utah Resident Is First Zika-Linked Death in Continental United States

Utah Resident Is First Zika-Linked Death in Continental United States

Patient had an underlying medical condition and tested positive for Zika.

Outbreaks Shared Between US and Mexico Require Collaboration For Disease Management

Outbreaks Shared Between US and Mexico Require Collaboration For Disease Management

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Because Aedes mosquitoes also transmit chikungunya and Zika viruses, there is risk for local transmission of these pathogens and a need for vector control and mosquito bite prevention strategies in the border region.

CDC Officials Update Diagnosis, Treatment Guidelines for Severe Tickborne Illnesses

CDC Officials Update Diagnosis, Treatment Guidelines for Severe Tickborne Illnesses

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The guidelines note that physicians must request the correct diagnostic tests to confirm diagnosis, as well as completely understand the limitations and usefulness of these tests.

Mosquito Control Efforts Reducing Chikungunya Rates in Puerto Rico?

Mosquito Control Efforts Reducing Chikungunya Rates in Puerto Rico?

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In addition to carrying chikungunya and dengue, female Aedes aegypti mosquitos also carry the Zika virus.

FDA Green Lights Medication For Rare Parasitic Disease

FDA Green Lights Medication For Rare Parasitic Disease

Profounda announced the launch of Impavido (miltefosine) for the treatment of visceral, mucosal, and cutaneous leishmaniasis in patients aged ≥12 years.

FDA Grants Tentative Approval to Tests of Gene-Modified Mosquitoes

FDA Grants Tentative Approval to Tests of Gene-Modified Mosquitoes

Agency says testing the insects in Florida Keys poses little risk to people, animals, the environment.

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