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Genetically Modified Mosquitos Neutralize Dengue Virus

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have identified a target gene in mosquitos that renders the insects completely refractory to all 4 serotypes of the dengue virus and thus, incapable of transmitting the virus to humans, according to study results published in PLoS Pathogens.1 Dengue fever is caused by infection with 1 of…
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Should Community Pharmacies Have Prescribing Power for the Treatment of Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease, a vector-borne illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, is transmitted to humans by deer ticks. It is currently nearing endemic levels of infection in North America; the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a 130.6% increase in confirmed cases between 1997 and 2017 (12,801-29,513 cases, respectively)1. Other…
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