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  • Medication to Cure Dengue Is Likely To Happen in Five Years

    An affordable, safe, and effective treatment for dengue might be on the cards within five years. The Transitional Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) has partnered with the non-profit research institute Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) India Foundation to develop a safe, affordable, and effective treatment for dengue within five years, a press release said. "There are no specific antiviral drugs to treat dengue infection, and limited use of vaccines. Despite research ...

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  • COVID-19 Restrictions Reduced Nearly 750,000 Dengue Cases in 2020

    COVID-19 restrictions limited human mobility and contact, which nearly reduced 750,000 dengue cases in 2020, reveals a new study published in iLancet Infectious Diseases./i Researchers from the London School of Hygiene (and) Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Beijing Normal University and other international partners, funded by the Medical Research Council, analyzed the monthly dengue cases from the World Health Organization (WHO) Weekly reports between 2014 to 2020 from 23 countries - 16 in Latin America ...

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  • WHO Says Zika, Dengue Could Trigger Next Pandemic

    The next pandemic could be initiated by insect-borne pathogens, including Zika and dengue, warned the World Health Organization (WHO). The frequency and magnitude of outbreaks of these arboviruses, particularly those transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, are increasing globally, fueled by the convergence of ecologic, economic, and social factors. According to the WHO, dengue fever infects 390 million people in 130 countries annually where it is endemic, while Zika virus that caused an outbreak ...

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  • New Smartphone Technology to Detect Dengue

    New smartphone-powered tests for dengue developed by researchers were found to improve rates over lateral flow testing kits. The new diagnostic test, described in the journal iPLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases,/i uses "lab on a strip" technology, which performs 10 or more tests on a very small amount of liquid sample (such as blood, urine or saliva). Researchers from the University of Reading and teams from Thailand found that the tests via the new diagnostic kit called Cygnus showed ...

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  • National Dengue Day 2022: Symptoms and Prevention of Dengue

    National Dengue Prevention Day is celebrated on May 16 every year in India. The day aims to spread awareness about this disease and preventive methods and tips to treat dengue. Today, dengue cases are prevalent throughout India, and because of this, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made reporting of dengue cases essential.Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is a mosquito-borne infection that can cause severe flu-like illness. It is caused by four different viruses and is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes....

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  • Singapore Faces Dengue Emergency

    Singapore faces a dengue "emergency." It has already exceeded 11,000 cases (and) #8212; far beyond the 5,258 reported throughout 2021 (and) #8212; before June 1, when its peak dengue season traditionally begins. Experts are warning that it's a grim figure for Singapore (and) #8212; whose tropical climate is a natural breeding ground for the Aedes mosquitoes that carry the virus (and) #8212; and for the rest of the world. That's because changes in the global climate mean such outbreaks are likely to become more ...

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  • Dengue Cases on the Rise in Delhi

    Delhi has reported 32 dengue cases in June, which increased this year's total tally to 143, according to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The city has not reported any dengue deaths so far. As per a report released by the Anti Malaria Operations (HQ), Delhi recorded 23 dengue cases in January, 16 in February, 22 in March, 20 in April and 30 in May. The city had registered 20 cases in June 2020, In June 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017, the city had registered 20, 26, 33 and 60 cases, respectively....

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  • Dengue Cases on the Rise in Bengaluru

    In Bengaluru, the sudden rise in dengue cases has become a cause of concern for the Health Department, stated officials. As per the statistics of the Health Department, 388 cases of dengue were detected between January 1 to June 17. However, in the last one month's period, the cases have risen to 740. The Health Department has conducted tests on more than 7,000 people. Meanwhile, private as well as government hospitals, laboratories are seeing an unusual number of patients with symptoms of dengue....

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  • Global Warming may Limit Dengue Fever Spread

    Dengue virus makes mosquitoes more sensitive to warmer temperatures, stated new research led by Penn State researchers. The team also found that infection with the bacterium Wolbachia, which has recently been used to control viral infections in mosquitoes, also increases the thermal sensitivity of the insects. The findings suggest that global warming could limit the spread of dengue fever but could also limit the effectiveness of Wolbachia as a biological control agent. "Dengue fever, ...

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  • Global Chikungunya Vaccine Phase II/III Trial Starts in Costa Rica

    The first participant received Bharat Biotech International Ltd's (BBIL) Chikungunya vaccine candidate (BBV87) in a Phase II/III clinical trial in Costa Rica. IVI is advancing clinical development of BBV87 through a Phase II/III randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a 2-dose regimen of BBV87 Chikungunya vaccine in healthy adults at 9 clinical trial sites across 5 countries with endemic Chikungunya. In addition to the trial at Clinica San Agustin in Costa ...

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  • Can Covid Together With Dengue and Malaria Be Treated?

    Hospitals in India witnessed a spike in Covid co-infections, such as dengue and malaria, which could be dangerous and can even be fatal. However, health experts say that it is treatable when given timely intervention. Dengue or malaria are vector-borne diseases spread through mosquito bites and they rise during the monsoon season. Covid, on the other hand, is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmitted mainly by droplets produced as a result of coughing or sneezing of an infected person. "We ...

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  • Drones to Curb Malaria, Dengue

    A drone to curb the spread of monsoon-related diseases like malaria and dengue has been deployed by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The sanitation drive came after the city reported a huge spurt in dengue cases, up from just 10 in August last year to 130-plus in the same month this year, mostly from the BMC B, F/South and H/West wards. Similarly, the country's commercial capital has witnessed around 3,000 cases of malaria, over 275 of gastroenteritis, more than 35 ...

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  • Dengue Fear Grips Madhya Pradesh

    Dengue is posing a new threat to the people of Madhya Pradesh. As the number of dengue patients surge, the state government is worried about the people infected with the viral infection. The BJP government in the state will launch "Dengue se Jung Janata Ke Sang" campaign on Wednesday to spread awareness among the people in the fight against dengue. The number of dengue patients have risen in the last few days. The state government has advised the public not to allow stagnant water at any place for more than a week....

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  • Dengue DENV 2 Variant can Create a Havoc

    Healthcare experts find another challenge in the form of the new dengue variant which is pervading faster in more than eleven states of India, now. As the dengue outbreak in India was believed to be in control, the new dengue DENV 2 variant has made several people severely ill (high fever), in many parts of the country already. Out of all the variants, the dengue DENV 2 is found to be the most lethal that can potentially cause devastating internal bleeds in patients. This strain is most virulent ...

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  • Delhi Records First Dengue Death in 2021

    In Delhi, the first death due to dengue in 2021 has been reported. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) report says that total 720 dengue cases have been reported so far this year. October has seen a sudden spike in dengue cases as a total of 382 cases have been reported in the month till October 16. As per the report, total 142 cases of malaria and 69 cases of chikunguniya have also been reported so far this year. However, no death has been reported from malaria and chikungunya yet, the report added....

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  • Scientists Develop Anti-viral Drug to Treat Dengue

    Permission has been received from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct human testing of the new antiviral drug for treating dengue. Trials will be conducted in 20 cities across the country. Derived from plants, AQCH, is anti-viral in nature. It was tested successfully in labs and on mice. Trials will be conducted at one medical college in Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Belgaum, Chennai, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Visakahapatnam, Cuttack, Khurda and Nathdwara....

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  • Dengue Cases on Rise in Chennai

    In Chennai, dengue cases are on the rise. The number of cases reported in the city in the last few days has increased to 105 with Kodambakkam and Teynampet areas reporting the majority of them. Kodambakkam reported 18 cases, while Teynampet had 17 in the past three days. Meanwhile, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) officials have called upon the residents to remove the stagnant water from the residential colonies as well as terraces of their houses to prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes....

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  • Dengue in India: Cases Rise Every 2 Years

    In India, dengue cases have seen a steep rise in every second year based on the available resources from the last 5 years. Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Bharti Pravin Pawar, said in the Rajya Sabha that based on the data available for the past 5 years, it has been seen that the number of cases was higher in 2017 (1,88,401), 2019 (2,05,243), and 2021 (1,77,695), as compared to 2016 (1,29,166), 2018 (1,24,493), and 2020 (44,585). Pawar was replying to a question ...

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  • Fight Mosquito-borne Diseases: Weather Factors can Help Predict Dengue Outbreaks

    bHighlights:/b ul class="group-list" liWeather factors may play a key role in predicting dengue outbreaks/li liClimate factors such as rainfall, temperature and ocean-warming are more likely to affect mosquito breeding and the viral diseases they spread/li liUnderstanding the link between climate factors and mosquito activity can help in implementing effective mosquito control interventions/li/ul Weather factors such as rainfall, temperature and ocean warming could pave ...

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  • Consult a Doctor Before Taking Medicines to Treat Dengue, Malaria or Chikungunya

    Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya are on the rise. The months of September, October and November often see an increase in cases of dengue, malaria and chikungunya and are regarded as the period in which dengue, malaria infections are at their peak, resulting in many deaths. h2Medicines Not to Take in Case of Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya/h2 Dr. Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital in New Delhi, said that one should ...

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