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  • Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys

    01/25/2015 9:42:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2015 11:36 AM EST | Jennifer Kay
    Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. […] Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130,000 signed a petition against the experiment. Even potential boosters say those responsible must do more to show that benefits outweigh the risks. […]...
  • Another 'eradicated disease' invading U.S

    11/12/2014 1:10:59 PM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 11/12/2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Dengue hemorrhagic fever has been added to the list of diseases brought by the surge of “unaccompanied minors” who have illegally entered the U.S. this year. “The big picture here is that we are getting all these diseases brought into the United States by the ‘imported disease people’ from Latin America,” Dr. Lee Hieb, past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, explained to WND in an interview. Other diseases tied to illegal aliens include Chagas disease, Enterovirus D-68, drug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria.
  • Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County

    10/20/2014 7:29:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Veronica Rocha
    A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The Aedes aegypti species, which has black and white stripes and grows to about a quarter-inch in size, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever -- viruses that can cause painful symptoms including headaches and high fever, officials said. "While these debilitating viruses, so far, aren't locally...
  • 2014 dengue outbreak in City marked by high level of hemorrhagic cases [Belize]

    10/03/2014 9:08:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Amandala ^ | 10/3/2014
    Data released today by the Vector Control Unit in Belize City indicate that there have been 77 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) documented in the City, primarily based on clinical diagnoses between January and September 2014. Overall, the total number of dengue cases in Belize City, including the severe hemorrhagic form, amounted to 264, making up 82% of all cases reported for the Belize District area. No national figures have yet been provided. Senior Public Health Officer Javier Alpuche said that from January to September 2014, 59 cases of dengue were reported in the Belize District, outside of the...
  • Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Ebola, Dengue, Swine Flu

    07/08/2014 12:16:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 8, 2014
    The hordes of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. are bringing serious diseases—including swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis—that present a danger to the American public as well as the Border Patrol agents forced to care for the kids, according to a U.S. Congressman who is also medical doctor. This has created a “severe and dangerous” crisis, says the Georgia lawmaker, Phil Gingrey. Most of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) are coming from Central America and they’re importing infectious diseases considered to be largely eradicated in this country. Additionally, many of the migrants lack basic vaccinations such as...
  • New discovery brings hope to universal dengue vaccine

    08/14/2013 8:11:18 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08/13/2013 | CNA
    SINGAPORE: A new strategy that cripples the ability of the dengue virus to escape the host immune system has been discovered by A*STAR's Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN). The discovery, scientists said, brings hope to what may become the world's first universal dengue vaccine that can give full protection from all four types of the virus. The dengue virus requires the enzyme called MTase, also known as 2'-O-methyltransferase, to chemically modify its genetic material to escape detection. In this study, the researchers discovered that by introducing a genetic mutation to deactivate the MTase enzyme of the virus, initial cells infected by...
  • Nearly 49,000 infected with dengue, 59 dead in Thailand

    06/23/2013 9:57:57 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 06/21/2013 | wang yuanyuan
    BANGKOK, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 49,000 people in Thailand have been infected with dengue virus, 59 of whom died, Thai National News Bureau reported Friday. According to Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong, dengue situation in Thailand is still of concern given nearly 49, 000 people have so far been afflicted by the disease. 59 patients have died of dengue fever since the beginning of 2013, and more than half of the number were children. The minister has, therefore, urged all hospitals to diagnose their patients carefully and thoroughly. The minister has also urged related agencies nationwide to step up...
  • Sickly mosquitoes stymie malaria’s spread - Researchers harness bacteria to cripple insects that...

    05/09/2013 2:21:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Nature News ^ | 09 May 2013 | Beth Mole
    Researchers harness bacteria to cripple insects that transmit disease. Scientists have engineered mosquitoes to carry a bacterium that confers resistance to the malaria parasite — a long-sought advance that could eventually curb malaria cases in humans. A team led by Zhiyong Xi, a medical entomologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, infected Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria to produce insects that could pass the infection on to their offspring. Female mosquitoes that carried Wolbachia also bred with uninfected mates, the researchers report today in Science, swiftly spreading the malaria-blocking bacterium to entire insect populations within eight generations1. “This...

    06/24/2010 9:41:51 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6-24-2010 | AJ
    Andy Stern wasn’t kidding when he publicly stated the most famous rallying cry of Communism:[1] Stern professed, “Workers of the World Unite? It’s not just a slogan anymore.” Snip SIGA Technologies, Inc. is a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to combat bio-warfare pathogens and it was announced on June 21, 2010 that Andy Stern is joining SIGA’s Board of Directors. But wait, it gets even better… SIGA is also a Federal contractor for the government. For a list of SIGA’s contracts with the Federal government, go to:…. SNIP Without question, Andy Stern’s new position at SIGA...
  • Security Reason, Sri Lankan doctor’s team excused to visit KP province

    09/24/2011 8:55:55 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies ^ | 25 September 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 25 September 2011, Sri Lankan doctor’s team has excuse to provincial government for not visiting the KP province. Teams has excuse because the current situation of the province. Visit of the Sri Lankan doctor’s team was schedule to visit the province and check the current situation of the Dengue Fever in KP. According to health department sources Sri Lankan Embassy and Punjab government has informed the provincial government and excuse from visit. The main reason of the visit cancellation is terrorism in province, which effect not only local but also foreign, whose didn’t visit now KP province. Sri Lankan...
  • Mexico worried by rise in hemorrhagic dengue

    07/21/2010 5:06:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | July 21, 2010 | MARK STEVENSON
    <p>MEXICO CITY — Mexico is facing a sort of perfect storm of floods that breed mosquitoes, prompting a big increase in the number of hemorrhagic dengue cases, the country's top epidemiological official said Wednesday.</p> <p>The disease's Type 2 strain, which makes people who have already had the Type 1 variant more vulnerable to developing the hemorrhagic form, is now in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and moving north toward the region on the U.S. border.</p>
  • Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases

    07/20/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration ^ | July 20, 2010 | P. F. Wagner and Dan Amato
    Legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. This has already happened in restaurants, schools, and police forces. Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood...
  • None Dare Call it a Coincidence: Andy Stern and the White House Biodefense Program

    07/15/2010 11:31:13 AM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | Jul 10th 2010 | LaborUnionReport
    There are many who argue that President Obama has (repeatedly) broken his promise to bring transparency and openness to the White House. In literal terms, however, Obama may not have actually broken that specific promise ,.. it’s just that people may not have understood what Obama meant by transparency and openness. ..Here’s a case in point: First Dot: Several months ago, the union world was shocked when Andy Stern, the ignominious president of the Service Employees International Union abruptly “quit” as leader of the Purple Hand. Surprise and speculation swelled. Was it the Blago Trial? Is he sick?Second Dot: Then,...
  • Dengue fever hits Miami-Dade County, reports the health department

    07/15/2010 10:14:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 15, 2010 | Fred Tasker and Cammy Clark
    The first suspected locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County was reported Thursday by county health officials. A viral disease that afflicts 100 million worldwide every year, it hadn't been seen in Florida since 1934. "Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by a breed of mosquito common to the southeastern United States and the tropics," the Miami-Dade Health Department said in a news release. "It is not spread from person to person. More than 100 million cases of dengue occur every year worldwide.''
  • More than 1,000 exposed to dengue in Florida: CDC

    07/13/2010 7:00:45 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/13/2010 | Staff
    (Reuters) - Five percent of the population of Key West, Florida -- more than 1,000 people -- have been infected at some point with the dengue virus, government researchers reported on Tuesday. Most probably did not even know it, but the findings show the sometimes deadly infection is making its way north into the United States, the researchers said.
  • Dengue Fever on Our Doorstep: Climate Change Drives Disease Re-emergence in U.S.

    06/29/2010 9:31:18 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 67 replies
    OnEarth Magazine ^ | June 29, 2010 | Scott Dodd
    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that for the first time in more than 65 years, dengue fever has returned the continental United States, The New York Times is reporting this week: The upsurge is not unexpected. Experts say more than half the world's population will be at risk by 2085 because of greater urbanization, global travel and climate change. Over the past 30 years, a global outcry against using the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, has led to the resurgence of the mosquito, a voracious consumer of human blood and carrier of infectious disease....
  • Microbes: Fighting Mosquito-Transmitted Viruses With Bacteria That Infect Many Insects

    01/06/2010 8:07:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 480+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 5, 2010 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    A type of bacteria that infects many insects may make mosquitoes more resistant to viruses that can be dangerous to humans, researchers have found. The discovery could be helpful in the battles against two painful and sometimes fatal diseases, dengue and chikungunya. Last year, researchers showed they could take Wolbachia bacteria from fruit flies and infect mosquitoes with it, cutting their already brief life spans by half. That discovery was important because most of the malaria transmitted by female mosquitoes is transmitted late in their lives. They must pick up the parasites by biting an infected human, and it takes...
  • Dengue fever epidemic hits South America.....

    05/20/2009 10:53:11 AM PDT · by TaraP · 16 replies · 622+ views
    While the world continues to be on alert for a potential swine flu pandemic, South Americans have been suffering for months from one of the worst viral epidemics on record. Hundreds of thousands of people have been sickened by dengue fever this year; more than 70 have died. "This is the largest epidemic in many years," said Dr. Eddy Martinez, the director of epidemiology for Bolivia's Ministry of Health in the capital city of La Paz. By mid-April, he said, there had been more than 55,000 suspected cases in Bolivia's eastern and southern lowlands, with 25 fatalities. Most of those...
  • "Very Aggressive" Dengue Fever Outbreak in Mexico

    04/26/2009 10:39:17 PM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 93 replies · 5,677+ views
    So far this year there have been 200 confirmed cases of an extremely aggressive strain of dengue virus in Mexico's Pacific coast state of Sinaloa. The new strain has prompted that state's Secretary of Health to issue a warning to residents to take precautions to reduce its potential spread, by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed. Sinaloa encompasses the resort town of Mazatlan. Secretary Héctor Ponce Ramos, indicated that this year's strain of dengue fever is more lethal than in previous years and may be based on DENV-3 AND DENV-4 strains of the disease, which in theory would yield very...
  • [Mexico:] Matamoros pumping floodwater to prevent diseases

    07/25/2008 11:35:40 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 94+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 07/25/2008 | Sean Mattson
    MATAMOROS, Mexico — Hurricane Dolly left large parts of this border city marinating in sewage-tainted storm water Thursday, and authorities scrambled to fend off possible outbreaks of disease — including dengue fever, a sometimes fatal virus. Car-swallowing pools left by Dolly receded from the main thoroughfares of Matamoros but 60 neighborhoods affecting 60,000 people still were flooded, officials said. “Yes, there is risk (of dengue),” said Rodolfo Torre, the health minister for Tamaulipas state, while visiting an auditorium-turned-shelter still surrounded by foot-deep water. “But we hope to keep it under control as we have in the past.” Dolly dumped 12...
  • Local (Hawaii) biotech firm wins vaccine grant

    04/08/2008 9:26:15 PM PDT · by Proud2BAmerican · 1 replies · 74+ views
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin ^ | April 8, 2008 | Kristen Consillio
    Local biotech firm wins vaccine grant Hawaii Biotech's dengue vaccine is called the most advanced of its type By Kristen Consillio Hawaii Biotech Inc. has won grant funding of nearly $1 million over the next year to move it closer to commercial production of the first dengue vaccine. The funding will come from the Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative of the Seoul-based International Vaccine Institute, primarily funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Aiea-based company will use the money to conduct clinical trials on dengue -- a mosquito-borne disease prevalent in under-developed tropical and subtropical countries that infects...
  • Brazil Army Aids Rio Dengue Fight

    04/01/2008 7:25:15 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 63+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-2-2008
    Brazil army aids Rio dengue fight The military clinics are aiming to take the pressure off public hospitals The Brazilian military has opened three new field clinics in Rio de Janeiro to help officials tackle a surge in dengue fever that has overwhelmed hospitals. Officials say 13 people have died since Friday, bringing the number of deaths this year in Rio de Janeiro state to 67, with some 45,000 people infected. The mosquito-borne disease causes high temperature, headaches and muscle pain and, in extreme cases, can be fatal. President Lula has said all levels of government have mishandled the crisis....
  • Health worries cloud recovery in Mexico

    11/09/2007 3:48:59 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 233+ views
    Houston Chronicle Foreign Service ^ | Nov. 9, 2007 | GREG BROSNAN
    As high waters recede, officials rush to ward off onset of disease VILLAHERMOSA, MEXICO — Holding her pale, 18-month-old grandson in her arms in Tabasco's flooded state capital, Marisela Aceituno wondered whether the infant's vomiting and diarrhea was a sign of the dreaded C word. Cholera. "Everything I give him he throws up," Aceituno said as she stroked Christopher's curly brown hair. With animal carcasses rotting in doorways and disease-carrying mosquitoes in the air, Mexican authorities are racing to prevent Tabasco from turning into a hot zone. Cholera, malaria and dengue fever, they say, could pose an even bigger risk...
  • N.L. may have 71 cases of Dengue Fever [17 hemorraghic]

    10/09/2007 6:16:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 870+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | 10/09/2007 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    NUEVO LAREDO - Health officials here Monday said there are now 71 pending or confirmed cases of Dengue Fever, including 17 of the type which causes hemorrhaging.Luis Eduardo Campbell Loa, director of state Sanitation District V, said about 75 percent of the city is being sprayed in an effort to control the mosquito population. Cases are located mainly in areas south and east of the city, and centered in the Nueva Era and Villas neighborhoods. In a news conference Monday, Campbell Loa said about 20 of the 71 cases are pending confirmation as to whether they are in fact Dengue....
  • Nuevo Laredo fights dengue outbreak

    10/03/2007 1:33:10 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 627+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - Public health officials joined the municipal government to urge residents to clear out properties of junk to help prevent the spread of dengue.Dr. Luis Eduardo Campbell and Mayor Daniel Peña Treviño called on home and property owners to cooperate in clearing and maintaining given sites and discarding holding water. There are 32 confirmed cases of dengue in the lab, according to Campbell. Those infected are aged 9 to 19-years-old. Public health officials said fumigating equipment will be taken to designated areas while the mayor called on residents to support the anti-dengue campaign. Campbell said Tamaulipas state government...
  • Dengue fever surges in Latin America

    09/29/2007 5:56:18 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 144+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Sept. 29, 2007 | MICHAEL MELIA
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Dengue fever is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the worst outbreaks in decades, causing agonizing joint pain for hundreds of thousands of people and killing nearly 200 so far this year. The mosquitoes that carry dengue are thriving in expanded urban slums scattered with water-collecting trash and old tires. Experts say dengue is approaching record levels this year as many countries enter their wettest months. "If we do not slow it down, it will intensify and take a greater social and economic toll on these countries," said Dr. Jose Luis...
  • Dengue fever research heats up

    08/31/2007 9:49:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 286+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 08/30/2007 | Cindy Tumiel
    Heavy summer rains along the Texas-Mexico border always raise concerns over dengue fever, a mosquito-borne illness that is also called break-bone fever because of the severe body aches it causes. The border region has seen periodic outbreaks of the tropical virus, which is carried by a mosquito that thrives in much of Texas. And public health officials worry that the more severe form of the disease, which can cause internal bleeding and death, appears to be on the rise. Current flu vaccines and antiviral drugs don't work on dengue, but research into better treatments has been slow. Humans are the...
  • CDC warns of increased risk of dengue fever in RGV [South Texas]

    08/11/2007 10:17:28 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 548+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | August 10, 2007 | MELISSA McEVER
    Catching dengue fever is a real risk in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and the Rio Grande Valley, and local health officials should be on the lookout for its symptoms, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that the region is seeing more cases of dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever, a life-threatening complication of the mosquito-borne virus, than in the past. In 2005, Tamaulipas officials reported a large-scale dengue outbreak that included 223 cases of hemorrhagic fever, and that same year 24 dengue cases were reported in...
  • Five Honduran States on Dengue Alert

    07/06/2007 4:30:14 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 225+ views
    Prensa Latina ^ | July 05, 2007
    Tegucigalpa, The propagation of dengue fever in Honduras caused local health authorities to decree a state of alert in another four departments in this Central American nation Thursday. Honduran Public Health Minister Jenny Meza confirmed Francisco Morazan, Cortes, La Paz and Olancho were declared in green alert, while Tegucigalpa, the capital, is already on yellow alert since Wednesday, because of the increase of sick people. In Tegucigalpa, 22 cases were reported with deadly hemorrhagic dengue fever and more than 800 cases with classic dengue this week alone. Some 4,000 Hondurans have been taken ill with the disease so far this...
  • Fatal form of dengue fever surges in Mexico

    03/30/2007 3:37:21 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 30 replies · 149+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | March 30, 2007 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY — The deadly hemorrhagic form of dengue fever is increasing dramatically in Mexico, and experts predict a surge throughout Latin America fueled by climate change, migration and faltering mosquito eradication efforts. Overall dengue cases have increased by more than 600 percent in Mexico since 2001, and worried officials are sending special teams to tourist resorts to spray pesticides and remove garbage and standing water where mosquitoes breed ahead of the peak Easter Week vacation season. Even classic dengue — known as "bonebreak fever" — can cause severe flu-like symptoms, excruciating joint pain, high fever, nausea and rashes. More...
  • Mexico Dengue Goes Deadly

    03/22/2007 2:08:24 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 43 replies · 1,302+ views
    Prensa Latina ^ | March 22, 2007
    Mexico, One out of every four dengue cases in Mexico is hemorrhagic, the most dangerous and deadly form, Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordoba asserted. The fight against dengue is one of the main health programs today, said Cordoba, who called for all social sectors to participate actively in its elimination. He recalled that there was one case of hemorrhagic dengue in Mexico per every 50 cases of classical dengue seven years ago, but there is one per every four cases now, hence the urgent need to adopt the necessary measures, he explained. According to an epidemiological general view by...
  • South American Nations Suffer Outbreak of Dengue Fever

    03/21/2007 4:56:59 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 362+ views
    VOA News ^ | March 21, 2007
    The U.S. State Department has issued a warning to Americans against travel to parts of Paraguay because of an outbreak of dengue fever. A statement issued Tuesday said citizens may want to particularly avoid the area of Asuncion, Paraguay, where most of the nation's infections are concentrated. At least 18,000 people in Paraguay have been infected, and at least a dozen of those have died of the severe form of the disease, known as dengue hemorrhagic fever. Some experts say the number of cases is significantly higher than the official reports. Paraguayan officials have been accused of a responding inadequately...
  • Dengue Sparks Paraguay Emergency

    03/01/2007 7:23:49 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 319+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-1-2007
    Dengue sparks Paraguay emergency Hospitals may not be able to cope if cases go on rising, doctors say Paraguay has declared a 60-day state of emergency to deal with an outbreak of dengue fever which has killed at least 10 people in the past two months. Officials say 14,654 people have been diagnosed with dengue. But doctors say the figure is 10 times higher, and are worried about a new more virulent variant of the disease. Brazil and Bolivia have also seen a rise in cases of dengue, which is spread by mosquitoes and is endemic in much of the...
  • Dengue Alert Issued In South America

    02/06/2007 3:15:49 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 352+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-6-2007 | Vladimer Hernandez
    Dengue alert issued in S America By Vladimir Hernandez BBC News Unusually warm weather has boosted mosquito populations A health alert has been declared in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia after an outbreak of dengue fever. The authorities have blamed higher rainfall this season as a cause of the unusually rapid spread of the disease. Experts also say the uncommonly warm weather has boosted the population of mosquitoes, which transmit the disease. Globally, it infects 50m people a year, the UN says. It starts as a flu-like illness but without the proper help it can develop into a deadly fever. Dengue...
  • Delhi Raises Dengue Fever Alert

    10/02/2006 4:11:46 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 330+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-2-2006 | Sanjoy Majumder
    Delhi raises dengue fever alert By Sanjoy Majumder BBC correspondent, Delhi Diseases such as dengue and malaria are common in the monsoon Indian health officials have launched a massive drive to contain an outbreak of dengue fever in the capital, Delhi. Thousands of workers fanned out across the city spraying pesticides as part of a door-to-door campaign on Monday. The mosquito-borne disease has claimed 11 lives over the past two weeks and more than 400 people have been affected in and around the capital. Dengue fever can lead to high fever, with flu-like symptoms, and even to brain haemorrhage. Hospital...
  • America's new Alamo -- we must not lose again

    08/08/2006 4:53:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 707+ views ^ | August 8, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Almost two centuries ago, a small band of national patriots joined Texans to launch a battle for freedom and sent a unifying rallying cry through out our nation "Remember The Alamo!" Our nation is being threatened by a new Alamo, and the army is between 12 million and 20 million strong. The army is one that is creeping, walking, swimming and being driven in shadowy caravans across our nation's state borders. Instead of being armed with weapons of violence, this army is simply overwhelming American health care, education, and justice systems by refusing to enter our country legally. But the...
  • Key Stage To Dengue Fever Replication Found

    08/03/2006 1:33:09 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 363+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-3-2006 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Key stage to dengue fever replication found 15:29 03 August 2006 news service Roxanne Khamsi The discovery that the dengue fever virus needs to bend into a circle in order to replicate suggests new ways to treat this and similar diseases, including West Nile virus and encephalitis, say researchers. Future drugs that prevent the virus from forming a ring shape could one day save thousands of lives, they add. “The challenge now is to see if we can design a small molecule to do the job,” says Andrea Gamarnik at the Leloir Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There are...
  • Simple idea to dramatically improve dengue vaccinations

    04/04/2006 4:39:41 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 142+ views
    Rice University ^ | 03/29/2006
    Multi-site vaccinations could protect against all four dengue viruses An innovative new study explains, for the first time, the failure of previous attempts to vaccinate against the four known Dengue viruses, and it suggests a very simple solution – injecting the four vaccines simultaneously at different locations on the body. A mosquito-born disease, Dengue kills tens of thousands of people per year and sickens 100 million more. Known as “bone-break disease,” Dengue is characterized by excruciating pain and was “the most important mosquito-borne viral disease affecting humans” in 2005 according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The study, from...
  • First U.S. dengue cases found here [Possibly Hemorrhagic, South Texas]

    10/28/2005 7:07:55 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 36 replies · 1,083+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | Oct 28, 2005 | KEVIN GARCIA
    Health officials investigating more suspected infections, urge protection against mosquitoes October 28, 2005 — State health officials have confirmed two cases of dengue fever in the Brownsville area, the first contracted in the United States. Several other cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been under investigation for months, but officials stress the public health risk is no worse now than before the fever was discovered. “It’s really not much more (dangerous) than normal because you always have the rare chance of a mosquito-borne disease,” explained Dr. Brian Smith, Region 11 director for the Texas Department of State Health Services. “Just...
  • Cross-border effort targets dengue [S. Texas/Mexico]

    09/13/2005 10:41:06 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 286+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | September 13, 2005
    — City officials are teaming with the Tamaulipas state secretary of health to control and prevent the spread of illnesses such as dengue fever, which is trasmitted by the aedes aegypti fly. Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by female flies, and anyone infected by the fly is infectious to others for the first three days and should be quarantined, authorities said. The general symptoms of the sickness are: high fever, headaches, bone and eye soreness and skin rashes. Anyone showing symptoms of the disease should seek medical attention immediately. In June, Mayor Baltazar Hinojosa Ochoa launched the first part...
  • Get the Facts on Illegals: Will Bush Let Democrats Get to His Right on Immigration?

    08/24/2005 11:28:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 95 replies · 1,580+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Aug 24, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Two Democratic Governors, Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Janet Napolitano of Arizona, have declared a state of emergency and asked for federal help to deal with the costs of the violence and property damage caused by illegal aliens coming over their southern borders. If President Bush lets these partisan Democrats get to the right of him on the immigration issue, all Republicans will suffer in the next election. Dr. Madeleine Cosman, Esq. is a national authority on the diseases brought into our country by illegal aliens, who of course are not given health examinations required of all legal immigrants....
  • Dengue fever outbreak in Mexico causing concern in Texas [Hemorrhagic Strain of the Disease]

    08/18/2005 8:32:16 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 149 replies · 2,189+ views
    KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 08/18/2005 | Angela Kocherga
    An outbreak of dengue fever in Mexico has health officials here in Texas keeping a watchful eye across the border. More than 100 people have been infected in the southern state of Morelos. Several people have the hemorrhagic strain of the disease that causes bleeding and, if untreated, possibly death. To prevent the spread of the disease, health workers need to enlist the help of the residents. Oswaldo Zambrano, dengue fever prevention program director, says the enemy lives among them. He warns residents that they are providing a safe haven for the mosquitoes that carry dengue fever. Many homes have...
  • Health experts prepare border for bioterrorism scenarios (South Texas)

    08/01/2005 11:15:20 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 451+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | August 1, 2005 | MELISSA McEVER
    — Diseases like smallpox, the avian flu and hemorrhagic fever seem like distant threats to many Americans. But what if one of these diseases, either by terrorist or unwitting traveler, crossed the border into the Rio Grande Valley? Organizers of a new bioterrorism and emergency preparedness program want to make sure Valley health professionals are thoroughly prepared for such a possibility. The University of Texas Health Science Center’s School of Public Health in Houston, along with other universities, now is offering training sessions on bioterrorism and disaster preparedness throughout the region. UT’s School of Public Health in Brownsville and Texas...
  • Dengue reported in Matamoros (Mexico)

    07/12/2005 11:13:03 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1,074+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | LAURA B. MARTINEZ
    July 12, 2005 — Matamoros officials have confirmed four cases of dengue fever and are investigating at least 35 suspected cases of the deadly virus in Brownsville’s sister city. The majority of the cases were reported north of Matamoros and away from the Brownsville area, according to Josue Ramirez, Brownsville health director. No cases of dengue have been reported here this year. Matamoros health officials could not be reached for comment Monday. Mexican news media reported that the city was spraying for mosquitoes in areas where the dengue cases are believed to have originated. Dengue fever is an acute viral...
  • Cities Wage Dengue Battle on U.S.-Mexico Border (Brownsville, TX)

    11/18/2002 5:04:20 AM PST · by madfly · 20 replies · 480+ views ^ | Nov. 17, 2002 | Reuters
    MONTERREY, Mexico - Officials on the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday stepped up efforts to contain a dengue outbreak in the Mexican city of Matamoros after health authorities confirmed 24 cases and suspected another 222.Matamoros Public Health Director Ernesto Chanes said six of the suspected cases of dengue in the 450,000-strong city were the potentially lethal hemorrhagic dengue strain. Although, he said to date no deaths had been reported.Matamoros city workers are spraying neighborhoods where dengue cases have been confirmed and soldiers are patrolling streets looking for stagnant pools of water to contain the outbreak and stop it spreading to...