6 in 10 Infectious Diseases in Humans Are Zoonotic; CDC Report Lists Top US Threats
Plague. West Nile Virus. Zoonotic influenza. What else made the CDC list of the top 8 zoonotic diseases of most concern in the US?
Health Officials Confirm Presence of "Kissing Bug" in Delaware
Triatoma sanguisugas, an insect also known as a “kissing bug,” can transmit the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease.
FDA Approves Dengvaxia Vaccine
The FDA has approved the Dengvaxia vaccine for the prevention of dengue disease in children 9 to 16 years who have laboratory-confirmed previous dengue infection.
World Malaria Day 2019: New Innovations, Same Targets: Public Health Watch
Johns Hopkins symposium will highlight new challenges and approaches in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease.
Giovanni Rezza, MD: Tropical Outbreaks in Temperate Regions Are on the Rise
In a symposium at ECCMID 2019, Giovanni Rezza, MD, highlighted the growth of tropical outbreaks occurring in Europe and discussed how warmer temperatures may lead to more frequent tropical outbreaks.
Machine Learning Helps Identify Primate Species Likely to Spread Zika
Investigators used computer algorithms to predict primate species likely to be positive for Zika virus in Central and South America.
World Health Day 2019: Evaluating the Infectious Disease Landscape
Contagion® is reflecting on the advancements in treatment and prevention that have been made in infectious diseases while identifying areas that need further improvement to reduce preventable deaths globally.
CDC Announces IV Artesunate as New First-Line Treatment for Severe Malaria
The CDC has released new guidance on the treatment for severe malaria following the manufacturing discontinuation of the only FDA approved IV antimalarial.
Molecular Diagnostic Uptick Needed to Determine Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis Estimates
An analysis of spotted fever rickettsiosis epidemiology has found that only 1% of cases reported between 2010 and 2015 met the criteria for a confirmed case.
Occupational Zika Risks for Lab and Biomedical Researchers
Deep-dives into Zika virus exposures shed light on how we can protect lab workers.
Study Identifies Transmission Mechanism of Bat Influenza
Solving a years-old mystery, investigators have discovered that MHC-II molecules can provide a gateway for bat influenza to infect human cells.
Investigators Discover How Ticks Reproduce Powassan Virus in Salivary Glands
Powassan virus counts in the United States have been on the rise over the last decade, and now a new study sheds light on how ticks rapidly transmit the rare disease.
Typhus Outbreak Strikes Los Angeles, but the City Is Not Alone: Public Health Watch
Rats and other pests pose significant problems for urban areas in the US.
Tackling Zika Transmission at the Source With Genetically Engineered Resistant Mosquitoes
As several Zika virus vaccine candidates undergo clinical trials, a group of investigators is taking an alternate approach to quell transmission by genetically engineering mosquitoes to be resistant to the virus.
FDA Approves Triclabendazole for Treatment of Fascioliasis
The FDA has approved triclabendazole (Egaten) for the treatment of fascioliasis, a neglected tropical disease in patients 6 years of age and older
Single-Dose Tafenoquine Could Prevent Relapse of P vivax Malaria
Single-dose tafenoquine shows promise for the radical cure of P vivax malaria, according to two new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
CDC Issues Alert for Drug-Resistant Brucellosis Linked to Raw Milk Consumption
Health officials announced that individuals who consumed raw milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm may have been exposed to a drug-resistant strain of brucellosis.
Zika Virus IgM Detected 12 to 19 Months Following Infection Onset, Study Finds
A new study reports that Zika antibodies persist for longer than initially believed, with antibodies detected in symptomatic patients 18 months after illness onset.
Rutgers Investigators Create Pictorial Key for Accurate Identification of Asian Longhorned Tick
Rutgers University investigators created a pictorial key that anyone with a strong enough microscope can use to correctly identify the Asian longhorned tick from other harmless species.
Dengue Vaccine Candidate Meets Primary Efficacy Endpoint in Phase 3 Study
TAK-003, being developed by Takeda, is a tetravalent vaccine based on a live-attenuated dengue serotype 2 virus, which provides the genetic “backbone” for all 4 virus serotypes.
A History With Dengue Fever May Provide Some Protection From Symptomatic Zika
Investigators followed a pediatric cohort in Nicaragua over the course of 15 years and found that dengue fever immunity offers some protection against symptomatic Zika disease.
CDC Announces Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hedgehog Contact
Eleven cases of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported in a multistate outbreak with a suspected link to contact with hedgehogs.
Mobile Genomics Device Guides Response to Lassa Fever Outbreak
A new portable metagenomic technology allowed investigators to perform real-time analysis of viral genomes during a 2018 Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria.
Saliva-Based Test Detects Malaria Prior to Symptom Onset
A new test can detect Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte carriers in saliva samples, providing a point-of-need rapid diagnostic test for malaria.
Cost, Discrimination Are Common Barriers to Malaria Prophylaxis Among US Travelers to West Africa
Focus group-based study reveals challenges in travel medicine among US-based visitors to the region.
Phase 1 DNA-Encoded Monoclonal Antibody Trial for Zika Receives Approval
The FDA has approved the launch of the first in-human clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a new synthetic DNA-encoded monoclonal antibody (DMAb) therapy to prevent Zika virus infection.
Favorable Phase 1 Interim Results for Chikungunya Vaccine Candidate
At Day 28, 100% seroconversion rate was achieved in a pooled analysis of all participants who received a single vaccination of VLA1553.
New Bat-Borne Filovirus Identified in China
Investigators have identified and characterized Mengla virus, a filovirus that is genetically distinct from Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Environmental Sampling of Hatchery Detects Salmonella During 2018 Outbreaks
Despite the increase of live poultry-related Salmonella outbreaks, environmental sampling at hatcheries is not routinely conducted leaving the outbreak source unknown.
Deadly Marburg Virus Found in West Africa for First Time
Investigators have identified Marburg virus in Sierra Leone bats, marking the first time the hemorrhagic fever has been discovered in West Africa.
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