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The Contagion® Zoonotic & Vector-borne Diseases specialty page provides zoonotic & vector-borne disease-specific clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content.

ZOONOTIC & VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES NEWS - Page 1

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 <i>Salmonella</i> 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.
<em>Cryptosporidium</em>: A Potentially Fatal Cause of Diarrhea in a Heart Transplant Recipient
Expanding the differential for diarrhea beyond Clostridium difficile.