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Preparedness, surveillance and response

First Chikungunya, now dengue strikes Dhaka

Amid the spread of Chikungunya in Dhaka, another mosquito-borne disease, dengue, has silently struck the city amid the variation in rainfall pattern. A large number (91) of people were infected with dengue virus in the city in January this year while 58 cases were reported in February, followed by 33 in March and 72 in April this year, according to the data provided by the National Health Crisis Management Centre and Control Room of the Director General of Health Services

July 22, 2017
Dhaka Tribune
July 21, 2017
Financial Express

113 malaria cases set alarm bells ringing in Delhi

With monsoon approaching, people in the city have another health worry — malaria. The city has already witnessed 113 cases of the diseases, while the numbers of dengue cases have inched close to 100. According to a corporation data released on Tuesday, the number of chikungunya cases recorded stand at 149. Of the 113 people affected by malaria, 70 belonged to Delhi, while the rest were traced to other states. Officials said at least 40 malaria cases have been recorded this month alone

June 28, 2017
Times of India, The Quint, Hindustan Times

Dengue cases in Bengaluru shoot up by nearly 1,000 over a month

Dengue cases increased from 541 in the first week of May to 1,425 till Thursday. Chikungunya saw a spike from 132 in the first week of May to 284 till Thursday. As many as 21 fresh cases of chikungunya were confirmed on Thursday. The silver lining is the fact that there have been no deaths in the state so far

June 23, 2017
New Indian Express

First Chikungunya-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found in Brazil

While more than 13,000 cases of Chikungunya viral disease were reported in Brazil in 2015, scientists had never before detected the virus in a captured mosquito in this country. Now, researchers have identified a mosquito -- caught in the Brazilian city of Aracaju -- that`s naturally infected with the East-Central-South-African (ECSA) genotype of Chikungunya. Four strains of mosquitoes were captured, with Culex quinquefasciatus the most common, making up 78.2%, and Ae. aegypti making up 20.2% of the mosquitoes. One female Aedes aegypti mosquito was identified as carrying CHIKV and when the genome was sequenced, it was found to be the ECSA genotype

June 22, 2017
Science Daily

Dengue, chikungunya cases on the rise - Karnataka

According to sources, the number of dengue cases reported in the district are 94, including 35 in Chitradurga taluk, 13 in Challakere, 18 in Hosadurga, 12 in Holalkere, five in Molkalmuru and five in Hiriyur taluk. The number of chikungunya cases reported in the district are 42. Of these, 31 cases are reported in Chitradurga taluk, one in Challakere, two in Hosadurga, five in Molkalmuru and three in Hiriyur

June 21, 2017
The Hindu

488 malaria cases in 17 days of June

At a time when the civic body and the state government have intensified their efforts to destroy mosquito breeding sites and curb spread of vector-borne infections, malaria cases appear to be on the rise. According to data of the civic body, Ahmedabad registered 488 cases of malaria in the first 17 days of June. AMC health officials have also confirmed that they have received complaints of polluted water supply from at least 10 areas in the city. The weekly health report of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) states that six more cases of vector-borne infections including four cases of dengue and one each of chikungunya and falciparum malaria were also registered during this period

June 20, 2017
Times of India

Robust Emergency Fund Needed to Respond to Future Disease Outbreaks

Creating a similar “rainy day” fund—and providing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with permission to use it in advance—could save lives and money, both at home and overseas. There have been some moves in this direction. President Donald Trump`s general budget proposal for 2018 includes such a fund. But it does not give any dollar figures, and the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives in May cuts at least $1 billion from annual public health funding

June 20, 2017
Scientific American

146 Chikungunya, 87 Dengue Cases in Delhi Before ‘Season’ Starts

Nearly 150 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year, with 9 of them being recorded this month, even as authorities gear up to combat the outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Eighty-seven cases of dengue have also been reported till 17 June, according to a municipal report

June 20, 2017
the quint

146 cases of chikungunya, 87 of dengue in Delhi

Nearly 150 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year, with 9 of them being recorded this month, even as authorities gear up to combat the outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Ten dengue cases have been reported this month till June 17, while eight cases were recorded in May, according to the report by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) which tabulates such cases on behalf of all the civic bodies of the city

June 20, 2017
Business Standard

Chega a quase 400 nº de casos confirmados de febre chikugunya em RR

The state of Roraima has 398 confirmed cases of chikungunya, however, it only had 23 cases a year ago. Around 99% of the cases are centred on the capital Boa Vista. In 2017 there have been 1,660 suspected cases of chikungunya fever reported during the first six months of the year, far higher than in 2016 when only 282 suspected cases were reported

June 13, 2017

LG Baijal wants weekly report on dengue fight

Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal met chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday to assess preparedness to prevent an outbreak of dengue and chikungunya in the city. Despite high temperature, Delhi has reported nearly 100 chikungunya and 40 dengue cases over the past five months and officials fear that the numbers may increase significantly following the monsoon season

June 8, 2017
Times of India

Delhi corporation brainstorms to fight dengue and chikungunya

South Delhi Municipal Corporation held a special house meeting on Tuesday to discuss the action plan for prevention of vector-borne diseases, but with around 40 cases of dengue and 97 cases of chikungunya reported across the capital this year, the Corporation claimed everything was under control and there was nothing to worry about

June 7, 2017
Times of India

Este ano, casos de dengue aumentaram 71% em Cuiabá

Dengue cases in Cuiaba have increased by 71% year-on-year. According to health authorities, there were 1,157 cases during the first five months of last year while there have been 1,984 cases this year. There have been reports of 200 probable cases of chikungunya and Cuiaba authorities are on high alert for more

June 4, 2017
CenarioMT, ExtraMT
June 2, 2017
Mato Grosso Mais

Ceará tem nível epidêmico de dengue, zika e chikungunya em 60% dos municípios

The Brazilian state of Ceara has cities with more than 600 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, way above the WHO epidemic threshold of 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The latest epidemiological bulletin confirmed dengue and chikungunya as having killed 25 people this year, with 20 of them in Fortaleza. There have been 64,031 fever like infections reported in the state and 25,533 cases have seen the disease confirmed

June 3, 2017
June 2, 2017
Diario do Nordeste, Diario do Nordeste

Guangdong reports 8 imported Chikungunya fever cases

A total of eight chikungunya fever cases have been reported since April in south China’s Guangdong province, according to local authorities. The eight people, all from South Asia, were found to be infected with Chikungunya virus at Guangzhou Baiyan International Airport, according to the Guangdong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau

June 2, 2017
June 1, 2017

Nearly 100 cases of chikungunya in Delhi, 40 of dengue

At least 96 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year, with 10 of them being recorded this month, just as authorities are gearing up to combat any outbreak situation of the vector-borne disease. As many as 4,431 cases of dengue were reported up till the end of 2016. To date, there have been 40 cases of dengue according to municipal authorities

May 29, 2017
India TV

Casos de chikungunya aumentam 88% em um mês em todo País

The number of chikungunya cases across Brazil increased by 88% in just a month from 43,010 to 80,949 suspected cases, according to the latest epidemiological report, despite this increase, numbers are still lower than last year when 179,026 cases were recorded. There have been 13 deaths so far, in the whole of 2016 there were 196 deaths from the disease. The highest concentration of cases is in the north east region of the country

May 27, 2017
Agora Litoral

Honduras: Casos de dengue suman 1,800 en primer trimestre

Overall there have been 2,200 cases of dengue, zika and chikungunya during the first part of 2017, whereas numbers are dramatically down for zika and chikungunya for last year, when chikungunya registered tens of thousands of cases, this year it has only seen 200 cases. Only dengue has increased year-on-year and remains stubbornly high

May 26, 2017
El Heraldo

More than half of the municipalities of Ceará have arbovirus epidemics: dengue, chikungunya and...

In the Brazilian state of Ceara, 93 of the 184 municipalities say they are recording an epidemic level of arboviruses – dengue, chikungunya and zika, according to the latest epidemiological bulletins. Calculations on the ground put the infection rate at around 943.5 incidences per 100,000 inhabitants, well above the WHO threshold to define an epidemic which is 300 incidences per 100,000

May 22, 2017

Minas Gerais tem mais de 15 mil casos prováveis de chikungunya em 2017

Minas Gerais state has registered 15,693 probable cases of chikungunya in 2017, according to a department of health bulletin. Eleven suspicious deaths are being investigated and so far this year, the number of probable cases has increased more than 3,000% over the same period last year. In terms of dengue, Minas Gerais has recorded 24,557 cases, the lowest number for the first five months since 2013. Two deaths confirmed and a further 18 investigated. Minas Gerais has 753 probable cases of zika, with the number slightly higher for the first five months last year than this

May 22, 2017

Chikungunya cases up to 92, dengue cases reach 38 in city

With three more cases of chikungunya during the last week, a total of 92 cases have been reported this year so far. Meanwhile, an additional six new cases of dengue have been registered, taking the tally to 38 in the capital this year, according to a municipal report

May 22, 2017
Millennium Post

HC slams Delhi for lack of campaign on dengue, chikungunya

The Delhi High Court slammed local government in Delhi for its failure to launch a public awareness campaign about mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya, their symptoms and treatment. Last week the court pulled up the government for celebrating National Dengue Day on May 16 without taking a single step to prevent it

May 22, 2017
India.com, Siasat.com
May 23, 2017
Times of India

Febre chikungunya já matou oito no Estado

Brazil – Chikungunya has killed eight people in Ceara since the start of 2017. In addition to the deaths there have been 47,591 reports of possible chikungunya, of which 16,185 cases have been confirmed. Overall, the tally of the three principal diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Ceara now stands at 24,000 people across the state according to health authorities

May 20, 2017
Diario do Nordeste

10,000 fever cases reported since Jan 2017; CMO sets up health camps across Meerut

The district of Meerut has registered 10,000 cases of fever since January. A majority of the 10,000 fever cases this year have been recorded as fever unknown origin, although efforts are being made to probe the causes of the fever. The health camps are in urban and rural areas to take samples, conduct tests and gather statistics on dengue or chikungunya

May 17, 2017
Times of India

69 casos de dengue y lo peor está por venir

Tamaulipas health authorities confirmed they had an outbreak of 69 confirmed cases of dengue, 6 cases of zika and one case of chikungunya. The health team warned that these numbers are only likely to rise as the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, asking the population to keep places clean that could become breeding bolt holes for mosquitoes

May 17, 2017

Roraima: Casos confirmados de chikungunya crescem 2.325% em 2017, diz Sesau

The Roraima health department said they have seen a growth of 2,325% in confirmed chikungunya cases from January to April 24 this year, when compared to numbers for the same period last year. In 2016 the state saw 4 cases of the disease, now there are 95 cases, so the state government is calling this an epidemiological outbreak

May 17, 2017
Ariquemes Online

Chikungunya viral disease spreads fast in Dhaka

Bdnews24 has been told by the Bangladesh government’s disease monitoring arm (IEDCR) that chikungunya is spreading across Dhaka on the back of the sporadic rains. Bdnews24 was not told a number but was told the figure is far higher than official figures as they often do not get all the samples and some cases do not seek the necessary treatment or can be misdiagnosed

May 16, 2017

89 chikungunya cases reported so far

Delhi has already recorded 89 cases of chikungunya so far this year, while there had been no cases of the disease before July last year, according to health data released on Monday. As per this report, there were 89 cases of chikungunya, 36 cases of dengue and 15 cases of malaria as of May 13

May 16, 2017
The Hindu, Arunchal Times
May 15, 2017
Millennium Post

Casos de chikungunya no Ceará somam 13 mil entre janeiro e maio

Chikungunya fever cases in Brazil’s Ceara region are continuing to rise. From January to the second week of May more than 13,000 cases had been confirmed. In 2016, Ceara Health Department classified the chikungunya outbreak as an epidemic with 31,000 confirmed cases. Fortaleza accounts for more than half the cases and this year Fortaleza has seen 8,000 cases 

May 15, 2017
Radio Agencia Nacional

Chikungunya: epidemia vai se agravar até junho

Ceara - the chikungunya epidemic will severely worsen between now and June, according to experts. In the last health department bulletin there were 13,312 confirmed cases, including five deaths. But, as experts indicated, a large number of cases do not go to the doctor for diagnosis and it is difficult to diagnose the disease by prognosis alone 

May 13, 2017
Diario do Nordeste
May 12, 2017
Tribuna Ceara

BH tem mais de 30 casos de chikungunya confirmados em 2017

Belo Horizonte health authorities said that there have been 38 confirmed cases of chikungunya in 2017 to date with 13,342 probable cases of the disease, this represents an increase of 4,373% over the same period last year. Belo Horizonte has seen 474 cases of dengue to date, with 1,580 cases still under investigation. Nine cases of Zika have been confirmed in the capital of Minas Gerais and a further 15 cases are under investigation

May 12, 2017

Secretária da Saúde confirma que Fortaleza já vive uma epidemia de chikungunya

The health secretary for the Brazilian city of Fortaleza confirmed that the capital is going through an epidemic of chikungunya during an interview with Radio Tribuna. Official data indicates that there have been more than 11,000 cases reported of which 5,000 have been confirmed

May 12, 2017
Tribuna Ceara

Casos prováveis de chikungunya passam dos 13 mil em Minas Gerais

In 2017, to date, there have been 13,342 probable cases of chikungunya recorded in Minas Gerais, of which 74 are linked to pregnant women. According to the local health authorities, this number represents an increase of over 4,373% over the same period last year. Eleven suspicious deaths are being investigated. The number of probable dengue cases in Minas Gerais is 22,793, according to the local health secretary

May 9, 2017
G1.Globo.com, Hoje Em Dia, em.com.br

Sindh orders import of Chikungunya diagnosis kits

The newly appointed health reporting chief, Dr Masood Solangi, said that hundreds of patients in the area are suspected as having chikungunya viral disease. He is tasked with coordinating with all departments to eradicate the disease. Reports suggest the government has ordered 20,000 chikungunya diagnosis kits from Finland for timely diagnosis and treatment of the disease which is rampant in various localities, especially Karachi. Recent visits from WHO experts brought the poor performance of the regional health authority to a head

May 9, 2017
Ary News

Aumentan casos de zika, chikungunya y dengue en Costa Rica

Costa Rican ministry of health data reveal 142 cases of Zika confirmed in the first 13 weeks of 2017, with a possible 686 further cases. In the same period authorities saw 122 cases of chikungunya, far lower than a year earlier. Figures for dengue were down to 940 confirmed cases out of 6,396 possible cases in the first 90 days of the year. This is down from 22,361 cases last year

May 7, 2017
Radio La Primerisima, Radio Habana Cuba, Prensa Latina

Número de casos de febre chikungunya mantém crescimento

During 2017 there have been 33,371 suspected cases of chikungunya fever reported in the state of Ceara. Of these, 10,592 have been confirmed, according to an epidemiological bulletin. The disease confirmation rate is 31% higher than it was when reported on April 28th this year. In turn, dengue saw 6,105 cases, up from 4,988 in the previous health bulletin. There have been 1,050 suspected cases of Zika with 120 confirmed

May 5, 2017
Diario de Nordeste

Registra estado 60 casos de dengue

Reynosa health authorities have announced that the town has 60 cases of dengue fever, one chikungunya and six cases of Zika and that it is working tirelessly to bring these outbreaks under control

May 3, 2017
La Tarde

Who will be held liable for dengue, chikungunya outbreak, asks HC

The Delhi High Court asked the government and civic agencies to name the officers who would bear responsibility for combating the outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya that have occurred in the national capital. As of today, 86 cases of chikungunya and 32 cases of dengue have already been reported this year and the figures look likely to rise

May 2, 2017
Daily Pioneer, Times of India
May 1, 2017
PTI News
April 30, 2017
The Hindu

Tambogrande: confirman 59 casos de dengue y 43 de chikungunya

These confirmed Tambogrande cases are part of a total of 839 cases, where people have fallen sick and whose cases are now being examined in laboratory tests in Lima. The majority of people infected are youngsters and adults between the ages of 15-49. Health authorities also confirmed there are 14 cases of leptospirosis in the region

May 2, 2017
El Regional Pura

Casos prováveis de chikungunya ultrapassam os 11 mil em Minas Gerais

So far this year, 11,696 probable cases of chikungunya have been recorded, according to a state health bulletin, and 11 suspicious deaths are being investigated. Probable cases of dengue in 2017 in Minas Gerais now stands at 21,891, one death has occurred, and another 18 are being investigated. Probable cases of Zika in Minas Gerais stand at 594, with most cases having occurred during February and March

May 2, 2017
May 3, 2017
Portugal Digital
May 2, 2017
Hoje Em Dia

Mais de 20 casos de chikungunya são confirmados em BH, diz Secretaria Municipal de Saúde

More than 20 cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in Belo Horizonte, the state of Minas Gerais has gone on alert with regards to the possible future spread of the disease

April 28, 2017
G1.globo.com, Hoje Em Dia, O Tempo

Cunene: Angola regista quatro milhões de casos de malária em 12 meses

The Angolan minister of health told reporters the country recorded 4m cases of malaria in the last twelve months which resulted in 15,000 deaths across the country’s 18 provinces. Malaria continues to be one of the highest causes of morbidity in the country, particularly amongst children under five and pregnant women

April 25, 2017
Agencia Angola Press, Observador, Impala

Epidemias no dan tregua en Nicaragua

In Nicaragua malaria cases continue to increase, there were 111 new cases last week, and to date there have been 1,759 malaria cases for the year – this is up on the same period in 2016 when there were 1,314 cases. There were seven deaths from pneumonia and there have been 38,039 cases so far this year. Also recorded were 41 cases of dengue and 6 cases of leptospirosos, an illness that has hit 187 people so far this year

April 25, 2017
La Prensa

Virus mayaro u oropuche podría afectar a los piuranos

Piura health authorities are suggesting that an unknown virus may have become virulent since the recent floods and could be circulating. The Regional Health Directorate said it could be the Mayaro virus or Oropuche, both of which offer symptoms that are very similar to dengue

April 24, 2017
Diario Correo

Más de 240 casos de dengue se han reportado en Machala

More than 240 cases of dengue have been reported in the Ecuadorian city of Machala along with 5 cases of Zika and 1 Chikungunya, during the first three months of the year, health authorities said

April 21, 2017
Diario Opinion, Noticias Anotao

Casos de dengue, chikungunya y zika van en aumento

The health chief in the town of Villa Montes in south-eastern Bolivia said he was particularly concerned about the sharply rising number of dengue, chikungunya and zika cases in this region. To date the region has 406 recorded cases of dengue, with some 18 confirmed a day earlier. There are 163 suspected cases of chikungunya and 29 suspected zika cases, two of which have been confirmed during the last week

April 18, 2017
El Pais
April 17, 2017

56 more Chikungunya cases reported in Karachi

As many as 56 more cases of chikungunya viral fever were reported in Karachi city, taking the reported cases to 1,639 in the city since the start of the year. The majority of the suspected cases have been in Saudabad, Orangi, Bin Qasim and Lyari Town

April 18, 2017
PPI News

Espírito Santo registra 465 casos suspeitos de Chikungunya em quatro meses

The Brazilian state of Espirito Santo reported 465 suspected cases of chikungunya in the period from January 1st to the end of last week. This is almost at a par with last year’s figures which stood at 497 cases. Chikungunya has been recorded in 11 municipalities and there are some suspected cases as yet unconfirmed

April 13, 2017
Folha Vitoria

Paraguay reports 116 confirmed cases of dengue

Paraguayan Health Department said it is seeing 500 cases of infectious diseases linked to the Aedes aegypti mosquito per week. It confirmed 116 cases of dengue and 288 probable, 4 cases of chikungunya and 2 cases of probable Zika. There are also cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome and flu

April 12, 2017
ABC Paraguay
April 11, 2017
ADN Paraguayo, Radio 1000.com, Hoy.com

Piura; Now the region has registered its sixth dengue victim as another two die

The number of dengue victims in Piura continued rising with another death bring the total to six for the year to date. Health authorities said there has been 746 cases to date and a possible 3,000 cases, which have also seen the spread of zika and chikungunya

April 12, 2017
Peru21, Diario Correo, La Republica

Delhi: 79 chikungunya, 24 dengue cases reported in 2017, according to SMDC data

At least 79 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the national capital this year, revealed a report on vector borne diseases by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). The data also revealed that 24 cases of dengue have been reported in the capital in the last three months. Of these, 11 patients had acquired the infection from one of the neighbouring states, the report states

April 11, 2017
Indian Express
April 10, 2017
Business Standard, PTI News

Piura - the number of confirmed cases of dengue has risen to 707 which is 20% of all Peru

There are now 707 confirmed cases of dengue in Piura province which represents 20% of all the cases that exist to date in the country. The areas of Piura, Sullana and Tambogrande are the most affected places. Minsa also reported there are a possible 3,161 case of dengue in the region as yet unconfirmed

April 9, 2017
El Comercio , Pan Americana

Número de casos de febre chikungunya no Ceará dobra em uma semana

According to a Brazilian Ministry of Health report the state of Ceara has the highest incidence of Chikungunya disease in the country, with 4,735 probable cases up to March 13th. This is worrying authorities as in 2016 there were only 912 cases of chikungunya throughout the whole year

April 4, 2017
Globo.com, Diario do Nordeste

CHIKUNGUNYA, DENGUE E ZIKA: Roraima registra aumento alarmante de casos

In relation to chikungunya cases, Roraima went from 3 to 189 in the first 10 weeks of this year. For dengue, Roraima jumped from 51 cases to 251. Then for zika Roraima saw a jump from 51 cases to

March 31, 2017
Folha Web

Casos de chicungunha avançam 23,4% ao longo de uma semana em PE e levam à investigação

In little more than a week Pernambuco has registered a 23.4% increase in Chikungunya cases, it is now being found in 73 of the 184 districts within the state, as well as the Fernando de Noronha archipelago. Health authorities taking note of the increase have decided to send experts to investigate further 

March 28, 2017
Casa Saudavel

‘Balochistan coastal towns again hit by chikungunya’

Chikungunya resurfaced in the Balochistan coastal towns of Gwadar and Pasni and as many as 472 patients were suspected to have contracted the disease in Gwadar district alone over the past two months, a report jointly compiled by the World Health Organization and the local health department confirmed

March 27, 2017
Tribune Pakistan, Balochistan Express

BH tem quase 300 casos de dengue em 2017, segundo PBH

In Brazil, the Belo Horizonte region has recorded 300 cases of dengue this year, with a further 2,174 reported cases still awaiting test results, according to local health officials The eastern and north eastern regions saw higher suspected dengue cases, 460 and 461 respectively, according to health officials 

March 26, 2017
Hoj Em Dia

Genetically modified mosquito use under consideration in Houston

Officials are considering releasing GM mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against insects known to carry diseases such as the zika virus. Harris County officials are negotiating with Oxitec to release mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered to produce offspring that die

March 21, 2017
CBS News, Tech Times

Sixty chikungunya cases in Delhi

At least sixty cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year, with almost half of them registered in March, even as the season for this vector borne disease ended in December

March 20, 2017
Press Trust of India

Reportan 180 casos de dengue mientras se investiga muerte de una persona

The Lambayeque region of Peru saw a jump of 180 cases of dengue fever, with 160 in the district of Tuman, which has failed to get the outbreak under control in partly due to the intense rain Peru has been suffering from  

March 18, 2017
RPP Noticias
March 19, 2017
El Comercio

Chikungunya provoca doenças irreversíveis nos olhos e membros inferiores

A recent Brazilian study said Chikungunya disease causes eye injury with significant lesions in the retina and the optic nerve leading to a decrease in vision. There was also evidence indicating joint problems as well

March 18, 2017

Casos de chinkungunya aumentam em mais de 350% em Minas Gerais; morte é investigada

Cases of Chikungunya leapt by 350% in Minas Gerais. The first four months of the year there were 2,296 suspected cases, as opposed to 501 last year

March 17, 2017
Bahia Noticias, Exame, Agencia Brasil

Mosquitos infectados para atacar dengue alborotan polémica en Medellín

GM mosquitoes which have been bred to attack dengue and other diseases by the University of Antioquia in Colombia are being released in an experiment to see if they can control the mosquito borne viruses affecting the district. The project is facing some criticism as it appears to not be following WHO guidelines and using smaller scale studies, according to its critics

March 16, 2017

12 new chikungunya cases reported, toll rises to 39

As many as 12 new chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi this week, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 39 this year. In the corresponding months last year, there were no cases at all

March 7, 2017
DNA India

Outbreak of chikungunya in Pakistan

Chikungunya is now spreading explosively in Karachi, reports The Lancet 

March 7, 2017
The Lancet

128 cases of waterborne diseases in Ahmedabad

Around 128 cases of waterborne disease were reported in Ahmedabad, up to the end of last week, according to data provided by the local health department 

March 7, 2017
Times of India

Reportan 40 muertes a causa de dengue hasta el 25 de febrero en Malasia

The number of reported deaths from dengue in Malaysia, up to 25th February, was forty, slightly lower than last year when it was fifty-four, according to the ministry of health

March 6, 2017

Com mais de 140 casos de suspeita de dengue, Ji-Paraná entra em alerta

Globo Brazil reports that there are more than 140 suspected cases of dengue fever (30 confirmed) in Ji-Parana and the city is on a state of alert for more, with 19 suspected zika cases and a further 15 chikungunya

March 6, 2017

Reportan un caso sospechoso de dengue hemorrágico en el distrito de Coishco

The Preuvian director of health for the Pacific North region said she knew of a new suspected case of hemorrhagic dengue fever, and there may be a further case. There were also five cases of dengue detected 

March 6, 2017
Chimbote en Linea
March 4, 2017
Diarreo Correo

Ecuador: Casos de dengue y zika con repunte en últimas semanas en Guayaquil

Cases of dengue and Zika have leapt in recent weeks in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil. Dengue cases grew by 11.3% while cases of zika shot up by 150% in Zone 8 

March 5, 2017
Entorno Inteligente

Paraíba tem 943 casos suspeitos de microcefalia desde 2015, diz Saúde

In Paraiba state, there has been 943 suspected cases of microcephaly since 2015, according to the health department.

March 2, 2017
G1.Globo.com, Paraiba Online

Health systems

Rs 600 cap on dengue, malaria tests

Indian hospitals and medical laboratories charging exorbitant amounts in the name of tests for vector-borne diseases were issued a fresh notice by the health department that places a cap of 600 Rupees on all tests to diagnose dengue, chikungunya and malaria in the district

April 23, 2017
Times of India

Communicable diseases

Tamil Nadu not granting licence to private hospitals to screen the Zika virus

A health department official told The New Indian Express that some private hospitals had contacted them for a licence to screen Zika virus but the official said that if the license is granted, some private hospitals might misuse it to fleece patients. As per protocol, patients with complaints of fever and fatigue are to be tested for diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, malaria, jaundice, typhoid and leptospirosis. If doctors observe symptoms similar to dengue or chikungunya but tests are negative, blood samples are sent for the Zika test

July 12, 2017
The News Minute

More U.S. counties are finding mosquitoes that can spread Zika

With the summer mosquito season in full swing in many states, a new report shows a significant increase in U.S. counties across the South that have reported mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika and related viruses. Two types of mosquitoes are the primary transmitters of Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya viruses. Based on updated data collected through 2016, research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 38 additional counties — primarily in Texas but as far north as Illinois — documented the presence of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, Zika`s main vector. That`s an increase of 21 percent compared with an earlier 2016 survey

June 20, 2017
Washington Post, Miami Herald, USA Today, Newsweek

Delay in 'Made in India' chikungunya vaccine, researchers seek government intervention

India offers a rare ray of hope for an indigenously-made vaccine against chikungunya, but delay in finding volunteers is impeding its development. With chikungunya spreading very fast in the country, researchers are seeking urgent government intervention for speedy completion of the vital clinical trials. For the first time, an indigenously-developed vaccine against chikungunya has been developed and the first human trials are underway albeit on a slow pace. The novel vaccine candidate against chikungunya crossed a big hurdle last year when Bharat Biotech, a Hyderabad-based vaccine pioneer, got permission to start human trials and the first human subjects received the vaccine a few months ago

June 18, 2017
New Indian Express, Zee News

Aedes consegue transmitir zika, dengue e chikungunya na mesma picada, diz estudo

The Aedes aegypti mosquito can transmit Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya in the same bite, a new study by Colorado State University researchers indicates. The results were published in Nature Communications and researchers say they shed some light on how multiple viruses occur. They say the mechanism is still not fully understood and there needs to be further research work in this field

May 20, 2017
Gazetta Web, Diario do Nordeste, Bhaz.com

Si no puedes con el mosquito, inféctalo

El Pais reported on the Medellin project to eliminate dengue by inoculating a bacterium into mosquitoes (wolbachia) which shortens mosquito lives. They are most infectious at their final stages in the life cycle, so this process cuts the risk of the mosquitoes transmitting dengue, yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya. Wolbachia is transmitted from mothers to children, so all the mosquito offspring are unable to transmit to humans. If a male is the carrier and the female is not, the eggs are infertile. This theory was put into successful practice in Australia and now experiments are beginning in Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia

May 3, 2017
El Pais, Tele Medellin

‘28% patients have comorbidity’: Link with other diseases adds to chikungunya’s sting, say...

An AIIMS study revealed that chikungunya infection is associated with significant morbidity. The disease, due to comorbidity, can lead to neurological complications and multi-organ dysfunction. In cases of chikungunya, the presence of hypertension and diabetes makes a person more vulnerable to the vector-borne infection, the study found 

April 29, 2017
Indian Express

Concern over Zika leads WHO to go for pilot programmes

Growing concern internationally over Zika persuaded WHO to develop carefully planned pilot programmes accompanied by independent monitoring and evaluation. Oxitec trials show a reduction in mosquito populations of above 90%. But as critics point out, that does not necessarily lead to a similar level of disease reduction. Other factors may sustain infection even with a smaller number of insects 

April 25, 2017
Financial Express, Financial Times

Opinion: My vision for the WHO

One of the three candidates to become Director General of the World Health Organization talks to devex.com about his vision for the future of the World Health Organization should his campaign turn out successful

March 27, 2017

Peru reels from floods as it waits for end to brutal rainy season

The spectre of diseases thriving amid pools of stagnant water in flooded neighbourhoods is one of a raft of problems Peru faces as it waits for the end of an unusually brutal rainy season. More than 80 people have been killed and 110,000 people displaced in rain-related incidents since December, most of them this month after a sudden warming of Pacific waters off the coast unleashed torrential downpours in a damaging local El Nino phenomenon

March 23, 2017
March 24, 2017
La Prensa
March 27, 2017
Diario Correo, Peru Informa