Abstract We investigated an outbreak of exanthematous illness in Maceió by using molecular surveillance; 76% of samples tested positive for chikungunya virus. Genetic analysis of 23 newly generated genomes identified the East/Central/South African genotype, suggesting that this lineage has persisted since mid-2014 in Brazil and may spread in the Americas and beyond.

10th October 2017 • 0 comments

Advances in using Internet searches to track dengue

by Shihao Yang, Samuel C. Kou , Fred Lu, John S. Brownstein, Nicholas Brooke, Mauricio Santillana

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that threatens over half of the world’s population. Despite being endemic to more than 100 countries, government-led efforts and tools for timely identification and tracking of new infections are still lacking in many affected areas. Multiple methodologies that leverage the use of Internet-based data sources have been proposed as a way to complement dengue surveillance efforts. Among these, dengue-related Google search trends have been shown to correlate with dengue activity. We extend a methodological framework, initially proposed and validated for flu surveillance, to produce near real-time estimates of dengue cases in five countries/states: Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan. Our result shows that our modeling framework can be used to improve the tracking of dengue activity in multiple locations around the world.

4th August 2017 • 0 comments

The number of publications about dengue fever has grown strongly since 1960 reflecting strong growth in the number of global cases.  

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Abstract Background Chikungunya fever is a globally spreading mosquito-borne disease that shows an unexpected neu- rovirulence. Even though the neurological complications have been a major cause of intensive care unit admission and death, to date, there is no systematic analysis of their spectrum available.  Objective To review evidence of neurological manifesta- tions in Chikungunya fever and map their epidemiology, clinical spectrum, pathomechanisms, diagnostics, therapies and outcomes.  Methods Case report and systematic review of the litera- ture followed established guidelines. All cases found were assessed using a 5-step clinical diagnostic algorithm assigning categories A–C, category A representing the highest level of quality. Only A and B cases were con- sidered for further analysis. After general analysis, cases were clustered according to geospatial criteria for subgroup analysis. Results Thirty-six of 1196 studies were included, yielding 130 cases. Nine were ranked as category A (diagnosis of Neuro-Chikungunya probable), 55 as B (plausible), and 51 as C (disputable). In 15 cases, alternative diagnoses were more likely. Patient age distribution was bimodal with a mean of 49 years and a second peak in infants. Fifty per- cent of the cases occurred in patients <45 years with no reported comorbidity. Frequent diagnoses were encephali- tis, optic neuropathy, neuroretinitis, and Guillain–Barre ́ syndrome. Neurologic conditions showing characteristics of a direct viral pathomechanism showed a peak in infants and a second one in elder patients, and complications and neurologic sequelae were more frequent in these groups. Autoimmune-mediated conditions appeared mainly in patients over 20 years and tended to show longer latencies and better outcomes. Geospatial subgrouping of case reports from either India or Re ́union revealed diverging phenotypic trends (Re ́union: 88% direct viral vs. India: 81% autoimmune). ConclusionsDirect viral forms of Neuro-Chikungunya seem to occur particularly in infants and elderly patients, while autoimmune forms have to be also considered in middle-aged, previously healthy patients, especially after an asymptomatic interval. This knowledge will help to identify future Neuro-Chikungunya cases and to improve outcome especially in autoimmune-mediated conditions. The genetics of Chikungunya virus might play a key role in determining the course of neuropathogenesis. With further research, this could prove diagnostically significant. 

25th May 2017 • 0 comments

Dengue vaccine: WHO position paper

by World Health Organisation

World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on the use of dengue vaccine 

25th May 2017 • 0 comments

Dengue vaccination would be cost-effective in Brazil even with a relatively low vaccine efficacy in seronegative individuals

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2nd November 2016 • 0 comments

São João del Rei has recorded another death from dengue fever - the second in 2016 so far.

22nd August 2016 • 0 comments

Epidemiological bulletin showed the increase in the number of reported cases of dengue in Uberlândia. There were 1,862 new cases in three months. 

8th August 2016 • 0 comments

Review of articles on communication strategies for vector-borne diseases

22nd July 2016 • 0 comments

Strengthening integrated dengue surveillance, monitoring and response systems

14th June 2016 • 0 comments

Evaluation of NS1 antigen assay as an alternative to RT-PCR for the early diagnosis of dengue

11th June 2016 • 0 comments

Evaluation of rapid diagnostic test for dengue virus

8th June 2016 • 0 comments

Analysis of potential dengue vaccine impact in Yucatán Mexico.

31st May 2016 • 0 comments

Dengue and Yellow Fever viruses in Aedes mosquito populations in Zaria, Nigeria

by Ifraimu, D, Thaddeus T. Gbem, Sodangi A. L. and I. S. Ndams

A study of dengue and yellow fever viruses in mosquitoes in Zaria, Nigeria

20th May 2016 • 0 comments

Disease: Poverty and pathogens

by Michael Eisenstein

The growth of slums in the developing world's rapidly expanding cities is creating new opportunities for infectious disease to flourish and spread.

11th May 2016 • 0 comments

Vaccine efficacy alone is inadequate to capture the public health importance of vaccines.

5th May 2016 • 0 comments

Laboratory systems and diagnostic technologies are a critical pillar in the fight against malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends diagnostic testing for all people with suspected malaria before treatment is administered.

25th April 2016 • 0 comments

An estimate of the global economic burden of dengue by country and super-region 

18th April 2016 • 0 comments

This paper looks at the true cost of dengue fever

14th April 2016 • 0 comments