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Dengue Virus News Gathered from Medindia

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  • Patna: Fear of Dengue Outbreak in Waterlogged Areas

    In waterlogged Patna with 640 patients being tested positive mostly in the last four days, fear of a dengue outbreak is looming large, revealed sources. Unofficially, however, the number of dengue patients may be as high as 800.What worries health officials is the stagnant, stinking water that still remains a problem in the bposh residential localities of Rajendra Nagar, Patliputra and Gola Road following so many days of heavy rain. Many areas, however, are now free of waterlogging.Bihar Health ...

  • Florida: 3 New Dengue Cases Confirmed

    Three new cases of locally transmitted dengue had been confirmed in the Miami-Dade County, taking the total number to eight this year, said health authorities in the US state of Florida.In a statement on Friday, Florida''s Health Department said of the three cases, two "appear to be related", reports Efe news.The authorities had confirmed five such cases last month which led to the Department to alert people on taking measures to protect themselves from the mosquitoes that transmit dengue....

  • Dengue Outbreak Cases in UP; Principal Secretary Among Infected

    Nearly 433 people have been confirmed to be affected by dengue since January including Navneet Sehgal, principal secretary, Khadi Gram Udyog.Sehgal has been diagnosed with the vector-borne disease and is undergoing treatment at the King George's Medical University (KGMU).Chief medical superintendent, KGMU, SN Shankhawar, said, "On Thursday night, the principal secretary's health deteriorated. At the same time, his platelets were counted 10,000. For this reason, he has been admitted to the respiratory intensive care unit....

  • Nearly 61 Dengue Cases Reported From Lucknow in Just 4 Days

    In the past four days, nearly 61 denguecases have been reported in Lucknow. According to a report by the health department, the cases were reported from Saturday to Wednesday and have taken the tally to 811 since January in the city. The number is the highest for any city in Uttar Pradesh.Joint director, vector-borne diseases, Vikas Singhal, said that more than 4,000 dengue cases had been reported in the state since January.Of these, the maximum is from Lucknow, followed by Kanpur (700) and Allahabad (325)....

  • Increase in Dengue Cases, UP

    Lucknow, Nov 15 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh has been witnessing a rise in the number of dengue cases in this season. According to official records, 7,598 people have been afflicted with the vector-borne disease, while 13 deaths have been reported in this season.The state health department claims that six dengue patients have died in Lucknow, three in Kanpur, two in Barabanki and one each in Unnao and Hardoi.Sources , however, claim that the death toll due to dengue is much higher.Medical ...

  • Sustainable Way to Block the Transmission of Dengue Virus

    New effective and environmentally sustainable way to block the transmission of mosquito-borne dengue virus is reported in trials carried out in Malaysia.The breakthrough has major implications for countries with hot climates such as island nations in the South Pacific to Saudi Arabia, Africa and South America, all of which experience dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya.Using a strain of the bacteria Wolbachia, which inhibit mosquitoes from transmitting viruses to humans, researchers ...

  • New Ultra-sensitive Test for Dengue Virus Created

    Structurally designed DNA star was found to create a ultra-sensitive test for the dengue virus, said researchers. Published today in Nature Chemistry, this detection technique could be expanded to other viruses and adapted to kill the viruses it snares."This is more sensitive than any other way of detecting Dengue, beating the clinical test by more than 100 fold," said Xing Wang, the corresponding author of the study, an assistant professor of chemistry and member of the Center for Biotechnology ...

  • Plant Based Compound Improves Response to Dengue Vaccine: Study

    Plant-based compound called halofuginone improves the immune response to a potential vaccine against dengue virus, according to study published in iScience Signaling/i by researchers at the University of Hyderabad in India and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.Halofuginone tricks the body into thinking it is starving for amino acids, which activates a pathway that results in more, and better, antibodies that are better at neutralizing the virus.The compound could ...

  • Philippines Declares National Dengue Epidemic as Deaths Surge

    Dengue cases and deaths continue to surge in the Philippines, prompting the health department to declare the country's dengue outbreak a national epidemic.At least 146,000 cases were recorded from January to July 20, a 98 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to the Health Department.The epidemic has been declared so that officials can identify areas in need of emergency attention, the BBC reported."It is important that a national epidemic be declared in these ...

  • Dengue Kills Nearly 124 People in Central America: UN

    Around 124 people have died of Dengue in Central America among the nearly 127,000 cases, report the authorities in Central America."Children and adolescents are the most affected," OCHA said. "In Honduras, children under 15 represent two-thirds of confirmed deaths."The United Nations and humanitarian organizations are supporting government-led responses in Central America with medical supplies and equipment; community vector control and surveillance; door-to-door awareness campaigns ...

  • Recent Outbreak of Dengue across Bangladesh

    The current outbreak of dengue is spreading fast to the outlying districts paralleling with the people traveling from Dhaka to the different districts on the eve of Eid.At least 12,000 dengue patients have been hospitalised across Bangladesh between August 12 and 18, health officials said on Monday.Over the last one week, hospitals outside Dhaka were receiving more dengue patients than those in the capital, The Daily Star newspaper reported.In 24 hours as of 8 p.m. on Sunday, 972 dengue ...

  • Possible New Therapeutic Strategy for Severe Dengue Disease

    Nafamostat mesylate, a tryptase inhibitor, can treat severe dengue disease, according to the team of researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School.The dengue virus infects about 390 million people globally each year, causing substantial morbidity and mortality. While most patients experience dengue fever or a mild form of the disease, a small percentage develops dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF), the more severe occurrence of dengue wherein blood 'leaks' from ruptured blood vessels.This can lead ...

  • Zero Dengue Death Target in Delhi: Kejriwal

    Delhi government announced it would launch a campaign to fight dengue and chikungunya in the national capital as it aims to have zero deaths owing to vector-borne diseases this season.Making the announcement, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to give 10 minutes every Sunday towards curbing mosquito breeding in their homes.He said for 10 Sundays between September 1 and November 15 the peak season for the diseases he will check his own home at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes to ensure ...

  • Scientists Analyze People's Initial Immune Response to Dengue Fever

    Natural killer cells were found to be active shortly after dengue virus infection, saidKarolinska Institutet and Duke-NUS Medical School researchers. The findings of the study are published in Nature Communications.Researchers have come one step closer to understanding how our immune system responds to acute dengue fever, a disease that has affected hundreds of thousands of people in Southeast Asia this summer alone.Dengue virus is common in tropical and sub-tropical regions ...

  • Sri Lanka: Dengue Kills 62, Infects Over 42000

    Across Sri Lanka in the first eight months of this year, sixty-two people have died and over 42,000 were infected by the dengue virus, stated health officials.The Epidemiology Unit said it had identified five high risk districts including Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara and Ratnapura.Medical experts have urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they suffer from high fever, uncontrolled vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and reduced urinary."All fever patients need ...

  • Dengue Outbreak in Bangladesh Hits the 80,000 Mark

    Nearly 9,470 cases of dengue were reported in Bangladesh, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of dengue since January to over 80,000.The figures, reported by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the Ministry of Health on Saturday, showed that a total of 77,368 dengue patients returned home after receiving treatment from various hospitals across the country from January 1 to September 15 this year. A total of 527 fresh dengue cases including 156 in Dhaka were reported in the 24 hours till 8....

  • Dengue Death Toll Ups to 68 in Bangladesh

    In Bangladesh, the government has confirmed dengue death tolls to 68 since January, reported the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).According to the latest figure reported by the DGHS under the Ministry of Health, the deaths included two in April, six in June, 32 in July and 28 in August, Xinhua news agency reported.A total of 653 fresh dengue cases, including 193 in Dhaka were reported in the 24 hours till 8 a.m. (local time) on Monday, showed the DGHS data.It said 10,742 ...

  • Watch Out: Anemia can Spread Deadly Dengue Virus

    bHighlights/b:ul class="group-list punch-points"liDengue virus transmission is more likely whenmosquitoes feed on the blood of infected persons who are anemic and irondeficient/liliWhen mosquitoes bite and feed on the blood of a denguevirus infected person who is rich in iron, the gut cells of the mosquitotake up the ingested iron to produce reactive oxygen. This reactive oxygenkills the dengue virus within the mosquito and prevents further transmission/liliDengue ...

  • Dengue Outbreak Kills 27, Infects 44,000 People in Bengal

    Bengal is now facing an outbreak of dengue (a deadly mosquito-borne disease) which killed 27 people and infected nearly 44,000 cases.At least 27 people have died, and around 44,000 people afflicted with dengue in West Bengal this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told the state Assembly on Tuesday.She, however, claimed that the number of dengue-related deaths have gone down this year."Last year, 86 people had died of the disease. This year the number of deaths have come down to 27....

  • Stop Dengue: New Tool to Track the Global Spread of Dengue

    Newly designed tool can now predict the global spread of human infectious diseases such as dengue at their source. Hence, spotting a wide range of deadly mosquito diseases at their source could save millions of lives.A team of researchers at CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, QUT and Queensland Health has developed a new tool to predict the global spread of human infectious diseases, like dengue, and track them to their source.The tool draws on travel data from the International Air Transportation ...