Sigma-tau’s Antimalarial Awarded “Project of the Year” 2011 by Medicines for Malaria Venture | NEWS.GNOM.ES

Having received European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval in 2011, Eurartesim can now be used safely and effectively, and be deployed widely. The first shipment of 160,000 packages of Eurartesim to a malaria-endemic country were delivered to Cambodia in July this year, where it is hoped the medicine will help to delay the development of artemisinin drug resistance emerging in the region.

via Sigma-tau’s Antimalarial Awarded “Project of the Year” 2011 by Medicines for Malaria Venture | NEWS.GNOM.ES.

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Dengue fever infects more than 1,300 in Madeira, spreads in Europe | Vaccine News Daily

With more than 1,300 cases of dengue fever reported in Madeira since early October, Europe is dealing with its first sustained dengue fever transmission since the 1920s.

The mosquito-borne disease was found elsewhere in Europe in travelers returning from the Portuguese archipelago, including France, Sweden, Portugal, Britain and Germany. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control found that 25 cases of dengue were present in Europe outside of Madeira in a recent assessment, Reuters reports.

“Given the dramatic expansion of endemic dengue transmission globally over the last 20 to 30 years and the high number of visitors to Madeira, the outbreak is large and constitutes a significant public health event,” the ECDC said, according to Reuters.

via Dengue fever infects more than 1,300 in Madeira, spreads in Europe | Vaccine News Daily.


Dengue Report Shows 400+ Deaths in Latin America and Increasing Cases | The Costa Rica News

Dengue continues to claim lives so far this year in Latin America, where over 400 deaths and cases totaling nearly 161,000 infected.

via Dengue Report Shows 400+ Deaths in Latin America and Increasing Cases | The Costa Rica News.


Are Hemorrhagic-Encephalitis-Mosquito Borne Illnesses Spreading Globally | The Guardian Express

In case you were tired of worrying about spreading conflict in the Middle East… here’s something much less likely…

With ancient ice melting rapidly in Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic Ocean, will ancient mosquito eggs, and the associated viruses and parasites they may carry, be responsible for the obvious worldwide disease outbreaks of the last few years?

Glaciers in the European Alps have been melting as well, and this can’t be good either, as the Black/Bubonic Plague outbreaks of the 14th, 17th and 18th centuries were centered in Europe and Asia, and of Pandemic proportions.

via West Nile Virus: Are Hemorrhagic-Encephalitis-Mosquito Borne Illnesses Spreading Globally | The Guardian Express.


`Mosquito god` worshipped to ward off dengue

This sounds like a publicity stunt to get attention of government. Hope it works for them.

To ward off dengue and malaria fever, people in Jharkhand`s Bokaro district are offering prayers to the `mosquito god` to seek a shield against the life-threatening mosquito-borne diseases.

A big mosquito statue was installed at Chas a day earlier and a procession organised Monday by devotees who beat drums and chanted mantras to appease the winged god. …

“Hundreds of suspected dengue cases have been reported in the district. The health department is yet to wake up. We have sought a shield from the `mosquito god` and tried to appease it by installing a statute and worshipping it,” Rajendra Mahto, a district resident, told IANS.

via `Mosquito god` worshipped to ward off dengue.


Insect Video Contest Puts Small-Scale Drama in Focus – NYTimes.com

“Ants Africa” is the winner in the Open category in the 2012 YouTube Your Entomology Contest, a competition sponsored by the Entomological Society of America, which just ended its annual meeting in Knoxville. The entries in this category and others can be viewed online, along with videos from the past three years. The contest started in 2009, and the top winners receive $200 and a trophy.

via Insect Video Contest Puts Small-Scale Drama in Focus – NYTimes.com.


Videos That Creep and Crawl Toward Viral – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com

Each year since 2009, The Entomological Society of America has run a video contest for the best bug videos from their members. Here’s a selection from 2012. Warning: You better like bugs

via Videos That Creep and Crawl Toward Viral – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.