Cases of Rare But Deadly Encephalitis Rising Among Kids, Report Finds – US News and World Report

In 2012 alone, Massachusetts had seven documented cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, which is the highest number of infections reported since 1956. What’s more, the first human case ever in Vermont was reported in 2012. And, public health surveillance indicates that the virus that causes Eastern equine encephalitis may now have traveled as far north as Maine and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Results of the review are published in the February issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Ahmed said that better detection of the virus is at least part of the reason for the increasing numbers of people diagnosed with the disease, but he doesn’t believe that better testing accounts for all the new cases.

“There’s a sense that the activity of the virus has increased. People are living closer to habitats of mosquitoes in nature, and global warming is allowing mosquitoes to be active longer. Most mosquitoes thrive in warmer weather,” Ahmed said.

via Cases of Rare But Deadly Encephalitis Rising Among Kids, Report Finds – US News and World Report.


PIA | Philippine Information Agency | DOH, Maynilad launches anti-dengue mosquito trap

The mixture, placed inside a recycled plastic bottle, is composed of clean water, brown sugar and yeast which produces carbon dioxide that attracts the mosquitoes, trapping them in the device and killing them. This device can kill hundreds of mosquitoes within a period of two weeks before it needs replacement.

The DOH estimated that from January to October 2012, there was a 24.92 percent increase in dengue cases compared to the same period the previous year. Of the 132,046 cases reported nationwide during this period, 701 were fatal.

According to DOH-NCR Assistant Regional Director Adrian Subaan, a breakdown of the dengue cases by region showed that Metro Manila had the highest number, with 20.42 percent of the incidences; while the World Health Organization recently declared dengue as the fastest-spreading tropical disease in the world, infecting an estimated 50 million people in more than 125 countries. It had overtaken malaria as the most notorious mosquito-borne disease.

via PIA | Philippine Information Agency | DOH, Maynilad launches anti-dengue mosquito trap.


Bali causes WA dengue spike – The West Australian

A recent report by the Health Department and National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee urged travellers to take precautions against mosquito bites in South East Asia.

The researchers said though the number of Australians going to Indonesia, particularly from WA, had risen sharply in recent years, it did not completely explain the big increase in dengue fever in those returning.

They speculated the rise could be related to changes in the presence of dengue fever in places such as Bali or because tourists were behaving differently and putting themselves at greater risk of infection.

They also warned that dengue fever could become endemic in Queensland and the type of mosquito which carried the virus could move into northern parts of WA and the Northern Territory.

via Bali causes WA dengue spike – The West Australian.


allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Company to Protect Workers Against Malaria

Todi lauded the NGO, Common Heritage Foundation and other stakeholders like the World Bank, Modibbo Adama University, Michigan State University, and University of East Anglia involved in the research work and assured them of the continuous support and cooperation of the company on such issues bordering on the welfare of workers.

In his remarks on behalf of the team of researchers, Prof Oladele Akogun, said the research on how malaria infection influence labour productivity was carried out among sugar cane cutters at savannah plantation in Numan, Adamawa state and that malaria effect could affect workers productivity by 10 per cent.

via allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Company to Protect Workers Against Malaria.


allAfrica.com: Rwanda: Why Rwanda Won Anti-Malaria Awards (Page 1 of 2)

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday recognised Rwanda in two categories of ‘Policy’ and ‘Impact and Implementation’.

The nine countries were awarded based upon the data in the ALMA Scorecard for accountability and action and country quarterly reports.

In the Policy category, recipients of the awards are the leaders of countries that have increased progress in performance as observed for removal of tariffs on anti malarial commodities, ban status of oral artemisinin-based monotherapy and community case management of malaria and pneumonia

In the Impact and Implementation category, recipients of the awards are the leaders of countries that have made the best performance in operational long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) coverage, reduction in malaria mortality and tracer indicators for maternal and child health

via allAfrica.com: Rwanda: Why Rwanda Won Anti-Malaria Awards (Page 1 of 2).


Zambia wins top anti-malaria award

THE African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) has awarded Zambia a medal for its efforts in eradicating malaria and reducing malaria-related deaths.

And President Sata has dedicated the continental award to the people of Zambia for their efforts in combating malaria.

The award was presented by the  African Union (AU)  immediate past chairperson Yayi Boni who is President of Benin during the closing ceremony of the AU 20th Ordinary Session summit  on Monday night.

via Zambia wins top anti-malaria award.


Global travellers warned of spike in dengue fever – Yahoo!7

The medical director for International SOS for the Americas, Dr Robert Quigley, has been researching what he says could be an increase in the number of cases of the disease.

Although dengue is endemic in 110 countries around the world, Dr Quigley says he believes an increase in the number of travellers to endemic areas and a lack of understanding that dengue is found in urban and sub-urban areas is fuelling the increase in infection rates.

via Global travellers warned of spike in dengue fever – Yahoo!7.