Vector-Borne Diseases

  • April 7 is World Health Day 2014: Preventing Vectorborne Diseases
    More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than 1 billion people are ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Reports More Cases of Heartland Virus Disease
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with health officials in Missouri and Tennessee, have identified six new cases of people sick with Heartland virus: five in Missouri and one in Tennessee. The new cases, discovered in 2012 and 2013, are ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Research Lab Provides Tick Testing Service
    Medical zoologist Stephen Rich can’t wait to get his hands on your ticks. As head of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rich and colleagues collect thousands of ticks, dead or alive, extracted from people and pets and sent in ...More
    November 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Mosquitoes Smell You Better at Night, Study Finds
    In work published this week in Nature: Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health, led by associate professor Giles Duffield and assistant professor Zain Syed of the Department of Biological Sciences, ...More
    August 30, 2013 Posted in News
  • Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets Critical to Global Elimination of Filariasis
    An international team of scientists have demonstrated that a simple, low-cost intervention holds the potential to eradicate a debilitating tropical disease that threatens nearly 1.4 billion people in more than six dozen countries. The researchers, including Case Western ...More
    August 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Jordan Hospital Physician Helps Develop Blood Test for Newly Discovered Tick-Borne Illness
    Jordan Hospital announces that it is among the very first hospitals in Massachusetts and the United States to use a new blood test to identify the recently discovered deer tick-borne bacteria, Borrelia miyamotoi. It is the fourth recognized deer tick-borne infection of its ...More
    August 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Study Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus Tick by Tick in Painstaking Process
    When University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers set out to study Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, they faced a daunting challenge. The deadly virus requires biosafety level 4 containment, and it's carried by ticks. That meant that if scientists wanted ...More
    August 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Simple Precautions Can Help Ward Off EEE, West Nile Virus
    Every year reported cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile virus surface in communities around the country, raising concerns and questions about mosquito borne-illnesses. Despite reports that children and the elderly are at greatest risk, anyone can be ...More
    July 31, 2013 Posted in News
  • Black-Legged Ticks Linked to Encephalitis in New York State
    The number of tick-borne illnesses reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is on the rise. Lyme disease leads the pack, with some 35,000 cases reported annually. In the Northeast, the black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) that spread Lyme disease ...More
    July 15, 2013 Posted in News
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