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West Nile Virus (WNV)

  • Scientists Develop a Method to Forecast West Nile Virus Outbreaks
    Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health are the first to report a method to accurately predict the timing and intensity of West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreaks. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications. Much like weather ...More
    February 24, 2017 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How West Nile Virus Triggers Memory Loss
    Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered how the most severe forms of West Nile virus cause memory loss and mood disorders, opening the door to potential new treatments for the mosquito-borne illness. The study, published in the ...More
    June 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance
    Florida mosquito control officials may learn to emulate Pinellas County’s mosquito-borne disease surveillance program and its response to a West Nile virus outbreak in 2005, a University of Florida entomologist says. “They have a top-notch mosquito surveillance ...More
    April 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Sandia's QUASR Enables Speedy, Accurate Detection of West Nile and Other Viruses
    Mosquitoes are deadly efficient at spreading disease. Despite vaccines and efforts to eradicate the pesky insects, they continue to infect humans with feared diseases like Zika virus, malaria and West Nile virus. Gaining the upper hand on mosquitoes requires speed. Their ...More
    March 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune Response Differences Might Determine Severity of West Nile Virus Disease
    While most West Nile Virus (WNV) infections in humans are asymptomatic and go unnoticed, the virus causes serious and sometimes fatal neurologic illness in some people. A study published on January 21 in PLOS Pathogens suggests that an exaggerated and abnormal immune ...More
    January 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • U.S. and Mexico Must Work to Prevent Future Outbreaks of Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases
    Despite the increasing risks of mosquito-transmitted epidemics in the United States and Mexico, policymakers in both countries have made little effort to prevent future outbreaks, according to a new policy brief by tropical-disease and science policy experts at Rice ...More
    December 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Peroxisomes Could Be Key to Stopping West Nile and Dengue Viruses
    A new discovery from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry could open the door to one day treat or prevent diseases caused by West Nile virus and Dengue virus infections. The research, published and featured in the December edition of the Journal ...More
    December 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus Infection
    Summertime means mosquitoes and West Nile virus season. An infected mosquito bite can make you or a family member sick with West Nile virus. Stay healthy by avoiding mosquito bites, especially from dusk to dawn when the mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are most ...More
    August 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mowing Dry Detention Basins Makes Mosquito Problems Worse
    A study of the West Nile virus risk associated with "dry" water-detention basins in Central Illinois took an unexpected turn when land managers started mowing the basins. The mowing of wetland plants in basins that failed to drain properly led to a boom in populations of ...More
    July 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • NIH-Funded Vaccine for West Nile Virus Enters Human Clinical Trials
    A clinical trial of a new investigational vaccine designed to protect against West Nile Virus infection will be sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The experimental vaccine was discovered ...More
    July 7, 2015 Posted in News
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