Yellow fever in São Paulo Condition prompts vaccination campaign

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Two confirmed yellow fever cases in São Paulo Condition, South america (a place considered not in danger of yellow fever transmission) has prompted national government bodies to start vaccination campaigns and strengthening healthcare services and transporting out risk communication activities.

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Between This summer and mid-October 2017, as many as 71 suspected yellow fever cases were reported in São Paulo Condition, South america. Of those, two were confirmed, six they are under analysis, and 63 were eliminated. The 2 confirmed cases (one of these was fatal) were reported from Itatiba from 17 September through 7 October 2017.

Additionally, from This summer to early November, 580 epizootics in non-human primates (NHPs) were reported in São Paulo Condition, with a rise in the amount of cases reported from 10 September 2017. Of those, 120 were confirmed for yellow fever, 233 they are under analysis, 74 were considered undetermined, and 153 were eliminated.

Fundamental essentials first human installments of yellow fever which have been reported in South america since June 2017. These cases, alongside the appearance of epizootics within the urban section of São Paulo City as well as in municipalities which were formerly considered not in danger of yellow fever, really are a public health concern, based on the World Health Organization.

Although Brazilian health government bodies have quickly implemented a number of public health measures as a result of the wedding, including mass vaccination campaigns, it might take serious amounts of achieve optimal coverage during these areas because of the many susceptible individuals.

Presently, the amount of unvaccinated individuals São Paulo City remains high around ten million. If yellow fever transmission is constantly on the spread to areas which were formerly considered not in danger of yellow fever, making certain the supply of vaccine and applying control measures would pose significant challenges.

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Yellow fever vaccination campaign launched in Nigeria

Because the report of the yellow fever situation in Kwara Condition, Nigeria in mid-September, the federal government of Nigeria has launched an offer to immunize 873,837 people against yellow fever in the usa of Kwara and Kogi.

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10-day campaign started on Friday, 13 October 2017, and mobilizes greater than 200 health workers and volunteers. It targets residents aged 9 several weeks to 45 years of age.

“This campaign aims to make sure that people residing in high-risk areas are safe from yellow fever, and also to avoid the disease from distributing with other areas,Inches stated Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Nigeria Representative.

WHO has worked with health government bodies on its implementation in nine municipality areas in Kwara Condition and 2 in Kogi Condition.

Nigeria has requested support in the Worldwide Coordination Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever. A worldwide stockpile of six million doses from the yellow fever vaccine can be obtained for countries to gain access to, using the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

WHO and health partners happen to be supporting the Government’s reaction to the outbreak because the first situation of yellow fever was confirmed in Oke Owa Community, Ifelodun Municipality Section of Kwara condition on 12 September.

That has deployed experts to Nigeria to aid surveillance and analysis, lab testing, public health measures, and engagement with at-risk communities. An Urgent Situation Operations Center continues to be activated in the region to coordinate the response.

The final yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria was reported in 2002, with 20 cases and 11 deaths.

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Biological weapons in North Korea: Report outlines what’s known and unknown

North Korea’s military arsenal is really a hot subject today–nuclear and traditional. What is famous concerning the biological weapons (BW) program?

Researchers with Belfer Center for Science and Worldwide Matters in the Harvard Kennedy School partnered with intelligence firm AMPLYFI to look at these topics including policies and proposals for future years.

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The present status and the way forward for North Korea’s BW program remain unclear however, government statements, defector testimonies, and circumstantial evidence like the smallpox vaccination of North Korean soldiers that a minimum of previously, North Korea has held a desire for developing biological weapons.

North Korea is assumed to possess several pathogens in possession to include Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax), Clostridium botulinum (Botox), Vibrio cholerae (Cholera), Bunyaviridae hantavirus (Korean Hemorrhagic Fever), Yersinia pestis (Plague), Variola (Smallpox), Salmonella typhi (Typhoid Fever), Coquillettidia fuscopennata (Yellow Fever), Shigella (Dysentery), Brucella (Brucellosis), Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Rickettsia prowazekii (Typhus Fever), and T-2 mycotoxin (Alimentary Toxic Aleukia), the report notes.

The ROK Secretary of state for National Defense assessed that North Korea might even have abilities to weaponize them.

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What’s unknown is the extent that North Korea can weaponize biological agents. The newest statement produced by the South Korean Defense Ministry is the fact that “North Korea has 13 kinds of BW agents so it can weaponize within 10 days, and anthrax and smallpox would be the likely agents it might deploy.”

It is a puzzle whether North Korea has got the capacity to weaponize all 13 kinds of agents, and whether North Korea has the ability to create a mass stockpile of stabilized biological agents.

The report also discusses the way of delivery, procurement issues and also the credibility from the sources:

Mapping out an entire picture of North Korea’s BW capacity is restricted because of difficulties in knowing the credibility of sources. In addition, views and opinions could be subconsciously biased to sensationalize tales to be able to raise awareness. Since government assessments on North Korea’s BW program rarely disclose sources or include supporting analysis, the credibility of free details are hard to verify and also the analysis hard to replicate. Defector testimonies should be thought about carefully. A lot of the data on North Korea’s BW and it is testing on human subjects arises from defectors. This source is efficacious for the reason that it offers clues for areas that require further analysis, but it ought to be noted that some defectors also provide motives to embellish or fabricate details because of money in order to demonize its northern border Korean regime.

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Infectious disease collides with changing climate.

May 24, 2017

São João Pequeno, Brazil – Two years of drought had been hard on Valdemar Braun and his three grown sons. They lived in the hilly, picturesque Brazilian village of São João Pequeno, and when the rains quit, the coffee would not grow. The farmers were forced to sell some of their cows.

Then at last the showers returned, and 2017 dawned full of promise for the plantations.

Valdemar had given each son two alqueires of land (almost 11 acres). In mid-January, one son helped another clear out forest to plant more coffee.

Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Virlei Braun is shown with his wife, Franciele Casagrande Strehlow, in their wedding photo on display at his parent’s home in São João Pequeno, Brazil. Braun was a 30-year-old father of a toddler son when he died of yellow fever.

OUTBREAK

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Virlei Braun is shown with his wife, Franciele Casagrande Strehlow, in their wedding photo on display at his parent’s home in São João Pequeno, Brazil. Braun was a 30-year-old father of a toddler son when he died of yellow fever.

The portion of forest belonged to Edson Braun, who had recently divorced. He wanted to transfer the land to his ex-wife so that she could provide for their daughters. His brother, Virlei, agreed to help.

Virlei, 30, with pale blue eyes and a handsome face, had his own family to provide for: a wife and toddler son. On the day he went to help his brother, Virlei had already worked on the farm for 14 days straight. Never in his life had he been to a doctor for a health problem. 

That day in the forest, relatives believe, a mosquito bit Virlei.

In just 10 days, he would die, doctors desperately trying to lower his fever by packing his abdomen in ice, his mother crying out, “God, don’t take my son. Don’t take my son.”

“Go back home and help raise my child,” Virlei told her. “I’ve already put myself in the hands of God.”

***

Brazil, hit hard by the Zika virus in 2015 and 2016, is once again in the throes of a devastating mosquito-borne disease.

The illness that killed Virlei and at least 263 other Brazilians so far is yellow fever, a virus that can cause victims to vomit blood, suffer liver damage, and even descend into organ failure and coma. In some of Brazil’s forests, the virus recurs every six or seven years. 

The current outbreak is the nation’s worst on record; yellow fever deaths in the first four months of 2017 already exceeded all those from 1989 through 2008.

At the epicenter of this epidemic is a group of states that had just recovered from their worst droughts in 80 years. This intersection of drought and disease raises a complex and troubling question for scientists:

Is our changing climate contributing to flare-ups of infectious diseases?

“Yes, this is a factor that is present in our modeling,” says Márcia Chame, a researcher who has been examining the outbreak for the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.

But climate alone cannot account for Brazil’s latest bout with yellow fever, according to Chame, coordinator of the foundation’s biodiversity research unit.

Other contributors include the clearing of forests for farms and plantations, an activity that brings humans into areas thick with mosquitoes; the grinding rural poverty that makes insect repellent a luxury for many villagers; and the reluctance of many Brazilians to receive the yellow fever vaccine. 

Still, it is clear that the recent climate in the areas most affected by yellow fever — severe drought followed by rainfall — benefits the forest mosquitoes. Their eggs can survive dry weather in a state of suspended animation “for years and years,” according to Michael T. Osterholm, co-author of the new book, “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.” 

When rains do come, they unleash several years’ worth of mosquito offspring. Whether the current outbreak is linked to climate change “is unclear,” Osterholm cautions. “It wouldn’t surprise me, but I don’t think we can say that.”

So far, yellow fever has been confined to rural, wooded areas, mostly in four states on Brazil’s eastern flank: Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. But the virus has already spread much farther than in previous outbreaks, raising an unsettling possibility.

Yellow fever

Virus found mostly in Central and South America and Africa.

Transmission

Mosquito bite.

Geographic Regions

World Health Organization says the disease is endemic in 34 countries in Africa and 13 in Central and South America.

Symptoms

Three phases of symptoms. Some feel as if they have a cold — headache, fever, body weakness, lack of appetite. Those who progress to the second phase often find the fever stops around Day 6, followed by stomach pain in the area of the liver and yellowing of the eyes. Those in the most severe phase vomit blood, display dark-colored urine and yellowing skin and often require dialysis.

Cases and Death

Worldwide in 2013:

Between 84,000 and 170,000 severe cases

29,000 to 60,000 deaths

In the U.S.

Yellow fever is extremely rare.

Treatment

No antiviral drug. Doctors treat dehydration and kidney and liver failure.

Source: World Health Organization; Virus images: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Yellow fever

Virus found mostly in Central and South America and Africa.

Transmission

Mosquito bite.

Geographic Regions

World Health Organization says the disease is endemic in 34 countries in Africa and 13 in Central and South America.

Symptoms

Three phases of symptoms. Some feel as if they have a cold — headache, fever, body weakness, lack of appetite. Those who progress to the second phase often find the fever stops around Day 6, followed by stomach pain in the area of the liver and yellowing of the eyes. Those in the most severe phase vomit blood, display dark-colored urine and yellowing skin and often require dialysis.

Cases and Death

Worldwide in 2013:

Between 84,000 and 170,000 severe cases

29,000 to 60,000 deaths

In the U.S.

Yellow fever is extremely rare.

Treatment

No antiviral drug. Doctors treat dehydration and kidney and liver failure.

Source: World Health Organization; Virus images: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“If this thing takes off in the urban areas of Brazil, we’re in big trouble,” says Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Large cities, with their high densities of people and mosquitoes, can fuel an outbreak, just as dry tinder feeds a forest fire.

In late April, Brazilian authorities announced that the latest victim to die had lived just 35 miles from the city of Rio de Janeiro, population 6.3 million.

Experts say it is unlikely the U.S. will see a comparable outbreak of yellow fever, in part because air conditioning and window screens are commonplace, allowing us to keep mosquitoes out of our homes in hot weather. Still, any cases — even those brought here by travelers — could prove unnerving, especially since the currently-approved vaccine is in short supply.

Sanofi Pasteur, the sole manufacturer and supplier of the yellow fever vaccine to the U.S., is experiencing production delays as it moves to a new facility. The vaccine approved for the U.S. is likely to be unavailable from June 2017 until mid-2018, though the company says it has received FDA permission to distribute a different vaccine, unlicensed here, but used in 70 other countries. 

The U.S. has not experienced an outbreak of yellow fever in more than a century; the 1905 epidemic in New Orleans that killed more than 430 people was the last. Yet the past 20 years have seen the appearance or reappearance of several other mosquito-borne diseases in this country.

In 1999, it was West Nile virus, which arrived in the U.S. in New York and has since spread through almost the entire country.

In 2001, it was dengue fever, thought to have been eliminated from the U.S. 30 years earlier. Hawaii, Texas and Florida have all reported outbreaks of dengue, a virus that produces flu-like symptoms but can lead to severe illness and death.

Last year, it was the Zika virus making its first appearance in the U.S. in South Florida and Brownsville, Texas, a port city on the Mexican border.

Osterholm notes one parallel between Brazil’s latest bout with yellow fever and the appearance of West Nile virus in New York. “In 1999, when West Nile virus broke in the U.S., lack of rainfall favored the mosquito,” he says.

There is another parallel.

With West Nile, animals fell sick before humans did. Tracey McNamara, then-head pathologist at the Bronx Zoo, noticed crows dropping dead in and around the zoo. Soon afterward, doctors began seeing patients with symptoms resembling encephalitis, including fever, dizziness and fatigue. 

In Brazil, monkeys served as sentinels for the latest outbreak of yellow fever. In April 2016 — eight months before any people became sick — a single monkey was found dead on a farm in Montes Claros, about 530 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.

Even in areas where monkeys are plentiful, it is unusual to find one dead. Their bodies generally decompose quickly, or are consumed by scavengers.

In this case, health officials came to Montes Claros to collect the monkey’s remains for testing. Waldney P. Martins, a professor at Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros who studies monkeys, says it took four months to determine the cause of death.

Yellow fever. 

***

José Luis Machado, housekeeper for Fazenda Macacos, the “Farm of Monkeys,” was born just two miles away in the village of Itapina, which lies about 400 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro.

He has been there so long, he says, that he feels like part of the forest, much like the howler monkeys he used to watch feasting on mango leaves. A group of eight to 10 monkeys were permanent residents. They clambered through the trees. Sometimes their shouts could be heard clear across the Rio Doce, or Sweet River, a mile away. 

“This was full of monkeys,” Machado says, staring at a hollow of empty trees. Like many of the Brazilians interviewed for this story, he speaks through an interpreter.

“They were very happy,” he says. “They make the house happy too.”

But on this morning in early April, the house and forest are quiet.

The property’s owner found the first dead monkey on the last day of 2016. Soon after, Machado watched other monkeys fall ill.

“When they were already very sick,” he says, “they would fall down from the tree and die on the (forest) floor.”

Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

José Luis Machado, a housekeeper at Fazenda Macacos, looks upward into the trees where a group of eight to 10 monkeys had been permanent residents. Dead monkeys began appearing on the property in Itapina on the last day of 2016. “They would fall down from the tree and die on the (forest) floor,” Machado said.

About the same time Machado was watching the monkeys die in Itapina, University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Karen Strier was discovering that a similar tragedy had already played out on a reserve 140 miles to the west. 

In mid-January, the professor of anthropology arrived from Wisconsin to find an unnatural quiet in the reserve. In a place she has been coming to for more than 30 years, where she was accustomed to seeing hundreds of howler monkeys, she and her Brazilian colleagues saw fewer than a dozen.

“The forest was really, really different,” she says. “It was actually pretty terrifying.”

Back east in São João Pequeno, Valdemar Braun had also been wondering about the monkey population. Two dozen or so used to come right onto his covered porch to eat juicy guava.

“They have all disappeared,” he says.

Although he cannot remember precisely, he believes the monkeys vanished around the end of last year. Before his son Virlei grew ill and died.

***

The idea that climate and disease are related dates back at least 2,000 years to the Greek physician Hippocrates. He wrote:

“Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus: in the first place to consider the seasons of the year and what effects each of them produces … Then the winds, the hot and the cold, especially such as are common to all countries, and then such as are peculiar to each locality.”

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For some of the most serious diseases, including yellow fever, it is not so much the effect of climate on humans that matters; it is the effect on insects.

“There are some people that argue that global warming’s greatest threat may also be the smallest, and, of course what we’re thinking about are insect-borne diseases,” explains Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“And we all know that insects are cold-blooded, unlike us, and when the temperature changes a little bit, their body temperature changes with it.”

Decades of research has established that Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that carries yellow fever, Zika, dengue and chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates.

The mosquitoes are more active, reproduce more frequently and enjoy a longer breeding season, though there’s a catch. If the climate becomes too hot and dry it can shorten their lifespan.

In general, warmer temperatures also lead to smaller mosquito offspring which require more blood meals. In other words, they bite more. 

Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus show a similar sensitivity.

“Every degree above 70 degrees exponentially expands the mosquito’s ability to transmit West Nile virus,” says McNamara, the former Bronx Zoo official, now a professor of pathology at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

“Forget the cockroach inheriting the Earth. It’s going to be the mosquito.”

Changing climates around the world can influence diseases. Click on a disease for examples:

A viral disease that causes fever and severe joint pain, chikungunya is spread by mosquitoes, including Aedes albopictus. In the last 30 years, the mosquitoes have expanded to new areas with warmer temperatures. They are more active, breed more and bite more in warm weather. Since 2007, chikungunya, which was once found mostly in Africa, Asia and India, has caused outbreaks in Italy, France, Croatia and 45 countries or territories in the Americas.

Chikungunya

A bacteria that can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and severe shortness of breath. The bacteria form spores that protect them in frozen temperatures. Warmer temperatures, however, are believed to have caused a 75-year-old reindeer carcass to thaw, releasing anthrax that led to the death of a child and sickened 20 other people in Siberia last summer.

Anthrax

A skin disease caused by a parasite. The parasite is transmitted by sand flies, which like warmer weather. Like mosquitoes, the flies become more active in the heat and bite more. The disease has been found in Texas and Mexico, but appears to be expanding northward. Leishmania parasites have been found in Arizona, Oklahoma and Ohio.

Leishmaniasis

A disease which causes flu-like symptoms, hantavirus is carried by rodents and passed to humans. In the Southwestern United States, six years of drought reduced predators and early heavy rainfall led to a bumper crop of pinon nuts. The lack of predators and bounty of nuts was great for white-footed mice and deer mice, which in turn brought the hantavirus to the Southwest.

Hantavirus

A disease marked by symptoms that include headache, fever, rash, fatigue and in more serious cases damage to the heart and nervous system. It is caused by a bacterium transmitted by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Warming winter climates have given the ticks a longer growing season, and more time to find a host. Lyme Disease has expanded northward, but also to the south, indicating that factors other than climate change are also influencing its spread.

Lyme Disease

A disease marked by vomiting, fever and diarrhea and can lead to deadly dehydration. It is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Hotter temperatures and heavier rainfall spur the growth of the bacteria — with changes in the climate predicted to lead to more outbreaks.

Cholera

Changing climates around the world can influence diseases. Click on a disease for examples:

A viral disease that causes fever and severe joint pain, chikungunya is spread by mosquitoes, including Aedes albopictus. In the last 30 years, the mosquitoes have expanded to new areas with warmer temperatures. They are more active, breed more and bite more in warm weather. Since 2007, chikungunya, which was once found mostly in Africa, Asia and India, has caused outbreaks in Italy, France, Croatia and 45 countries or territories in the Americas.

Chikungunya

A bacteria that can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and severe shortness of breath. The bacteria form spores that protect them in frozen temperatures. Warmer temperatures, however, are believed to have caused a 75-year-old reindeer carcass to thaw, releasing anthrax that led to the death of a child and sickened 20 other people in Siberia last summer.

Anthrax

A skin disease caused by a parasite. The parasite is transmitted by sand flies, which like warmer weather. Like mosquitoes, the flies become more active in the heat and bite more. The disease has been found in Texas and Mexico, but appears to be expanding northward. Leishmania parasites have been found in Arizona, Oklahoma and Ohio.

Leishmaniasis

A disease which causes flu-like symptoms, hantavirus is carried by rodents and passed to humans. In the Southwestern United States, six years of drought reduced predators and early heavy rainfall led to a bumper crop of pinon nuts. The lack of predators and bounty of nuts was great for white-footed mice and deer mice, which in turn brought the hantavirus to the Southwest.

Hantavirus

A disease marked by symptoms that include headache, fever, rash, fatigue and in more serious cases damage to the heart and nervous system. It is caused by a bacterium transmitted by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Warming winter climates have given the ticks a longer growing season, and more time to find a host. Lyme Disease has expanded northward, but also to the south, indicating that factors other than climate change are also influencing its spread.

Lyme Disease

A disease marked by vomiting, fever and diarrhea and can lead to deadly dehydration. It is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Hotter temperatures and heavier rainfall spur the growth of the bacteria — with changes in the climate predicted to lead to more outbreaks.

Cholera

Already, warmer temperatures have helped mosquitoes settle into new regions. For example, Aedes albopictus, another of the mosquitoes that carries the viral diseases dengue and chikungunya, “has undergone a dramatic global expansion facilitated by human activities,” according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Found originally in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, Aedes albopictus, commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito, has spread into Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North and South America — largely in the last 30 years. The mosquito, first discovered in the United States in Houston in the mid-1980s, has since spread to 37 states, though not to Wisconsin.

Researchers believe the Asian tiger mosquito’s rapid advance has been fueled by international transport of old tires and bamboo, objects that retain water, making them ideal places for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

Once carried overseas, however, the mosquitoes are finding the warming climate to their liking. In a 2013 paper in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers said the Asian tiger mosquito “is poised to significantly expand its range in the northeastern United States in the next few decades primarily due to warming winter temperatures.”

Where the mosquitoes migrate, disease often follows.

In the summer of 2007, Europe experienced its first epidemic of chikungunya in northeastern Italy. In the years since, France and Croatia have experienced their own outbreaks. The disease, which causes fever and severe joint pain, had been found mostly in Africa, Asia and India.

In December 2013, chikungunya was detected for the first time in the Americas, on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Since then, the disease has been found in 45 countries or territories in the Americas, though it has rarely appeared in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And mosquitoes aren’t the only bearers of disease that flourish in warmer climates.

Sand flies, which transmit the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a skin disease, are also more active and take more blood meals in warmer temperatures.

Blacklegged ticks have prospered in the heat, aiding the northward expansion of Lyme Disease. Lyme cases in Canada have risen more than five-fold since 2009; Lyme cases in Wisconsin have doubled since 2000.

“The growing season’s longer. It’s great for ticks and not so great for human health, because if those ticks have another couple of weeks in which to find a host, then many more of them are likely to survive,” says Richard Ostfeld, senior disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and director of a study aimed at preventing tick-borne diseases.
 
In a 2005 paper in The New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard University tropical health expert Paul R. Epstein offered one example of how a change in climate can ripple through an ecosystem. Epstein described the arrival of a new disease with flu-like symptoms, carried by rodents and passed to humans:

“Six years of drought in the Southwest apparently reduced the populations of predators, and early heavy rainfall in 1993 produced a bounty of pinon nuts and grasshoppers for rodents to eat. The resulting legion of white-footed mice heralded the appearance of hantavirus in the Americas.”

Few scientists, if any, attribute the spread of these diseases to climate change alone. 

Studies suggest that other likely factors include global reductions in pesticide use and massive increases in waste plastics, such as bags, suitable for breeding by mosquitoes. In a larger sense, the growth and spread of the world’s population into rural areas is undoubtedly bringing more humans onto the turf of mosquitoes, ticks and other parasites and insects.

In Brazil, some point to another possible culprit for the current bout of yellow fever, though the theory is controversial. 

“(It is) due to the environmental disaster which happened in Mariana,” says Antônio Thadeu Tardin Giuberti, the health secretary for the municipality of Colatina.

He refers to the Nov. 5, 2015, dam failure at a mine in Mariana, 250 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. When the dam failed, a torrent of iron ore waste flooded the countryside, killing 19 people and contaminating the Doce River, the same river that flows past the villages where José Luis Machado watched the monkeys die and where Valdemar Braun lost his son.

While Giuberti also attributes the severe outbreak to low vaccination rates and the droughts, he says that the mosquito population rose sharply after the Mariana disaster. He believes the flood of waste material from the dam killed off frogs, the mosquito’s main predator.

At the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Márcia Chame says “there is no scientific data that links the disaster with yellow fever.”

On one point, however, she and Giuberti agree.

The outbreak turned a critical corner when the virus spread from the state of Minas Gerais, where it was regularly found, to the neighboring state of Espírito Santo, where it was not.

With no previous experience of yellow fever, many in Espírito Santo remained unvaccinated. The state began vaccinating rural residents on Jan. 23, a week after learning of its first human case, according to Giuberti.

For six days straight, health care teams worked furiously, vaccinating an average of 15,000 people a day. 

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Aedes albopictus

Also known as tiger or forest mosquito. Two to 10 mm length with a striking white and black pattern.

Diseases carried

Many viral pathogens but also dengue fever, chikungunya fever, Zika and yellow fever virus.

Geographic distribution

These mosquitoes live in tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates, but can live in a broader temperature range and at cooler temperatures than other species. Can be found in most parts of the United States.

Transmission method

The female mosquito lays eggs in water-holding containers around or further away from homes, tree holes and bamboo internodes. It bites people, pets and wild animals.

Source: World Health Organization; Virus images: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Aedes albopictus

Also known as tiger or forest mosquito. Two to 10 mm length with a striking white and black pattern.

Diseases carried

Many viral pathogens but also dengue fever, chikungunya fever, Zika and yellow fever virus.

Geographic distribution

These mosquitoes live in tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates, but can live in a broader temperature range and at cooler temperatures than other species. Can be found in most parts of the United States.

Transmission method

The female mosquito lays eggs in water-holding containers around or further away from homes, tree holes and bamboo internodes. It bites people, pets and wild animals.

Source: World Health Organization; Virus images: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Though rarer than it once was, yellow fever retains a hellish reputation among doctors.

“This disease has struck fear in the hearts of man ever since it was discovered. It’s so severe, so lethal, such a horrible death,” says Thomas P. Monath, who has been studying yellow fever since 1968, and now serves as chief scientific officer for BioProtection Systems Corp., an Iowa-based company involved in vaccine work.

Named for the sickly yellow color that permeates a patient’s skin and eyes, the virus likely emerged about 5,000 years ago, when it was transmitted from primates to humans in Central or East Africa. 

In the 1600s, the disease and its most common carrier, Aedes aegypti, came to the Americas aboard slave ships. The U.S. experienced at least half a dozen epidemics, including one in Philadelphia in 1793 when the city was still the nation’s capital. Nearly 5,000 people died in three months, and more than one-third of Philadelphia’s 50,000 residents fled the city.

During construction of the Panama Canal in the early 1900s, yellow fever and malaria killed thousands of workers, prompting U.S. authorities to launch a campaign to improve sanitation and water, and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

Only in 1937 was a yellow fever vaccine developed by the South African biologist Max Theiler. Since then, vaccinations have helped rid many countries of yellow fever, though outbreaks continue to flare up in South America and Africa.

In Brazil, the outbreaks have not reached the cities in decades, remaining instead in the sylvatic, or jungle, cycle. Mosquitoes in the jungle pick up the virus from monkeys and pass it to other monkeys or humans working nearby. 

In late December 2016, Angola declared the end of a year-long yellow fever epidemic that had spread to its African neighbor the Democratic Republic of Congo, causing 400 deaths in the two countries.

A week after Angola sounded the all-clear, Brazil’s human outbreak began in the state of Minas Gerais.

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On Dec. 30, the first two yellow fever patients showed up at the bustling Santa Rosália Hospital in Teófilo Otoni, about 450 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.

The patients, both from the nearby town of Itambacuri, entered in critical condition, “vomiting blood,” says Rodrigo Lobo, a doctor of emergency medicine at Santa Rosália. “There was blood in their feces. The whites of their eyes went yellow and their urine looked darker.” 

They were initially diagnosed with dengue fever, but the 39-year-old doctor wasn’t so sure. Lobo remembered hearing that monkeys had been found dead in Itambacuri several months prior; the cause was determined to be yellow fever. So he diagnosed the patients with yellow fever, and sent blood samples to be tested. 

By the time the tests confirming his diagnosis came back more than two weeks later, both patients were long dead. 

On New Year’s Day, sick people began arriving from other nearby towns and villages. Most were in the third and final stage of the disease. They had yellow eyes and skin, and were bleeding from their mouths.

“The walking dead,” Lobo called them. 

The doctor worked around the clock, though there was little he could do. Every patient that first week died — 16 in all. 

“In the beginning, I used to have nightmares,” Lobo says. “The evolution of the sickness is so quick. With all of the resources we were applying, to see young people dying was not easy. It was very hard to see people in the last stage bleeding, and you cannot do anything to stop the bleeding. It was horrifying.”

To make matters worse, doctors at Santa Rosália, which serves more than 60 municipalities, had not been paid for eight months due to a decrease in funding for public health. By the time of the outbreak, many employees had quit to pursue other jobs, forcing the hospital to cope with a scarcity of workers and even shortages of basic materials such as gauze and certain medicines.

Lobo was among the few who stayed. Another was Ricardo Vitorio, a 35-year-old kidney specialist who remembers working seven days a week, getting what little sleep he could at the hospital.

At first, few outside the hospital knew of the outbreak. News filtered out in an unusual way. Before any official announcements had been made, Lobo wrote to friends on the instant messaging service WhatsApp, telling them not to fish or hunt in the bush until the cause of the outbreak had been determined. 

The message reached a local reporter, 38-year-old Elvis Passos, who asked Lobo for permission to publish it. On Jan. 6, Passos shared the doctor’s warning with 34,000 followers on his Facebook news page.

According to the World Health Organization, Brazil reported the first cases that same day. But in an email interview, Passos says there was no public announcement of the outbreak until two days after his Facebook post.  

Passos would later be praised by some for alerting the public, and criticized by others for causing panic. 

In the weeks that followed, Vitorio says, he treated about 120 yellow fever patients, among them two brothers, José Ramos and Vando Ramos Ferreira, 46 and 39. The brothers were bean and coffee farmers from Novo Cruzeiro, a town about 70 miles northwest of the hospital. 

In early January, José was washing clothes in a river when he saw a dead monkey.
A few days later, he had a headache and fever. Soon he was vomiting and had no appetite.

By the time José was taken to a small local hospital, he could not stand on his own. Two days later, on Jan. 11, he was transferred from the first hospital to Santa Rosália. His brother, Vando, a father of five, arrived at Santa Rosália more than a week later.

At first, Vando appeared relatively healthy. He was placed in a regular room rather than one reserved for emergencies.

José, however, grew worse. He remembers thinking he would die, and asking God to feel pity for him.

Vitorio thought there was a 98% chance José would not survive.

“There is no drug to kill the virus,” the doctor says. “There are medicines that will give the organs conditions for recovery.”

Yellow fever primarily afflicts the liver, kidney, lymph nodes and spleen. The most critical patients at Santa Rosália were placed on dialysis. Some already had weakened livers from alcohol use, leaving doctors few options.

“How can you transplant livers for 50 or 60 people at once?” Lobo says.

Despite the dire prediction, José improved. After 32 days in the hospital, he went home. 

Now it was Vando who grew ill, so ill he had to be placed on dialysis. On April 14, his hospital stay passed the three-month mark. He continues on dialysis and may remain so for the rest of his life, Vitorio says.

His likelihood of death had been 99%, Vitorio adds, predicting the two brothers may one day be the subject of medical papers. “Why they are still alive, this is going to be studied.”

The doctor’s face tightens as he discusses the disease’s spread, made worse in his view by poverty and lack of information. Though yellow fever is endemic in the state, Vitorio says, the vaccination rate was poor. State health records show fewer than half of Minas Gerais’ 20 million residents had received the yellow fever vaccine prior to the outbreak.

“For the influenza vaccine, there is a TV campaign,” he says, “but for the yellow fever vaccine they had posters. They never had a campaign (on television).” 

Vitorio believes people fear the yellow fever vaccine, or think it unimportant.

Vaccination is mandatory for children born in 2002 or later, and many mothers get vaccinated when they bring in their children. Vaccination is far less common among men. The vast majority of yellow fever patients at Santa Rosália were men, usually age 50 or under. Many worked in the forest where they frequently came in contact with mosquitoes. 

“There is a masculine attitude,” says Lobo, the doctor of emergency medicine. “ ‘I’m a Superman. I’m strong. I’m not going to get this.’ ”

“What happened here was a catastrophe,” Vitorio says. “A lot of young adults died because of a sickness that could have been avoided … A lot of children, they remain without family. The children were required to get the vaccine. The parents weren’t.”

Within a few weeks, the virus had spread to the state of Espírito Santo, where the population was even less prepared.

***

In São João Pequeno, 3-year-old Vitor Hugo Braun plays with LEGOs on the floor, while his grandparents describe what happened to his father, Virlei Braun.

“It was too quick,” Valdemar says, staring into the distance. 

Virlei, who had never been vaccinated, fell ill almost three weeks after the first yellow fever patients had arrived at Santa Rosália. After lunch on a Sunday, he became feverish. The veins in his forehead bulged, his mother, Cecilia Braun, remembers. 

The following day he went to the hospital in Colatina. Doctors thought he might have dengue or leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can lead to kidney damage.

“Nobody knew what it was,” Valdemar says. “They left him for two days in bed. They were giving him medicines and putting tubes into him without knowing what it was.”

Virlei remained in the hospital on Jan. 27, his son’s third birthday. 

“Mom,” he said, “bring my son. I want to give him a kiss on his birthday.”

Since the hospital would not allow children to visit, Virlei tried to rise from bed to go see Vitor Hugo at his school. But as Cecilia Braun helped her son struggle to his feet, Virlei shuddered in pain.

“Mom,” he said. “I cannot.”

He slumped back onto the bed. Two days later, doctors realized he was bleeding internally. They still had not diagnosed the disease.

Virlei heard his mother crying, and called on her to be strong.

He died a few days later on Feb. 1. Only after death was he diagnosed with yellow fever, his parents say.

They brought his body home for the funeral and tried to keep Vitor Hugo from seeing it.  But the little boy peeked in the room where the body lay.

He kept asking his grandmother: “Is he sleeping? Is he sleeping? Is he sleeping?”

***

A week or two after Virlei’s death, the virus arrived in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in a village known as Córrego da Luz, “River of Light.”

Some of the locals believe the disease was brought by a tourist from the state of Minas Gerais. They had not heard of any sick monkeys. 

However, researchers from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation came to investigate the outbreak and found a dozen dead monkeys in the forests around the village, Márcia Chame says.

The first villager to be sickened was an energetic jokester named Watila Santos, who was 38 and married. Watila worked in construction, drove trucks and grew bananas and oranges. He and his wife had just moved to the village in January to live with relatives in a small cluster of houses built on a cleared patch of forest.

A group of men, including Watila, had gone into the jungle around the end of January to check on an area where oranges had been planted. Soon afterward Watila became sick with a fever and headache. When he went into the local hospital, “they said, ‘This is a simple virus. Go back home,’ ” his brother, Roberto dos Santos, says.

Watila spent four days sick at home. On the fifth day, his vomit was black.

“On Friday he was falling apart. When he went to the hospital and was taken to the infectologist area,” Roberto says, “it looked like his body had been painted yellow.”

It was now early in February. During a visit from his mother, Watila told her, “I’m not going to leave this hospital.” 

About this time, a few others from Córrego da Luz fell ill.

Alessandro Valença Couto, a 38-year-old social services worker, who’d never had a serious illness before, felt at first like he had a cold. But on Feb. 5, after two days of illness, he began to vomit. Like others, he had not received the yellow fever vaccine and never wore insect repellent.

“Here, it has always been a lot of mosquitoes,” he says, explaining why many don’t bother with repellent.  

Although Alessandro also went to the hospital, doctors said his illness might be meningitis or leptospirosis. He was then transferred to a bigger hospital, the State Infectology Institute in São Sebastião. Doctors diagnosed him with yellow fever and kept him hydrated through an IV line. He would spend 10 to 12 days in the hospital.

“It was horrible,” recalls Alessandro’s wife, Luciana Moreira. “I felt afraid of losing him.”

As she worried, another villager lost his fight. On Feb. 11, at 3 in the morning, Watila Santos died. Although he had always appeared healthy, relatives said he had other medical problems that may have left him unable to fight off the yellow fever virus. Within days of his death, some 30,000 people were vaccinated in the nearby city of Casimiro de Abreu. 

Alessandro proved more fortunate than Watila. A little less than a week after his neighbor’s death, Alessandro went home to his wife and their 3-year-old son, Davi Luiz. He still suffers from pain in his stomach and worries that he may have permanent damage. But the family is glad he survived.

In mid-April, Luciana Moreira was pregnant. She and her husband plan to name their new son Bernardo.

***

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Vitor Hugo Braun, 3-year-old son of yellow fever victim Virlei Braun, plays by himself at his paternal grandparent’s home in São João Pequeno, Brazil.

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Vitor Hugo Braun, 3-year-old son of yellow fever victim Virlei Braun, plays by himself at his paternal grandparent’s home in São João Pequeno, Brazil.

Cecilia Braun says that her son, Virlei, had a favorite Bible passage, which was read at his funeral: John 16:32.

A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my father is with me.

She agonizes over her son’s death, thinking maybe they should have taken him to a better hospital the instant his illness appeared serious.

“That’s where we have failed,” Valdemar Braun says quietly.

The sun is beginning to set over their little village. It’s the time of day when Virlei used to return from his farm work to pick up Vitor Hugo. There is a brief silence. 

“Now, I want to ask you a question,” says Cecilia Braun, looking as if she is straining to understand something beyond her grasp.

“Do you think that just a little mosquito can take the life of such a big, strong man?”

Trump climate decision endangers human health, doctors say.

California Health Officials Warn Of Increase West Nile Activity This Season As Drought And Heat Could Spread Disease

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“The seniors, the sick, and also the poor are specifically vulnerable,” the American College of Physicians stated.

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“Climate change must be strongly addressed on the global level, and also the Paris accord is central for this effort,” stated ACP president Dr. Jack Ende.

“Without U.S. leadership, experienceing this voluntary targets decided to through the 195 countries that signed the accord is going to be much more difficult. Today’s decision therefore greatly boosts the chances the global effort to lessen carbon emissions is going to be inadequate to avert catastrophic effects for human health.”

Other groups stated global warming has already been damaging people’s health.

“Unchecked global warming is really a global health crisis that threatens to reverse decades of health gains worldwide, with serious effects for the children and our children and grandchildren,Inches stated American Lung Association Chief executive officer Harold Wimmer.

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2015 study discovered that a boost in the typical summer time temperature of just below 2 levels F brought to some 1 % greater dying rate in Colonial, for example. Heat can raise bloodstream pressure and worsen levels of cholesterol. Longer, hotter summers can help multiplication of nasty flying bugs that carry illnesses for example malaria, dengue, Zika and yellow fever — and warmer winters may neglect to get rid of populations from the insects.

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“The Paris Agreement is science-based and emphasizes clean energy and pollution reduction, that will improve health immediately and is an important tool using the possibility to lessen the likelihood of more dramatic harms to health lower the street,Inches added Dr. Mona Sarfaty, who heads the Virginia-based group, including the American Academy of Allergy, Bronchial asthma & Immunology American Academy of Family Physicians American Academy of Pediatrics yet others.

But Health insurance and Human Services Secretary Dr.Tom Cost stated the U.S. does not require the agreement.

“The Paris agreement is really a bad deal for that United states citizens. I applaud President Trump’s leadership and also the actions he’s taking,” Cost stated inside a statement.

“In the Department of Health insurance and Human Services, it’s our pursuit to promote and safeguard the and well-being from the United states citizens. Including a previously existing, robust dedication to evolving public health security both here both at home and through partnerships along with other nations.”

He didn’t elaborate.

Zika: ASU researchers get the world’s first plant-based vaccine

The world Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions because it taken over the Americas. It struck great fear in women that are pregnant, as babies born with severe brain birth defects rapidly overburdened hospitals and public healthcare systems.

Chen's protein-based vaccine uses the smallest and most unique part of the Zika virus that can still elicit a potent and robust immune response. 'In our approach, we make what we call a pseudovirus. It's a fake virus. The pseudovirus displays only the DIII part of the envelope protein on the surface. This is at least as potent as previous vaccine versions.' Image/Biodesign Institute, Arizona State UniversityChen’s protein-based vaccine uses the tiniest and many unique area of the Zika virus that may still elicit a powerful and powerful immune response. ‘In our approach, we make what we should call a pseudovirus. It’s an imitation virus. The pseudovirus displays just the DIII area of the envelope protein at first glance. This really is a minimum of as potent as previous vaccine versions.’
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In reaction, there’s been a flurry of heroic scientific efforts to prevent Zika. Whole governments, academic labs and pharmaceutical companies have raced to build up Zika vaccines since global health professionals first recognized the risks wrought through the bug-borne virus.

Now, ASU has had a significant advance in boosting Zika prevention efforts.

ASU Biodesign Institute researcher Qiang “Shawn” Chen has brought his research team to build up the world’s first plant-based Zika vaccine that may be stronger, safer and cheaper to create than every other efforts up to now.

“Our vaccine offers improved safety and potentially lowers the development is more expensive than every other current alternative, with equivalent effectiveness,” stated Chen, a investigator within the Biodesign Center for IVV and professor within the School of Existence Sciences. “We are extremely looking forward to these results.”

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Several potential Zika vaccines have experienced promising leads to early human and animal tests. This past year, the Fda approved the very first human testing of the Zika vaccine candidate, which summer time, a $100 million U.S. government-brought medical trial is going ahead.

But presently, there aren’t any licensed vaccines or therapeutics open to combat Zika.

Several dedicated ASU scientists also heeded the proactive approach, attempting to use their special know-how to locate a method to overcome the pandemic crisis.

First, ASU chemist Alexander Eco-friendly, together with collaborators at Harvard, created a faster and reliable Zika test, an achievement highlighted by Popular Science in the “Best of What’s New” of 2016.

Now, Chen might have think of a better vaccine candidate with different key Zika protein. Chen is really a viral expert that has labored within the last decade on plant-based therapeutics and vaccines against West Earth virus and Dengue fever, which range from same Zika family, known as flaviviruses.

He honed in on creating a vaccine against part of a Zika viral protein, known as DIII, that plays a vital role for that virus to contaminate people.

“All flaviviruses possess the envelope protein around the outdoors area of the virus. It’s three domains. “The domain III includes a unique stretch of DNA for that Zika virus, so we exploited this to develop a robust and protective immune response that’s unique for Zika,” stated Chen.

They first increased the envelope protein in bacteria, then switched to organize the DIII protein domain in tobacco plants.

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After developing enough material for that new vaccine candidate, Chen’s team performed immunization experiments in rodents, which caused antibody and cellular immune responses which have been proven to confer 100 % protection against multiple Zika virus strains inside a mouse challenge.

Producing plant-based vaccines, particularly in tobacco plants, now has wrinkles hat for ASU researchers like Chen. For over a decade, they’ve been producing low-cost vaccines in plants to battle devastating infectious illnesses within the third world.

It’s exactly the same approach ASU plant research pioneer Charles Arntzen used as he performed a vital role in developing ZMapp, the experimental treatment used throughout the Ebola outbreak.

Artntzen’s Biodesign colleagues, including Chen, Hugh Mason and Tsafrir Mor, have ongoing to pursue plant-based vaccines and therapeutics to combat West Earth virus, dengue fever, nerve agents as well as cancer.

Effective although not foolproof

While Chen continues to be cheering on Zika vaccine progress using their company researchers, in every situation, there might be negative effects.

Up to now, other scientists have tested various kinds of vaccines on rodents –including one produced from DNA and the other from your inactivated type of herpes. With only one dose, both vaccines motivated the development of antibodies that shielded the creatures from becoming infected once they were uncovered towards the virus.

Any heat-wiped out vaccine runs the chance of accidentally injecting an active form of herpes if there’s a mistake produced in the vaccine production protocol. This tragic scenario happened from time to time using the polio vaccine.

For that second research group, they used the entire Zika envelope protein for his or her vaccine. Since envelope protein domains I and II act like West Earth and dengue infections, this could result in a harmful mix-reactive immune response.

“When you are making the entire native envelope protein because the grounds for a vaccine, it’ll induce antibodies against DI, DII and also the DIII domains from the protein,” described Chen. “Those who’ve been prior uncovered to DI and DII of other people from the Zika virus family might be vulnerable to developing horrible signs and symptoms, or in some instances, fatalities for dengue.”

Actually, animal experiments have proven that prior contact with dengue or West Earth virus helps make the Zika infection and signs and symptoms much worse, suggesting an identical risk for those who had prior contact with dengue (particularly in South Usa, where it’s more prevalent).

“If you’ve prior contact with dengue, after which have Zika exposure, the Zika infection might be much worse, as well as for men, could raise the probability of sexual transmission,” stated Chen.

Chen’s protein-based vaccine uses the tiniest and many unique area of the Zika virus that may still elicit a powerful and powerful immune response.

“In our approach, we make what we should call a pseudovirus. It’s an imitation virus. The pseudovirus displays just the DIII area of the envelope protein at first glance. This really is a minimum of as potent as previous vaccine versions.”

And that he is extremely certain that his DIII-based protein vaccine is going to be safer.

“We did an evaluation to make certain the vaccine creates a potent protective immune response, but additionally, that it doesn’t produce antibodies which may be mix reactive for dengue, West Earth, yellow fever varieties,Inches stated Chen.

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Throughout the height from the Zika pandemic, whole countries of ladies were advised to not conceive, because of babies born having a severe brain defect known as microcephaly, where the mind and brain don’t develop correctly.

There are also vision and hearing defects and learning disabilities connected with more gentle infections.

In addition, in grown-ups, a debilitating central nervous system condition known as Gullian-Barre syndrome has additionally been proven to result from Zika.

As the most unfortunate wave from the Zika pandemic has ebbed, it will not disappear in the near future, along with a vaccine still provides the best hope.

Many millions more could be infected within the Americas in in the future (see WHO booklet).

The ASU scientists could mobilize rapidly from idea to proof-of-concept simply because they could leverage funds from your NIAID grant and seed funds in the Biodesign Institute.

All of these are thanks to generous federal, condition and public support, including florida sales tax produced by the lengthy-time Arizona innovation booster, voter-approved Proposition 301.

“This is a superb illustration of the brightest minds rapidly uniting, with public support, to defend myself against probably the most significant public health challenges in our time,Inches stated Josh LaBaer, executive director from the Biodesign Institute.

“That’s the essence of Biodesign at its best, so we hope this important proof-of-principal of the Zika vaccine could be converted rapidly in to the clinic.”

Using the effective proof-of-principle, Chen wishes to work with the medical community to start the very first phase of the human medical trial within the next 2 yrs.

“Above all, we must make sure the utmost safety with any Zika vaccine, especially because those who will require it most, women that are pregnant, possess the most worries about their, and the healthiness of the fetus,” stated Chen. “This needs to be 100 % effective and safe.Inches

Together with Chen, the study team incorporated Ming Yang, Huafang “Lily” Lai and Haiyan Sun.

The study was printed in the web based version of Scientific Reports.

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Harmful dengue fever may go worldwide, with the aid of airline travel & global warming.


Harmful Dengue Fever May Go Worldwide, with The aid of Airline Travel & Global Warming

Rising around the world stage, dengue fever is transmitted by nasty flying bugs — and apparently airline travel too.

In This summer 2017, the planet Health Organization’s official report tallied 80,732 installments of dengue fever in Sri Lanka, with 215 deaths to date in 2017. The announcement notes that’s “4.3 fold greater compared to average number of instances for the similar period between 2010 and 2016.”

On the floor, the Red Mix along with other relief agencies are counting over 100,000 cases this season, almost double the amount total number of instances reported this past year. The real figures of dengue fever that occur anywhere are dicey because dengue infections without signs and symptoms or with mild signs and symptoms aren’t always tested for dengue.

Unlike many tropical illnesses, dengue fever has proven no fallback when challenged with improved health care, better identification of disease vectors, and communities with increased understanding of the items might make them sick. Inside a study printed in PLoS Neglected Tropical Illnesses, a group of researchers used modeling, genetic sequencing, and socioeconomic, migration, and transportation trends to achieve startling findings. The collaboration of climatic change and global airline travel could bring dengue towards the doorsteps of nations not familiar with coping with the devastating third-world tropical disease.

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Dengue is really a flavivirus, associated with Yellow Fever, Zika, Chikungunya, and West Earth virus. Spread by nasty flying bugs, mtss is a particularly ugly number of pathogens. Dengue may cause severe signs and symptoms, including hemorrhagic fever, which in turn causes fluid and bloodstream loss from dripping bloodstream vessels and harm to organs. At this time from the infection, greater than 20% of patients will die.

Based on the PLoS study, patients who are suffering an initial, mild dengue infection are more inclined to suffer the greater severe complications of dengue hemorrhagic fever if they’re infected again with a dengue strain from the different viral lineage — or viral family line. Previous studies suggest that deadlier signs and symptoms having a second infection are caused by an “antibody-dependent enhancement.” Second infections cause more serious signs and symptoms since your body has witnessed another strain of the identical disease before. Or — the very first infection primes your defense mechanisms for any more severe reaction if attacked again with a different strain.

If the follows, the authors claim that multiple strains of dengue appearing within the same geographic region could spell real trouble. Also it appears to become that co-circulation of multiple strains of dengue is really what’s happening, particularly in Asia. Due to these disturbing shifts in strains and just what occurs when they collide, researchers attempted to crunch the standards driving the popularity.

Aedes aegypti, the bug that transmits dengue fever and also the Zika virus. A. aegypti is definitely an aggressive, daytime feeder having a taste for human bloodstream. Image by James Gathany/CDC

once endemic towards the US, now, many instances within this country are traveler-connected. However with climbing temperatures and regional spread of bug species, travel related infection could eventually be harmful all over the world — and at home.

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Prior dengue or yellow fever exposure doesn’t worsen Zika infection in apes

Rhesus macaques formerly have contracted dengue or yellow fever infections seem to be neither more nor less prone to severe infection with Zika virus, based on new information printed in PLOS Pathogens.

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Dengue, yellow fever, and Zika are people of the Flavivirus genus. Previous laboratory research has proven that antibodies created through the human defense mechanisms to battle dengue virus may also communicate with Zika virus (ZIKV) without inactivating it. These research has elevated concerns that such antibodies could really worsen Zika infection with a process referred to as antibody-dependent enhancement.

To achieve further understanding of these concerns, Dr. Michael McCracken from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Maryland, and colleagues infected 25 rhesus macaques with Zika virus. Six from the apes have been have contracted dengue and five with yellow fever at least a year prior, and 14 had not been have contracted dengue, yellow fever, or any other related infections.

Before Zika infection, they collected dengue and yellow fever antibodies from bloodstream samples obtained from the formerly infected macaques. They demonstrated within the laboratory these antibodies were mix-reactive with ZIKV together with proof of elevated ZIKV infection in vitro.

Critically, regardless of the recognition of enhanced Zika infection in cell culture models using antibodies from macaques formerly uncovered either to yellow fever or dengue after which uncovered to Zika, there have been no indications of enhanced Zika infection observed in these macaques themselves. Publish-infection analysis of bloodstream, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, saliva, vaginal secretions, defense mechanisms responses, along with other clinical factors demonstrated no significant variations between your results of Zika infection on formerly infected macaques versus macaques never infected by related infections. Thus, in vitro enhancement assays lacked the opportunity to predict flavivirus disease severity within the rhesus macaque model.

They observe that their findings might not always affect humans, which further clinical data are essential. Researchers aim to understand whether prior flavivirus infections could change up the clinical span of Zika infection. “The study signifies that prior flavivirus immunity is not likely to affect the security of the Zika vaccine candidate. Ongoing trials can help inform future vaccine development,” stated McCracken.

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