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Tropical diseases are diseases that are prevalent in or unique to tropical and subtropical regions. Tropical diseases include Chagas disease, schistosomiasis, malaria, dengue, leprosy, Buruli ulcer, dracunculiasis, Ebola, cholera, West Nile disease and ye

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Why do mosquito bites itch and swell up?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:00:00 PDT

In this article we look at why mosquito bites itch, evidence-backed ways to reduce itching and swelling, and discuss when to see a doctor.

Are there any home remedies for ringworm?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A look at home remedies for ringworm, a condition that results in fungal infection on the skin. Included is detail on when to see a doctor and prevention.

Types of zoonotic diseases

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more.

Malaria drugs could help to combat cancer

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal how two drugs used to treat malaria, called chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, could help in the fight against cancer.

Liver fluke: Symptoms and treatment

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT

The liver fluke is a parasite found in the bile ducts and the liver. In this article, we look at the symptoms and diseases they can cause, and prevention.

New test differentiates between Lyme disease, similar illness

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. But it can be confused with similar conditions, including Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness.

Scientists develop improved, potentially safer Zika vaccine

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas.

Zika infections unlikely to be passed by kissing, casual contact

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who conducted studies with monkeys, casual contact like kissing or sharing a fork or spoon is not enough for the virus to move between...

Arboviruses: Types, symptoms, and transmission

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Arboviruses are a group of viruses transmitted from insects. There are many different types, with unique symptoms, treatments, and prevention plans.

New test distinguishes Zika from similar viral infections

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new test is the best-to-date in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses.

Experimental Zika virus vaccines restrict in utero virus transmission in mice

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Two experimental vaccines can restrict Zika virus transmission from pregnant mice to their fetuses and can prevent Zika virus-induced placental damage and fetal demise, according to new findings...

How to choose a mosquito repellent

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Mosquito repellents are an essential protection against mosquito bites. Learn how to choose the most effective repellent, and how they may prevent disease.

Study tracks leishmaniasis in dogs, wild animals and sand flies in Brazil

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:00:00 PDT

In the past, leishmaniasis - a parasitic infection that can be fatal in humans - has been confined to rural areas of the developing world.

Malaria drug protects fetal mice from Zika virus, NIH-funded study finds

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Blocking a key placental defense may limit maternal-fetal transmission of the virus.

Chances of surviving malaria may be higher when host consumes fewer calories

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Malaria parasites sense and adapt to their host's nutritional status.The chances of surviving a malaria infection may be higher when the host consumes fewer calories, according to new research.

Skin plays significant role in spread of leishmaniasis

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that parasites responsible for leishmaniasis - a globally occurring neglected tropical disease spread by sand flies - are mainly acquired from the...

Removal of invasive shrub could be an easy way to help reduce malaria transmission

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Removing the flowers of an invasive shrub from mosquito-prone areas might be a simple way to help reduce malaria transmission, according to a new study published in the open access Malaria Journal.

New gene editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale.

News from the pathogen that causes sleeping sickness

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The life-threatening African trypanosomiasis, also called sleeping sickness, is caused by protozoa of the species Trypanosoma brucei.

Ebola vaccine developed in Canada shows promising results

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A phase 1 randomized controlled trial has found an Ebola virus disease (EVD) vaccine, developed in Canada, was well-tolerated with no safety concerns, and high antibodies were present in participants...

New genetic technique could help identify potential drug targets for malaria

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have developed a new technique for investigating the effects of gene deletion at later stages in the life cycle of a parasite that causes malaria in rodents, according to a new study in...

Anti-malaria drugs: Potential new target identified

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A newly described protein could be an effective target for combatting drug-resistant malaria parasites.

Zika and chikungunya virus in a single mosquito bite

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Yellow fever mosquitos can carry both the Zika virus and the chikungunya virus in their saliva, which implies that people can be infected with both viruses in a single bite.

Mosquitoes infected with virus-suppressing bacteria could help control dengue fever

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Mosquitos infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are significantly worse vectors for dengue virus, but how to establish and spread Wolbachia in an urban mosquito population is unclear.

Zika virus spread undetected for many months, NIH-supported study finds

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Virus quickly spread in the Americas, then diverged into distinct genetic groups.