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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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Zika infects neural cells related to skull formation, affecting their function

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Cranial neural crest cells - which give rise to the bones and cartilage of the skull - are vulnerable to Zika virus, report Stanford University School of Medicine researchers in Cell Host & Microbe.



New field test allows rapid diagnosis of Chikungunya virus infection

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Like its relatives Dengue and Zika, Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, and both mosquitoes and viruses are extending their range.



Virginia Tech research team's discovery aims to reduce deaths caused by African sleeping sickness

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A Virginia Tech research team has discovered an innovative way to inhibit the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness.



Hookworm Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Hookworm is an intestinal parasite that is the cause of millions of infections worldwide. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of these infections here.



Eliminating sleeping sickness: New research estimates frequency of screening needed to eradicate

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Novel mathematical models estimate the screening efforts required to eliminate and eradicate sleeping sickness.



High blood pressure drugs have potential to counter leading cause of death in malaria patients

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Adding a popular high blood pressure drug to standard malaria treatment more than tripled the survival rate of infected mice.



Research provides clues to how Zika virus breaches the placental barrier

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function.



Zika does cause microcephaly, but questions remain

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

The preliminary findings of a case control study conclude the microcephaly epidemic is a result of congenital Zika virus infection, but questions remain.



Zika virus can be detected in eye's conjunctival fluid

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

In a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology, Changwen Ke, Ph.D., of the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Guangzhou, China and colleagues examined whether Zika...



A protein in mosquito spit can keep Dengue virus in check

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Mosquito saliva influences transmission of viruses to a bitten mammalian host. For example, it contains factors that dampen the host immune response and so facilitate infection.



Surveillance unlikely to detect European changes in birth defect linked to Zika virus

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A study published by The BMJ finds that surveillance systems in Europe could detect increases in microcephaly (babies born with an abnormally small head) due to the Zika virus of a similar...



Adverse outcomes not improved in novel screen-and-treat program for malaria in pregnancy

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 02:00:00 PDT

A novel strategy to screen pregnant women for malaria with rapid diagnostic tests and treat the test-positive women with effective antimalarials does not lower the risk of adverse pregnancy...



A chromosome anomaly may cause malaria-transmitting mosquito to prefer feeding on cattle

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Engineering mosquitos to carry genes related to feeding behavior located within this anomaly maybe one strategy to reduce malaria's spread.



Human hookworm infection exerts high health and economic burden

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Hookworm affects approximately 500 million people worldwide, yet its global economic and health impact is not well understood.



Infectious disease: Newly identified compounds rescue rodents from malaria

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The discovery of a series of compounds that can cure malaria in rodents with a single, low-dose treatment is reported in a paper published online this week in Nature.



New model could help improve prediction of outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Potential outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever may be more accurately predicted thanks to a new mathematical model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge.



Zika reference strain sequenced - Will aid in diagnosis, screening

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

An international team of researchers has sequenced a strain of the Zika virus that will be used as a World Health Organization (WHO) reference strain to identify Zika virus infection in the blood...



Climate and air travel maps identify countries in Africa & Asia at greatest risk of Zika virus

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Many countries across Africa and Asia-Pacific may be vulnerable to Zika virus outbreaks, with India, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Bangladesh expected to be at...



Dengue vaccine may increase risk of severe disease if used in areas with low rates of infection

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The world's only licensed vaccine for dengue may worsen subsequent dengue infections if used in areas with low rates of dengue infection, suggests new research.



Study may explain why people with type O blood more likely to die of cholera

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

People with blood type O often get more severely ill from cholera than people of other blood types. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may explain why.



Zika treatable with existing drugs, says breakthrough study

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Two drugs already approved for other reasons can stop Zika dividing in the body and causing the early fetal cell damage that leads to birth defects.



Zika experts: Acute virus infection associated with sensory polyneuropathy

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A group of researchers from Honduras, Venezuela and the USA has described the first case of sensory polyneuropathy associated with acute Zika virus infection.



New types of African Salmonella associated with lethal infection

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The first global-scale genetic study of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa and food poisoning in the Western World, has discovered that...



Zika clone promises to assist vaccine development

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Viruses are notoriously difficult to predict. A newly designed Zika clone might be the tool needed to produce a reliable vaccine and halt the pandemic.



New global migration mapping to help fight against infectious diseases

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Geographers at the University of Southampton have completed a large scale data and mapping project to track the flow of internal human migration in low and middle income countries.