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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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Chemical mosquito controls ineffective in Zika fight

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Some existing methods for controlling Zika-carrying mosquitos are not effective and may even be counter-productive, according to research by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Researchers find overwhelming evidence of malaria's existence 2,000 years ago

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

An analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has confirmed the presence of malaria during the Roman Empire, addressing a longstanding debate about...

New mechanism to control human viral infections discovered

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

A team of researchers, co-led by a University of California, Riverside professor, has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes...

Immune system cells cause severe malaria complication in mouse brain

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Movies of immune cells in mice reveal potential mechanism behind fatal malaria-caused brain swelling.

Dengue vaccine is estimated to reduce the disease burden in settings where dengue infections are common

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The first available dengue vaccine, CYD-TDV (Dengvaxia), is estimated to reduce the burden of dengue and be potentially cost effective in settings where infections with dengue are common, according...

CDC supporting Texas investigation of possible local Zika transmission

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been informed by Texas health officials that Zika virus infection has been diagnosed in a resident of Brownsville, Texas, without any other...

CDC, US and Brazilian researchers find evidence of onset of Zika-associated microcephaly and other neurologic complications after birth

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

CDC researchers in collaboration with researchers from the United States and Brazil investigated the first series of infants with laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection documented...

Zika: Researchers create powerful tool for vaccine, antiviral development

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

By stripping the Zika virus of structural genes, researchers create versions to help develop vaccines and therapeutics without using infectious virus.

Scientists develop new mouse model to aid Zika virus research

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Mice with healthy immune systems could provide new insights into Zika virus pathology and treatment.

Women at greater risk for Zika infection due to suppressed vaginal immune response

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered that the vaginal immune system is suppressed in response to RNA viruses, such as Zika.

Ultra-long acting pill offers new hope in eliminating malaria

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

BWH investigators and collaborators have created a swallowable capsule that can stay in the stomach and deliver medicine for up to two weeks or more.

Dengue strains differ in rates of viral replication

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers test mechanisms explaining differences in dengue serotype and disease severity by statistically fitting mathematical models to viral load data from dengue-infected individuals.

Research finds Zika virus can live for hours on hard, non-porous surfaces

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

The Zika virus is most commonly transmitted in humans as the result of a bite from an infected mosquito or from an infected human to another human.

Symptom-free Ebola infections detected in West Africa

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

Between 2013 and 2016, tens of thousands of people in West Africa contracted Ebola virus disease, making the epidemic the largest and longest on record.

Seroprevalence and disease burden of chagas disease in south Texas

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Chagas disease (Trypanosoma cruzi infection) is a parasitic infection that can lead to fatal cardiac disease.

Mosquito-borne illness spreads in and around homes, disproportionately hits women

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya appear to be driven by infections centered in and around the home, with women significantly more likely to become ill, suggests new research from...

Antibody found to protect fetus against Zika

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Zika infection in pregnancy can cause microcephaly. A new study found an antibody called ZIKV-177 protected pregnant mice and their fetuses against Zika.

Sandfly spit vaccinates mice against leishmaniasis infection

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

A vaccine against cutaneous leishmaniasis, a skin infection caused by Leishmania parasites, may be spitting distance away - sand fly spit, that is.

Scientists identify genetic markers of resistance to frontline malaria drug that could help control outbreaks

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Scientists have identified genetic markers associated with resistance to the one of the most commonly used malaria drugs in Southeast Asia.

Procedure feared to 'suck brain from skull' safe for malaria patients

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PST

A Michigan State University researcher is challenging a widely held African belief that a spinal tap, a procedure safely used to treat other diseases, could suck the brain from the base of the...

Should I Worry About a Tick Bite?

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Learn what ticks are and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a bite. Can ticks transmit diseases? How can people prevent tick bites?

Take advantage of evolution in malaria fight, scientists say

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PST

Scientists could harness the power of evolution to stop mosquitoes spreading malaria, according to new research by the University of Exeter and the University of California, Berkeley.

Nanoparticle vaccinates mice against dengue fever

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Every year, more than 350 million people in over 120 countries contact dengue fever, which can cause symptoms ranging from achy muscles and a skin rash to life-threatening hemorrhagic fever.

Modified HIV-1 virus can integrate into genome of parasitic flatworm

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Genetic manipulation of parasite that causes schistosomiasis could pave road to new treatments.

Researchers obtain first Zika sequence isolated from semen

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has obtained the first complete genome sequence of Zika virus that was isolated from a semen sample.