Dengue, aka “Breakbone Fever,” Is Back

By Maryn McKenna, Slate

The vicious virus has re-established itself in the South, and mosquitoes are carrying it north.

In the autumn of 1885, people in Austin, Texas, began to feel sick. One after another, they developed a chill and then a soaring fever. They vomited and broke out in rashes. Their most distinctive symptom was agonizing pain behind their eyes and in the bones of their arms and legs. And when the fever subsided, lack of appetite and deep exhaustion left them unable to work for weeks or months.

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Last week, researchers published the “Global Burden of Disease Study 2010,” the most comprehensive effort since the GBD 1990 to produce complete and comparable estimates of the burden of diseases and other health challenges.

By Alyah Khan

The tremendous scope of the dengue problem becomes clear when you consider the number of places where the virus is present.

On Tuesday, The Telegraph and others reported that Vodaphone has joined GSK, the GAVI Alliance and Save the Children for new mobile technology programs to boo

Sabin’s Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) Secretariat recently travelled to Atlanta, Georgia for a series of meetings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).  Typhoid fever is a severe bacterial infection spread through water or food contaminated wit

In a groudbreaking announcment made last week, the World Health Organization ruled that the MenAfriVac vaccine, which is already having a big impact in the "Meningitis Belt" of Africa, can be safely used even after four days without refrigeration.

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