Brazil’s health ministry recently announced its plan to breed genetically modified mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever. According to news reports, scientists are focusing intensely on mosquito control because there is currently no vaccine to protect against dengue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced its development of a new diagnostic test to detect the presence of the dengue virus.
Earlier this week 13 pharmaceutical companies*, together with several government and nongovernmental organizations**, pledged to find solutions to eliminate or control 10 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by the year 2020. At an event in London, pharmaceutical companies committed to invest in research and development (R&D) to find new treatments for NTDs along with increasing donations of existing drugs.
Albert B Sabin is probably best known for his work and research on the polio virus. During World War II he worked on and developed vaccines for encephalitis (sleeping sickness), sand-fly fever and dengue fever as well. It is his work into dengue fever during this time that is now having possible implications for vaccine development today — 60 years later.

Last week leaders in global health and tropical medicine convened in Philadelphia to talk about the latest scientific advances in their field as well as the current status of efforts to control tropica

Remember the last time you had the flu? The exhaustion, the fever, the aching body?

While you were sleeping, you may have been protected by a bed net. While you were sleeping, the screens on your windows might have been closed, and maybe even a fan was blowing air across your body.

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