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Biomarkers detected for Chikungunya fever

Three specific biomarkers provide an accurate indication of the severity of Chikungunya fever (CHIKF), which is emerging as a threat in South-East Asia, the Pacific and Europe, according to research conducted in Singapore. Since the biomarkers can be easily detected and measured in blood, this...

Researchers create first chikungunya animal model

Researchers have developed the first animal model of the infection caused by chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an emerging arbovirus associated with large-scale epidemics that hit the Indian Ocean (especially the French Island of La Runion) in 2005, later spreading to India, and Italy in 2007. Using thi...

Tomato Fever Replaces Chikungunya in Kerala

A large number of people in Kerala are thronging hospitals with symptoms of a rare fever, locally called tomato fever. Doctors say the fever is an after-effect of Chikungunya. Tomato fever is spreading rapidly in the areas of Mudakayam, Varzur and Kanirapally in Kottayam and Pathina...

Kerala Government Battles With Chikungunya On All Counts

As Kerala staggers under the whipping rod of Chikungunya, the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has been cornered over its quest for a 'politically correct' low-cost health cover plan . Incidentally, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had dumped its BPL (below poverty li...

Ramadoss to Discuss Chikungunya With Health Ministers of Nine States Tomorrow

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, has called a meeting of health ministers of nine states tomorrow to discuss the measures to be taken to control the mosquito-borne disease, Chikungunya . The Health Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Gujarat, Maha...

Kerala Seeks Centres Help to Curb Chikungunya Spread

With nearly 30,000 people in south and central districts of Kerala hospitalised with chikungunya fever, an infection spread by the Aedes mosquito , the state has decided to seek help from the central government. Reports from Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts indicate that arou...

Twenty-two Chikungunya Cases Confirmed in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra health department Thursday said 22 cases of Chikungunya disease were confirmed in Kolhapur district of the sate . "Of the 20 villages in Kolhapur district from where an outbreak of the viral fever was reported, we have found 22 cases from only 12 villages, which tested posit...

Current Dengue and Chikungunya Status in India

In a press release the Ministry of Health has indicated the current situation with both these viral infections in India. In its update on Dengue// the Ministry has confirmed reports of 9453 cases and 157 deaths as a whole including Delhi as on 04.11.2006 upto 12 .30 hrs. In Delhi and NCR - ...

45% of Indians Affected by Chikungunya Fever

India is reeling under the effects of the country's worst epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus in decades with almost 45% of Indians having been infected by Chikungunya,// according to the World Health Organization. In a statement issued yesterday by the WHO, over 1.25 million suspected case...

India Records Over 1.3 mn Chikungunya Cases

As dengue fever grips the country, another viral disease chikungunya is causing concern as over 1.3 million suspected cases //have been reported across nine states. Though Delhi has 28 suspected cases and seven confirmed cases, the worst hit is Karnataka with over 756,028 suspected cases and 2...

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Chikungunya in Medical Technology

Focus Diagnostics Launches Laboratory Test for Chikungunya Virus

First Laboratory Developed Test in the U.S. for Detecting the Mosquito-Borne Infectious Disease CYPRESS, Calif., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Focus Diagnostics, Inc., the infectious disease diagnostics company of Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX ), today announced the first labo...

Quest Diagnostics Introduces First Commercial Laboratory Test for Identifying the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus

... has a track record of being first to market with new laboratory testing services for emerging infectious diseases, such as West Nile Virus, SARS, and chikungunya virus. "Our new laboratory test will be an important tool to help health care professionals and public health authorities identify infected patie...
Chikungunya in Biological News

Researchers examine role of climate change in disease spread

...ld examine the relative importance of climate change in the spread of four viruses that have captured headlines in the past 10 years: West Nile virus, chikungunya virus, Rift Valley fever virus and Bluetongue virus. "There's no doubt that during the past 50 years or so, patterns of emerging arbovirus disease...

The insect vector always bites twice

...e death of millions of people in the world. African countries are particularly strongly hit. The expansion of Dengue fever and the recent epidemics of chikungunya and West Nile disease illustrate the trend. The pathogens responsible for these diseases can be viruses, bacteria or protozoans which are passed on ...
Chikungunya in Biological Technology

Vaccine Against the Chikungunya Virus in Development by a Public-Private Partnership

LEIDEN, The Netherlands, February 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Top Institute Pharma (TI Pharma) has formed a consortium with Wageningen University, Erasmus University Medical Centre and Nobilon, a subsidiary of Schering-Plough, to develop a 'proof of concept' vaccine against the Chikungunya virus. This...

Cadila Pharmaceuticals Launches Joint Venture With Novavax in India

...uenza vaccine and potentially other novel vaccines against dengue fever and chikungunya fever based on Novavax's virus-like-particle (VLP) vaccine technology. CPL...nst diseases endemic to India and surrounding regions like dengue fever and chikungunya fever. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease, which has re-emerged in In...

Novavax Announces New Capital Infusion Through a Strategic Alliance with Cadila Pharmaceuticals of India

... The VLP platform is well suited to the development of vaccines against diseases endemic to India and the surrounding regions, including hepatitis E, chikungunya fever, dengue fever, and rabies. Hepatitis E is a principal cause of hepatitis among adults under 40 years of age, associated with fulminant hepatiti...

Virginia Tech researchers discover how mosquitoes avoid succumbing to viruses they transmit

...?" said Myles. The researchers used the arthropod-borne virus Sindbis -- a model virus for a wide variety of mosquito-transmitted viruses, such as chikungunya and eastern equine encephalitis, both of which cause serious diseases in humans. They infected a mosquito called Aedes aegypti, an important vector of...
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