Tag archive for zika

Zika virus – a review for clinicians

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The review aims to summarize the current epidemiology and clinical features of Zika virus infection, with a focus on the contentious issue of Zika virus and microcephaly.
Zika virus has proven to be a pathogen with the …

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Zika: the origin and spread of a mosquito-borne virus

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For over 70 years, as Zika virus spread from Africa and Asia to the Americas, it variably affected humans from a mild illness to neurological and congenital abnormalities.
Zika, a flavivirus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitos was first discovered in 1947 …

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Canadian recommendations on the prevention and treatment of Zika virus: Update

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Zika working group on behalf of the committee to advise on tropical medicine and travel (CATMAT)
The guideline concerns the prevention and treatment of Zika virus infection. It is intended for health care professionals who provide advice to Canadians who may …

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Dengue viral infections in Pakistan and other Asian countries: a comprehensive review

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Dengue is expanding geographically, especially in developing countries. In Pakistan, the incidence of Dengue has been extraordinary in metropolitan cities over the last couple of years.
Infections due to Dengue virus are widespread throughout the world with a high morbidity and mortality …

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Benefit of insecticide-treated nets, curtains and screening on vector borne diseases, excluding malaria: a systematic review and meta-analysis

 
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Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs), Insecticide-Treated Curtains (ITCs), and Insecticide-Treated Screening (ITS) have good potential to reduce Vector Borne Diseases (VBDs).
ITNs, ITCs, and ITS are the main preventive measures used for the deadly disease, malaria. The same interventions may have benefit on controlling …

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Efficacy and community effectiveness of larvivorous fish for dengue vector control

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Although the use of larvorous fish as single agent or in combination with other control measures can lead to a reduction in immature vector stages, evidence to assess community effectiveness is still insufficient.
Dengue is one of the fastest emerging infection …

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Bacillus thuringiensis israellensis (Bti) for the control of dengue vectors: systematic literature review

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Evidence to recommend the use of Bti  as a single agent for the long term control of dengue vectors and prevention of dengue fever is insufficient.  Still, Bti can be effective in reducing the number of immature dengue vectors in targeted …

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Scoping review of the Zika Virus literature

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More than half the primary literature on ZIKV has been published since 2011, this has coincided with outbreaks in Australasia (2007) and the Americas (2016). Several knowledge gaps remain with respect to ZIKV epidemiology, the importance of potential non-human primates and …

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Zika virus misinformation on the internet

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There is significant evidence that free speech on the internet allows for incorrect information to gain more attention than they would in more restrictive settings. Efforts are required to provide the public with accurate research findings.
The recent outbreak of Zika virus …

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What do community-based dengue control programmes achieve? A systematic review of published evaluations

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There is weak evidence that community-based dengue control programmes increase the effectiveness of dengue control programs.
Dengue spread can only be curbed by vector control and body protection. Recent efforts have …

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