1 Why global health? Polio in Syria, Texas dengue, West Nile’s killer cousin

Taken in isolation, the news reports that polio appears to have returned to Syria for the first time since the late 1990s, that dengue and yellow fever is showing up across the southern United States and that Texas has had its worst year ever for West Nile virus all seem like separate disease outbreaks. And they are. But taken together, they should also serve as a reminder that disease, especially infectious disease, doesn’t spread independent of human behavior – and bad behavior on the other side of the planet can kill here.

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0 Dengue fever spreading: The view from Brazil

Brazil’s battle against dengue is worth special scrutiny because this country is one of the world’s up-and-coming ‘emerging markets,’ and improving health is a top priority on its development agenda. How is it doing against the spread of this expanding mosquito-borne disease?

0 Lacking a dengue vaccine, scientists tinker with skeeter genes

It’s rarely on most Americans’ minds, but worldwide dengue is a big killer. And it’s spreading fast. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are anywhere from 50 to 100 million people infected every year with dengue — including a very small, but increasing number of Americans…

0 Altered skeeter update: Infecting mosquitoes to fight dengue

The idea of altering mosquitoes to fight disease appears to be quite contagious. It’s almost become a news category unto itself, with at least a story every month or so involving something like: –  Genetic modifications that causes infected skeeters to kill themselves or their disease cargo, or to cause…

0 Dengue Fever in Florida, On the Rise Globally

CDC Dengue is spreading globally Dengue fever, also known as “breakbone fever,” used to be confined to a small part of the tropics. As a recent outbreak in Florida illustrates, it is no longer so confined. In fact, dengue is now the most common and the fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease in…