Here is a look at some interesting infectious disease and health news, opinion and research reported across the globe:
From high to low malaria transmission in Zanzibar—challenges and opportunities to achieve elimination
Substantial global progress in the control of malaria in recent years has led to increased commitment to its potential elimination. Whether this is possible in high transmission areas of sub-Saharan Africa remains unclear. Zanzibar represents a unique case study of such attempt, where modern tools and strategies for malaria treatment and vector control have been deployed since 2003.
The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitancy — the growing resistance to widely available lifesaving vaccines — as one of the top 10 health threats in the world for 2019. That news will not come as a surprise in New York City, where the worst measles outbreak in decades is now underway.
Aerosol and Contact Transmission Following Intranasal Infection of Mice with Japanese Encephalitis Virus
The Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), a causative agent of severe viral encephalitis in humans, has a biological cycle fluctuating between transmission in mosquitoes and avian species and amplification in pigs. Contact transmission of JEV was recently shown in pigs in the absence of arthropod vectors.
A combination of climatic conditions determines major within-season dengue outbreaks in Guangdong Province, China
China’s Guangdong Province experienced a major dengue outbreak in 2014. Here we investigate if the weather conditions contributing to the outbreak can be elucidated by multi-scale models.
North Kivu: Lubero population refuses to collaborate with Ebola response teams
The populations of health zones Biena and Magurejipa in the territory of Lubero (North Kivu) refuse to collaborate with Ebola response teams, indignant local civil society. Its president, Nassoon Paluku Luvatsi invited them Sunday, January 20 to follow the advice of specialists “to avoid the worst. “