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July 24, 2014
Brazil to release millions of GM-mosquitos to fight dengue
Campinas, Brazil (UPI) Jul 23, 2013
Next week, the biotech company Oxitec, based in Abingdon, England, will begin raising millions of genetically modified mosquitos at a new factory in Campinas, Brazil. The objective: curb the spread of dengue fever. These new GM-mosquitos won't target dengue specifically, only other mosquitos - the main vehicle by which the virus travels. These Franken-bugs will mate with females; but their defective sperm will produce offspring that won't make it too adulthood. The logic goes: by slowing rates ... read more

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New report shows MERS virus may be airborne
MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, may be transmitted by air, a paper published Tuesday in the scientific journal mBio suggests. ... more
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Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China
A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday. ... more
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AIDS cure: Study sees advance for 'kick and kill' strategy
The elusive quest for an HIV cure received a boost at the world AIDS conference Tuesday as scientists said they had forced the virus out of a hiding place where it had lurked after being suppressed by drugs. ... more
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Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hep C
A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat, said a study Saturday. ... more
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Search for AIDS cure pushes ahead despite setbacks
Scientists on Saturday vowed to press ahead with their quest for a cure for AIDS, despite losing a veteran colleague and suffering a setback in research. ... more
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HIV epidemic 'smaller' than UN estimates: report
Anti-AIDS drugs have helped save 19 million years of human life since 1996, said an analysis Tuesday which also slashed UN estimates for HIV deaths and disease by a quarter. ... more
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AIDS: Anger flares at homophobic laws
Campaigners at the world AIDS conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that let HIV spread like poison. ... more
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AIDS: Circumcision campaign lifted by new evidence
A campaign to encourage circumcision among men in sub-Saharan Africa to help protect them against the AIDS virus was backed by new research on Monday showing that men who have had the operation are unlikely to engage in unprotected sex. ... more
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UN leader vows to help Haiti fight cholera epidemic
UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Haiti on Monday, vowing to help the country end a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 8,500 people since 2010 and that some blame on UN peacekeepers. ... more
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People with HIV living longer, study
HIV-positive people in the world's rich countries now live nearly as long as those who don't carry the AIDS-causing virus, as drugs have cut the overall death rate in half, researchers said Friday. ... more
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AIDS could be wiped out by 2030: UN
Global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, raising hopes of beating the killer disease by 2030, the United Nations said Wednesday. ... more
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Setback for cure overshadows AIDS council of war
For more than three decades, AIDS and those fighting it have been locked in a tango whose steps have gone sideways, backwards or forwards with the lives of millions at stake. ... more
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US health chief admits 'pattern' of safety failures
The chief of the US government's top public health agency acknowledged a pattern of safety errors Wednesday after dangerous mixups in the handling of influenza and anthrax. ... more
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AIDS deaths up in Russia, against global trend
The number of deaths from AIDS is going up in Russia, contrary to a global downward trend, a senior Russian health official said Wednesday, blaming a lack of public education about HIV infection. ... more
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Sierra Leone Ebola Suggest Presence In West Africa By 2006
Analysis of clinical samples from suspected Lassa fever cases in Sierra Leone showed that about two-thirds of the patients had been exposed to other emerging diseases, and nearly nine percent tested ... more
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US govt lab reveals series of dangerous mix-ups
The United States' top public health agency revealed Friday a series of alarming incidents in which dangerous biological agents including anthrax, influenza and botulism were mishandled over the past decade. ... more
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WHO urges gay men to consider preventive drugs for HIV
The World Health Organization on Friday urged men who have gay sex to consider taking antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world. ... more
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UN has 'moral responsibility' to tackle Haiti cholera: Ban
The United Nations has a "moral responsibility" to help impoverished Haiti end a devastating cholera outbreak some blame on peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. ... more
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France warns of epidemic after chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana
France's health minister warned Thursday of a serious epidemic in the Antilles and French Guiana after 33 deaths were reported in connection with the chikungunya virus. ... more
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Switzerland halts pork imports over swine fever fears
Switzerland is to ban imports of live pigs and pork from several EU countries in a bid to stop an African swine fever outbreak from reaching the country. ... more
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W. African Ebola epidemic 'likely to last months': UN
The United Nations health agency said on Thursday it expected the worst Ebola outbreak in history to continue its deadly rampage through west Africa for at least "several months". ... more
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US-based scientist makes potent version of H1N1 flu
A US-based Japanese scientist said Wednesday he has succeeded in engineering a version of the so-called swine flu virus that would be able to evade the human immune system. ... more
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Latvia orders pig cull to stem African swine fever
Latvia ordered a cull of pigs and a 40-day ban on public events in its eastern district of Latgale on Friday amid an outbreak of African swine fever. ... more
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Mideast sees 'worrying' rise in HIV cases: UN
A sharp rise in new HIV infections in the Middle East and North Africa is a worrying trend, despite some positive developments, UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe told AFP on Friday. ... more
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