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According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), chikungunya fever continues to be active in Asia and the Indian Ocean region: In 2009, the Ministry of Health in Malaysia reported over 4,430 cases of chikungunya fever. No deaths were reported. The most affected areas were the northern provinces of Sarawak Kedah, followed by Kelantan, Selangor, and Perak. Chikungunya fever activity has…

More evidence that the incidence of dengue fever is swelling significantly around the world:  since January, Thailand has recorded almost 71,000 cases--more than double the amount this time last year. The World Health Organization has spoken out, asking the Thai government to increase its efforts to minimize the spread of the disease. According to the Bangkok Post, efforts to eradicate…

We’ve linked tolerance with health in the past. Now the unexpected outburst of ethnic violence in the Kyrgyz Republic is a vivid reminder of how tenuous the grip we humans have on tolerance, dignity, survival and health. With the Kyrgyz atrocities as a backdrop, the U.S. State Department yesterday released its annual report on human trafficking around the world, highlighting…

Good news for travelers throughout Asia.  There is a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis that significantly reduces typical side effects. We all know that mosquitoes transmit some very serious viruses to humans. In addition to malaria and dengue fever, another mosquito-driven disease is Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).  As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) JEV is endemic in parts of…

New Scientist magazine is reporting a scientific advance that may hold the key to defeating  a mosquito-borne virus that turned dangerous and deadly and has been spreading across the world for the past five years. Carried by the tiger mosquito and driven by the forces of global commerce, chikungunya  virus causes fever, headache, nausea as well as excruciating pain in…

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