Tropical Diseases

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Chickens could protect against malaria

Researchers reveal how odors emitted by chickens repel mosquitoes. The discovery could lead to new strategies to protect humans against malaria.

Should I Worry About Mosquito Bites?

Mosquito bites can irritate but they can also spread infectious diseases such as Zika and malaria. Learn more about symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Potential side effects of deworming programs in animal, human populations

A study of the effects of worming medications on infectious disease in wildlife herds showed an unexpected and alarming result – it helped reduce individual deaths from a bovine tuberculosis…

DNA region controlling red blood cell invasion holds genetic key to malaria in chimpanzees

A genetic region responsible for red blood cell invasion was among a small number of areas found to differ between the genomes of malaria parasites that affect chimpanzees and Plasmodium falciparum…

Dilemma of testing on captive chimps to save wild apes highlighted by Ebola vaccine success

The first conservation-specific vaccine trial on captive chimpanzees has proved a vaccine against Ebola virus is both safe and capable of producing a robust immune response in chimpanzees.

Primates protected from deadly Marburg virus

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated the effectiveness of a small-molecule drug in protecting nonhuman primates from the lethal Marburg virus.

Target canine ‘superspreaders’ to halt killer disease and cull fewer dogs, study suggests

A new way to test for the parasite which causes the fatal disease leishmaniasis could help control its spread to humans and stop dogs being needlessly killed in parts of South America.Zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis is a vector-transmitted parasitic in…

Bird Vaccine For West Nile Virus

University of British Columbia researchers have developed a vaccine that may halt the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) among common and endangered bird species. WNV, a mosquito borne pathogen, arrived in North America in 1999 and is now endemic across t…

Mathematical Model Suggests Wild Animals May Contribute To The Resurgence Of African Sleeping Sickness

Wild animals may be a key contributor to the continuing spread of African sleeping sickness, new research published in PLOS Computational Biology shows. The West African form of the disease, also known as Gambiense Human African trypanosomiasis, affec…