Category: Vectorborne

Breakbone Fever Attacks Enchanted Island: Battling the 2010 Dengue Epidemic in Puerto Rico

  by Tyler M. Sharp, PhD Paradise Has Its Risks Given the choice I prefer my bones to remain unbroken. For that reason I began to worry when I found out that the disease I would be studying for the next two years in Puerto Rico was also referred to as “breakbone fever.” Read More >

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Vampire Diaries: Getting Back to My Roots Through a Deadly Outbreak

By Lizette Durand    Setting the Scene Last August, villagers in a secluded section of Peru fell prey to blood sucking vampire bats infected with rabies.  It sounds like the premise for the next vampire movie, but this wasn’t a story line thought up in Hollywood, it was the real deal. Read More >

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The Truth is Out There: What You Need to Know About Bats

Warm weather is here, and you know what that means — more people are headed outdoors. You might even be involved in summertime activities that take you into places such as woods, forests and caves. But you might not know about the risks associated with an animal often found in these areas: bats. Read More >

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Dengue: The Key West Tour

I often get asked about mosquito-borne dengue fever in the context of climate change. One of the first things I tell people is that it’s actually quite common outside the United States. Between 50 and 100 million cases occur each year, including about 500,000 of the really severe hemorrhagic fever type, and the numbers continue Read More >

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Globe Hopping, Rabies Stopping: Outreach to DRC

We often talk about what we’ve done to help others stay free of infectious diseases. But something that often goes unstated is the training we provide that gives other health and medical professionals the tools to keep people healthy. Although a lot of this work happens here in the United States, the assistance we provide Read More >

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Hemorrhagic Fever in Saudi Arabia: Following the Ticks

As scientists with CDC’s Special Pathogens Branch, Pierre Rollin, Bobbie Rae Erickson, and I recently boarded a flight from Atlanta to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, so that we could provide health officials with our expertise on Alkhurma virus. This virus causes Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever, a tick-borne disease that can be serious, even fatal, in humans. Ticks Read More >

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