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Testing for vaccine against Zika starts in Puerto Rico

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Dr. Jorge L. Santana Bagur, Professor from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus in collaboration with Universities in the United States and Canada, are working simultaneously on a study to test the efficacy of a vaccine agaist zika virus.

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Mosquitoes in Puerto Rico are diseases vectors

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Raúl A. Pérez-Rivera

This is the second article in a series about the spread, treatment and prevention of tropical diseases such as Denge, Chikungunya and Zika.  

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Natural products that really repel mosquitoes

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Lymari Calero Toledo

El Aedes aegypti is the vector for viral diseases such as: dengue, chikungunya and zika. Although there are manufactured products that can be used to repel mosquitoes, some prefer the use of naturally ocurring oils from plants. Various botanical oils have proven effectivity as mosquito repelants, such as the Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), citronela (Cymbopogon nardus) and  “lemon grass” (Cymbopogon citratus).

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How to control zika, dengue and chikungunya in Puerto Rico

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Pedro Bosque Pérez

The Aedes aegypti mosquito that can transmit the viruses that cause dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever is an insect that is easy to control with the proper sanitary measures. Taking these measures would prevent the thousands of viral infections caused by this insect in Puerto Rico every year.

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We are mosquito food

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Pedro Bosque Pérez

Human beings are indispensable for the survival of Aedes aegypti, since we are the most abundant food source for the mosquito responsible of transmiting viruses such as Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. The male mosquito does not bite since it feeds from nectar. On the other hand, the female mosquito depends on our blood to develop the eggs that will allow the survival of the species. 

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Call to take measurements against Zika virus

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Mariana Cobián

 

Even though only one case of Zika virus has been reported in Puerto Rico, the Health Department made a statement today for citizens to prevent the propagation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and to avoid its bite, specially for pregnant women.
 
 
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Colder temperatures lower the risk of chikungunya infection

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The mosquito that propagates the dengue and chikungunya virus is unable to complete its life cycle at temperatures lower than 77 grades Fahrenheit.
 
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UPR researches: a dengue vaccine

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RONALD ÁVILA CLAUDIO

The Medical Sciences Campus at the University of Puerto Rico is working on developing a vaccine to prevent Dengue. Dr. Carlos Sariol is leading the research on Tetravalent Dengue Vaccine Base don Alphavirus Replicons 

 

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The origin of a dengue epidemic

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This article describes the recent article about dengue genetics published in Science by Dr. Mariano García Blanco and his colleagues at Duke University.

 

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The Science article could be found at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2015/07/01/science.aab3369.abstract

 

 

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Dengue and chikungunya life cycles

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This article explains the life cycle of viruses relatively similar to Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. To read the full article visit the Spanish version of this article. 

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