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October 4, 2018: Florida Adds Two New Zika Cases

With Collier County continuing to have the largest number, Florida is up to at least 74 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus this year, according to the state Department of Health website.

The 74 cases had been reported as of Monday and were an increase of two cases from a week earlier.

Other counties with reported cases have been Broward, Palm Beach, Lee, Osceola, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando and Walton.

The department website said 72 of the cases are classified as “travel related” - generally meaning people were infected with the virus elsewhere and brought it into the state. The other two cases were classified as having “undetermined” origin. Both of the “undetermined” cases involved people in Miami-Dade County.

The disease, which caused major concerns in 2016, is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

Source: New 4 JAX

August 24, 2018: Children Exposed to Zika in Utero Need Long-term Monitoring

About one in seven children age 1 or older who were born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy have one or more health problems possibly caused by in utero exposure to the virus.

That’s according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)(www.cdc.gov) and related Vital Signs(www.cdc.gov) report released Aug. 10.

“We know that Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious health problems in babies, such as birth defects and vision problems, including conditions not always evident at birth,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., in a news release “We are still learning about the full range of long-term health problems these babies could face. We thank clinicians for their continued commitment to conduct all necessary tests and evaluations to ensure appropriate care.”

More than 4,800 pregnancies from U.S. territories and freely associated states that had laboratory results showing possible or confirmed Zika virus infection were reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry (USZPIR) from 2016-2018.

Of these cases, 1,450 infants who reached age 1 or more by Feb. 1, 2018, had some follow-up care reported to the USZPIR after their first 14 days of life. Among these children, 95 percent had at least one physical exam at that point, 76 percent had developmental screening or evaluation, 60 percent had postnatal neuroimaging, and 48 percent had automated auditory brainstem response-based hearing screen or evaluation. Ophthalmic examination was reported in 36 percent of the children.

Among all the children with reported follow-up care, 6 percent had at least one Zika-associated birth defect identified, 9 percent had at least one neurodevelopmental abnormality possibly associated with congenital Zika virus infection identified, and 1 percent had both. Overall, about one in seven children had health problems possibly caused by Zika reported.

The CDC recommends that all infants born to mothers with Zika virus infection during pregnancy receive a variety of screenings and care even if they appear healthy at birth. This includes providing recommended pediatric follow-up care and referrals,(www.cdc.gov) including early intervention services.

The researchers noted that many of the children assessed didn’t receive all recommended screening for health problems potentially related to Zika virus. Following the recommended screenings and care for these babies is important, the CDC stated, to help ensure early identification of health problems and timely referral to services.

The agency also offered reminders that family physicians can use during visits with mothers and their children, including:

Ask every mother about possible Zika exposure during pregnancy, even if her baby appears healthy;
Share Zika test results with all health care professionals working with both mother and baby; and
Report health information about babies and young children affected by Zika during pregnancy to their state, local or territorial health department, even if they appear healthy.

Although there have been fewer cases of infection in the past couple of years, Zika virus still poses a risk for pregnant women and their infants, said CDC officials.

In addition to the 4,800 pregnancies in the U.S. territories and freely associated states described earlier, the CDC said nearly 2,500 pregnancies in the United States had laboratory results showing possible or confirmed Zika virus infection.

Source: AAFP News

August 19, 2018 West Nile virus facts to know before World Mosquito Day

With Monday being World Mosquito Day, we’ve decided to highlight the mosquito-borne diseases present in countries Mosquito Squad impacts globally. Most people don’t realize the mosquito is the world’s deadliest animal, killing 830,000 people annually. Today’s focus is on the West Nile Virus.

Please help us raise awareness of the worldwide danger mosquitoes cause by sharing our daily posts on Facebook. For each share, we will donate $1 to Malaria No More and you will also be entered to win a mosquito-themed prize from us. 4 winners will be announced on Tuesday. You can find our Facebook page here.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s site for additional information on West Nile: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/

To learn about other deadly animals, visit: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Most-Deadly-Animal-Mosquito-Week-2016

August 20, 2018 Malaria facts to know for World Mosquito Day

With today being World Mosquito Day, we’ve decided to highlight the mosquito-borne diseases present in countries Mosquito Squad impacts globally. Most people don’t realize the mosquito is the world’s deadliest animal, killing 830,000 people annually. Today’s focus is on Malaria.

Please help us raise awareness of the worldwide danger mosquitoes cause by sharing our daily posts on Facebook. For each share, we will donate $1 to Malaria No More and you will also be entered to win a mosquito-themed prize from us. 4 winners will be announced on Tuesday. You can find our Facebook page here.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s site for additional information on Malaria: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/malaria

To learn about other deadly animals, visit: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Most-Deadly-Animal-Mosquito-Week-2016

August 18, 2018 Dengue virus facts to know before World Mosquito Day

With Monday being World Mosquito Day, we’ve decided to highlight the mosquito-borne diseases present in countries Mosquito Squad impacts globally. Most people don’t realize the mosquito is the world’s deadliest animal, killing 830,000 people annually. Today’s focus is on the Dengue virus.

Please help us raise awareness of the worldwide danger mosquitoes cause by sharing our daily posts on Facebook. For each share, we will donate $1 to Malaria No More and you will also be entered to win a mosquito-themed prize from us. 4 winners will be announced on Tuesday. You can find our Facebook page here.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s site for additional information on Dengue: https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/

To learn about other deadly animals, visit: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Most-Deadly-Animal-Mosquito-Week-2016

August 17, 2018 Chikungunya virus facts to know before World Mosquito Day

With Monday being World Mosquito Day, we’ve decided to highlight the mosquito-borne diseases present in countries Mosquito Squad impacts globally. Most people don’t realize the mosquito is the world’s deadliest animal, killing 830,000 people annually. Today’s focus is on Chikungunya virus.

Please help us raise awareness of the worldwide danger mosquitoes cause by sharing our daily posts on Facebook. For each share, we will donate $1 to Malaria No More and you will also be entered to win a mosquito-themed prize from us. 4 winners will be announced on Tuesday. You can find our Facebook page here.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s site for additional information on Chikungunya: https://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/index.html

To learn about other deadly animals, visit: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Most-Deadly-Animal-Mosquito-Week-2016

June 25, 2018: Add Keystone Virus To The List Of Things You Can Catch From Mosquitoes

This from Bruce Y. Lee at Forbes.

“Just in case you were thinking, ‘why can’t you catch more infectious diseases from mosquitoes,’ you can now add Keystone Virus infection to the list of mosquito-borne illnesses. That’s based on a case report recently published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases by a team from the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.

Keystone virus may not be the first thing you think about when you develop a low grade fever and a large bumpy rash on your body. (The first thing you probably think is, ‘what is this large bumpy rash doing on my body?’) Certainly, doctors weren’t thinking Keystone Virus when they first saw a 16-year-old male at an urgent care clinic in north central Florida in August 2016. The Keystone Virus is a type of orthobunyavirus and was first discovered in Aedes atlanticus mosquitoes back in 1964. This occurred in Keystone, Florida, hence the name. Until this recent case report, there had been no documented situations of the virus causing disease in humans. And based on the case report, the teenager was not a gray squirrel, a raccoon, or a whitetailed deer (three animals that are more commonly infected with the virus), unless the teenager was wearing some type of elaborate costume.

No, this 16-year-old seemed to be human and otherwise healthy when he began feeling ‘warm’ the night before the urgent care clinic visit. That following morning a red, bumpy rash started appearing on his chest and then progressively spread to his abdomen, arms, back, and face. The rash did not hurt or itch but seemed to get worse with heat and sunlight. He did feel a bit fatigued and had discomfort in his ankles but blamed these problems on band camp. Yes, that one time in band camp, he had put on new band shoes and continued to wear those new shoes throughout the band camp that he was still attending that summer. Oh, and those many times in band camp, he was bitten by mosquitoes, despite his wearing DEET.

Initial testing did not reveal usual suspects such as mononucleosis or Zika infection, but eventually more advanced testing found the Keystone Virus. Since there is currently not much you can do about a Keystone Virus infection, except say, “you have a Keystone virus infection,” the teenager did not receive specific treatment. The rash eventually disappeared 2 days later without any apparent further consequences. So, for now, infection with the Keystone Virus doesn’t seem to be a serious problem. However, as they say with underwear and life, things can change. This is simply one case and one infection. Time will tell if other more serious cases are found. Plus, viruses can mutate and eventually become more troublesome. Just look at what happened to the Zika virus, which previously was thought to be harmless.

The trouble is mosquitoes suck. And then serve as Ubers for pathogens, carrying them from animal-to-animal, animal-to-humans, and humans-to-humans. The list of mosquito-borne illnesses already reads like a long menu that you do not want to order from and includes includes malaria, dengue, Zika, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, tularemia, Ross River fever, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, and Eastern equine encephalitis. Of course, not all mosquitoes are the same. Different species can carry different pathogens. At present, Aedes atlanticus mosquitoes seem to be the primary carrier for the Keystone Virus but there are signs that other Aedes species may be able to carry the virus as well.

While there is no reason to panic and go all Keystone Kops because of this new discovery, it will be important to follow the Keystone Virus more closely. Also, doctors should be aware of this as a possible diagnosis. Moreover, this further highlights the need for better mosquito control. Bill Gates didn’t call the mosquito the World’s Deadliest Animal for nothing. After all, how many times do you hear a story begin, and one time at band camp, there was this hippo and."

June 20, 2018: Mosquitoes Trapped in El Paso Test Positive for West Nile Virus

“The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has been notified that one of several mosquito pools collected, have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Vector Control Program with the Environmental Services Department has been setting traps this season since May.

The mosquito pool that tested positive were located in the central part of town within the 79903 zip code.
“When it comes to West Nile virus it is never really a question of ‘if’ we can expect to see the disease locally, but rather ‘when”, said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “What we can do is be proactive against being bitten and be aware that there are other diseases that could present themselves in El Paso.”
In years past, human cases of diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika virus have been seen in El Paso but in travel-associated cases only.
There have been no cases reported this season of West Nile Virus in El Paso, but a total of 14 human cases were confirmed last year.

The city is urging El Pasoans to “Tip and Toss” items outside their homes frequently, to prevent stagnant water which could result in mosquito breeding. Residents should also follow these tips."

June 17, 2018: Florida Flowers Enable Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes to Flourish

“A leading source for the Zika outbreak in 2016 may have been those ornamental flowers in Florida.

A new study has revealed that bromeliad plants contribute to the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry infectious diseases such as Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya.

Bromeliad is the name for a family of plants that is incredibly diverse. There are 2,877 different species of bromeliads.

These flowers are common throughout South Florida and are a popular choice for landscaping projects since they do not require much care.

This University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UM) study, published in the journal Parasites & Vectors, showed that water retained in the bromeliads’ leaf axils becomes breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti, the most dominant species of mosquito in the study’s test sites.

The lead study author John Beier, Sc.D., a UM Miller School entomologist, and director of the Division of Environmental and Public Health, urged against destroying the plants.

But, Beier said the new knowledge on the plant’s role in mosquito breeding will help tailor mosquito control efforts.

‘People should be aware that bromeliads are producing mosquitos so that they can treat the plants,’ he said in a press release.

Beier added that the dominant presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito was unexpected since the mosquito did not have as great a presence in bromeliads in prior years.

“The larger problem is with the Aedes aegypti, not the disease,” he said.

Similar to the sudden Zika outbreak in 2016, these researchers said vector-borne diseases are spreading to new areas due to urbanization, human movement, and global warming.

But, according to previous research, the probable vector for these infectious diseases may be humans who travel internationally.

Recently, an international research team used genomic tools to trace the spread of the Zika virus.

This analysis suggests the Zika family tree shows, with a few exceptions, the virus that infected people in Florida, Central America or Mexico descended from a single importation event in Brazil.

The evidence also shows that many locations experienced two waves of Zika infection per year, not just one.

Peaking approximately every 6 months, the researchers analyzed the environmental suitability in each country for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that primarily transmit Zika virus to people.

Their findings suggest that conditions ripe for the spread of Zika virus occur at different times of the year, depending on elevation and other factors.

Such as flowers!

UM has been a major partner in research, including mosquito mapping, surveillance and trapping. This research collaboration was supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

June 1, 2018: Zika Cases Rising in Florida

This update from ABC affiliate WZVN-HD in Florida.

“This year there have already been more than 40 travel related Zika cases in Florida – 15 of those were found in Southwest Florida.

“On top of that, local researchers say conditions are right for another outbreak.

“’You don’t have to wait many years in between these outbreaks,’ said biology professor, Scott Michael. ‘Sometimes they [the outbreaks] catch us by surprise.’

“Michael teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and is also one of the leading researchers in the fight against Zika.

“’Studying viruses is my way of helping,’ Michael said. ‘These things are global as well as local.’

“The work being done in his lab will go beyond Florida – it is going to reach parts of the world that need it.

“Michael said the Zika virus is still a big issue for people in the Caribbean.

“He said it not only takes an economic toll but also an enormous amount of human suffering, especially with children.

“Right now, he and his team of researchers are working with different cells from women, who were pregnant, and caught Zika.

“’That could help to develop a vaccine, that could help develop into medicines, and that could help to understand the epidemiology, which is the study of how these viruses travel and get to new places and spread,’ he said.

“As for another outbreak like the one we saw a couple years ago, Michael said it’s possible.

“’This is not the first time it happened, and it’s probably not the last time. You know, it’s difficult to predict for any one summer what we’re going to see. But, you can bet that these things will be back at some point.’

May 31, 2018: Could the Zika Virus Help Treat Brain Cancer in Children?

This interesting article from Sophia Swinford at Aleteia.

“Transmitted primarily through mosquito bites, the Zika virus was estimated in 2017 to be active in 50 countries and territories. Though many infected by the virus experience no symptoms, those who do are afflicted with fevers, joint pain, and rashes. In pregnant women, Zika can result in brain deformities for their newborns.

“But now this frightening infection is being used for healing. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo Brazil are discovering ways to utilize the virus’ deadly effect against brain cancer. ‘There’s a major effort to study viruses for their potential in treating illness,’ Oswaldo K. Okamoto, a researcher at USP, told Bloomberg. Researchers are testing whether the detrimental effects the virus has on brain tissue can be used to eliminate cancerous tissue from the brain, and so far they’re finding success.

“When the team infected cancerous cells with the virus, the virus attacked the cancerous cells almost exclusively, leaving most of the healthy tissue largely unaffected. This proved true again when tested on mice carrying human tumor cells.

“The most optimistic news, though, is that the Zika virus is proving to be effective in treating some of the most dangerous types of tumors found in children diagnosed with brain cancer. Okamoto confirmed that in children brain cancer is often resistant to mainstream treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, leaving many survivors with neurological damage. But this new unlikely treatment might offer hope.

“Though the treatment is still far from implementation, the new research is promising, and this deadly virus could someday be a blessing for many.”

May 29, 2018: As the Earth Warms, Mosquitoes Become a Social Justice Issue

According to Kate Stein from America, "The communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are, in many cases, the ones that have the fewest resources to adapt. Mosquito-borne illnesses are no exception.

“As temperatures rise globally, previously temperate areas are more likely to experience subtropical and tropical heat. A study authored by New York and New Jersey government researchers and one by researchers in Egypt suggest that many types of mosquitoes will move into the newly subtropical and tropical areas—bringing with them diseases like Zika, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus and chikungunya. In many countries, that means more diseases in communities that lack the medical and mosquito-control resources to cope.

“Dr. Diego Herrera is a family physician with Andean Health and Development, a Catholic nonprofit serving communities in rural Ecuador. He estimates that 60 to 80 percent of his patients have been infected by disease-carrying mosquitoes—perhaps more, since some people carry mosquito-borne viruses without showing any symptoms of illness.

“’It’s not just one disease, one mosquito, one virus,” Mr. Herrera said. In central Ecuador, where A.H.D.’s hospitals are located, chikungunya is particularly problematic, but other mosquito-borne illnesses plague the region as well.

“And people who have been infected by one virus may experience more severe illness following infection with another. A study published last year by researchers at Mount Sinai Health System in New York shows that mice that have been previously infected with dengue can have more severe symptoms of Zika; the same is true for interactions among various serotypes of dengue.

Some of these diseases can have effects that are long-term or debilitating like birth defects, blindness or severe joint pain. (In the east African language of Makonde, “chikungunya” means “bending over disease” because of the chronic pain it causes some patients.) Particularly among people who already live in poverty, mosquito-borne illnesses can have a huge impact on daily life because of missed days or weeks of work.

“If you’re the father and get these illnesses, the whole family will be impacted,” Mr. Herrera said. He is worried that more and more families will struggle if infection rates in his part of Ecuador rise along with global temperatures.

“In the United States, incidences of mosquito- and tick-borne infections tripled between 2004 and 2016, in part because of warming temperatures, according to a study released on May 1 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research suggests places like South Florida and Texas—both of which experienced outbreaks of locally transmitted Zika in the summer of 2016—may see longer mosquito seasons and more mosquito-borne illnesses as temperatures continue to rise.

“However, as temperatures in some places rise to optimal mosquito-breeding levels, temperatures in other places may become too hot for mosquitoes to spread disease.

“That pathogen has to basically go through an incubation period within the mosquito—anywhere from a couple of days to over a week,” Erin Mordecai, a Stanford researcher who studied the impact of temperature on mosquito populations, told NPR. Warmer weather causes viruses to mature faster, but it also shortens mosquitoes’ lives. So above a certain threshold, mosquitoes will die before they are able to spread disease. That means overall, the world may not necessarily see an increase in mosquito-borne illnesses, but there may be outbreaks in new places.

Catholic health care providers say when those places lack the resources to cope, climate change and mosquito-borne illnesses become issues of social justice.

“People who are the least responsible for this problem [of climate change] are the people who are bearing the burden, whether it’s in this country or third-world countries,” said Julie Trocchio, a senior director at the U.S. Catholic Health Association, which represents more than 2,200 Catholic hospitals and health facilities. She says the C.H.A. sees mosquito-borne illnesses as one of the many ways climate change has a disproportionately harsh impact on people who lack financial resources and political power.

“[Pope Francis] describes this as a moral issue beautifully in ‘Laudato Si’’—because of what it does to the poor, because of what it does to creation, because of what it does to our resources,” she said.

The C.H.A. has signed onto the Catholic Climate Covenant, a movement of organizations, church leaders, parishes and individuals seeking stronger action on global warming and climate change. It has urged President Trump and Congress to support the Clean Power Plan, the Paris climate accord and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“’We’re concerned that when people talk about climate change, health isn’t one of the impacts that comes up,’ said Ms. Trocchio. ‘And it’s huge, not just with the vector-borne diseases…but storms [and] heat events.’

“As warming temperatures allow mosquitoes to survive in new areas, there could be one upside, if it could be so described. Mr. Herrera believes mosquito-borne illnesses have garnered more attention—and funding—because of the increasing outbreaks in wealthier nations and cities. When the 2016 Zika outbreak in Miami prompted fears of a public health crisis, it also thrust Zika onto the radar of politicians, reporters and researchers in the United States.

“’It’s important that people in the first world care’ about mosquito-borne illnesses, Mr. Herrera said, in order for research benefiting poorer countries to be funded. Mr. Herrera said research on the impacts of concurrent infections, along with prevention efforts, would benefit his patients most.

“But, he added, new research cannot just focus on travelers who get infected during trips abroad, then bring the viruses back home. And in the United States, the public health implications of climate change cannot be in the spotlight only when a Zika outbreak bridges partisan divides.

“We must speak of how the world interacts, fundamentally,” he said.

May 25, 2018: A Vaccine for Zika Virus Just Might Be on Its Way

This just in from Maureen McFadden, WNDU News.

“What’s the deadliest creature on earth? Do sharks, crocodiles or snakes come to mind? Well, deaths from those creatures pale in comparison to mosquitos.

“Globally, mosquitos kill more than 700,000 people a year. Researchers are now testing a vaccine that will protect people against one of those mosquito-borne diseases, the Zika virus.

“Summer is just around the corner – a time for playgrounds, beaches and mosquitos.

“’There’s a lot of mosquitos out there, and they carry a lot of diseases," said Dr. Sarah George, an infectious disease specialist at St. Louis University. "They’re nasty pests.”

“George is one of several doctors chasing a vaccine for the Zika virus. Two years ago, an outbreak caused severe birth defects in thousands of babies across Central and South America.

“’Something called microcephaly where the brain never develops properly, and the skull actually collapses [was noticed]," George said. "There’s not enough brain tissue to hold it up.”

“An effective vaccine could prevent that. George is testing one, a two-dose shot that contains an inactivated form of the virus. In the study, more than 90 percent of volunteers showed an immune response to Zika.

“’Pregnancy is usually a wonderful thing," George said. "Nobody wants to be told, ‘I’m sorry. There’s something seriously wrong with your baby.’ Everyone wants to be protected against that and, if a vaccine can do that, that’s wonderful.”

“Rachael Bradshaw, a prenatal genetic counselor who works with families at risk for having babies with birth defects, did not hesitate to volunteer for the study.

“’It seemed like something I could do to help out, if we could find a way to protect babies in the future,” Rachael said.

“She said getting the vaccine was easy.

“’It’s really no different than getting a flu shot,” she said.

“While Zika cases have dropped dramatically since that first outbreak, a vaccine could keep pregnant women and babies safe against future threats.

“’We will have another Zika outbreak,’ George said. ‘We just don’t know when or where.’

In the 2016 outbreak, there were more than 5.000 Zika cases in the U.S. Most were among people returning from affected countries, but more than 200 cases came from mosquitos in Florida and Texas.

“This year, more than a dozen cases have already been reported in the U.S.

“It’s important to note that the virus can be transmitted by sexual contact, too, not just from mosquitos.”

NEW RESEARCH: Sarah George, MD, from the Center for Vaccine Development at St. Louis University is searching for a vaccine for Zika. She is doing one of four different studies with inactivated Zika vaccine which was developed by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. The vaccine trial was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and she is studying how this vaccine works in terms of safety and antibody responses in about ninety healthy adults. The adults are being followed for a year after vaccination Early results showed no safety issues and it raised antibodies against Zika. Dr. George hopes someday they could give the vaccine to young girls before they ever become pregnant.
(Source: Sarah George, MD)"

January 8, 2018: Does 2018 Have Solution for Mosquito Disease?

More than 350 scientists from 95 leading organizations from around the world are testing a new generation of Anti-Mosquito called Kyzox as potential main weapon for Zika programs.

The program was funded by the European Union under the program Horizon 2020 “The need to reinvent health technology” to find an efficient response to the emergence of Zika Virus and more generally to the alarming 17% rise of Mosquitoes borne diseases infections occurring since 2013.

The funding allocated by the EU, €30 million, will go to three research consortia: ZikaPLAN (€11 million), coordinated by the Umeå University in Sweden, ZIKAction (€7 million), coordinated by the PENTA Foundation in Italy, and ZikAlliance (€12 million), coordinated by INSERM in France.

Project itself gathers the world’s largest expert’s coalition from the most prestigious universities, Foundations and Institutes from the five continents with the mission to deliver an Anti-Mosquitoes solution by the end of 2020.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Thomas Ant invited Kyzox Technology Founder to join force to run a series of experiments on Anti-Mosquito formulas identified by experts as the world’s latest anti-mosquito technology.

“The objective is to move on to a more of a phase 3-style clinical trial to see if the product could impact on disease transmission in at risk populations. Provided results were suitably encouraging the WHO to the endorsement of the product as a recommended intervention” Dr Ant said.

The scientists groups are especially interested in Kyzox Anti-Mosquito laundry additive can become a major solution to reduce mosquito’s diseases infections among populations.

For years specialists shown concern to the global warming that contribute to the worldwide spread of the 18 major diseases transmit by mosquitoes but also help mosquitoes to migrate and adapt in north hemisphere territories. In 2015 Japan has the first dengue outbreak since 1975 and it’s a sign cannot be ignored by governments and health organizations said experts.

According to the World Health Organization, in 2016, deadly mosquito diseases have reached the alarming number of 5.5 million victims with an estimated over 1.2 billion infections worldwide.

The WHO also concluded that infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy was a cause of congenital brain abnormalities, including microcephaly, and that the Zika virus is a trigger for Guillain-Barré syndrome.

The Zika virus continues to expand to areas in North America and Europe besides the danger of the Zika virus compared to other mosquito-borne diseases is that the Zika virus leaves life after effect in Newborn who have been infected during pregnancy, which also becomes a heavy and long financial burden for families and governments.

Kyzox Technology was created by a French Entomologist, Dr Francois Martin, who makes his mark as the forerunner that succeed to integrate Anti-Mosquito in existing mass consumer’s products, such Laundry Detergents, Floor Cleaners or Paints.

More Known by his colleagues to run Anti-Dengue campaigns in the poorest areas of the planet than a researcher in his laboratory, in 2009, the Entomologist wrote a report to the World Health Organization concluding by “If mosquitoes kill the poorest peoples simply because they cannot afford to buy Anti-Mosquito and less to pay medical bill when infection occur.“It’s our duty to protect them by integrating an Anti-Mosquito compound in what they already use and afford to buy, laundry detergent and washing soap are the most suitable products to start from.”

The complete Kyzox formulas remain secret, contacted by phone in the Philippines where Kyzox process the formulas, Dr Martin accepted to unveil part of the secret formula, “from start we immediately eliminated the common anti-mosquitos used from the past 50 years by the industry. DEET, Permethrin, Picardin, D-Permethrin and so on, if they will work it will be no need to try to find a solution.

One of the components of this novel formula is the extract of Vitex Negundo leaves that have high Mosquitocidal (repellency) property, but alone is no use except for spray or lotion.

The keys are not only to fix the repellent on the textile but also to preserve its efficiency during washing process. Is only what I can say” mentioned the French Doctor during the phone interview.

In an industry of more than 50 billion dollar a year, Kyzox concept attracts major companies originally not in the anti-mosquito industry, Kansai, and Nippon paints launched their Anti-Mosquito paints, American tycoon Unilever in the starting block to commercialize Anti-Mosquito laundry detergent and floor cleaner by the end this year.

“We focus on local manufacturers with regional brands because they react faster, their products are more affordable and are closer to the communities we hope to protect, large international companies are welcome to launch with our formula or something else, the only point is what they will offer to consumers must work, Kyzox was created to reduce mosquitoes borne diseases infections among the poorest, not to create a multimillion dollar business, the future will show which formula consumers trust.” said Dr Martin.

Source: The Jet, Fiji

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