Dengue fever: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Kolkata becomes first city to install RT-PCR machines in India

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has installed first of its kind high-end reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines in India for quick detection of diseases such as  dengue, tuberculosis and swine flu. The machines will serve as a “third umpire” in situations when medical reports and blood tests reveal contradictory results. Its objective is ..

Delhi government launchs “champions campaign” to fight against Dengue

The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has recently launched “champions campaign” in the National Capital in a fight against dengue. He urged people to encourage their friends to inspect their homes to check their homes for mosquito larvae & to clean stagnant water.   The campaign visualizes that citizens should promptly reach out to ..

Delhi government to launch a new initiative ‘10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute – Har Ravivar, dengue par war’

From 1st September 2019, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to launched a mega 10-week anti-mosquito campaign against dengue and chikungunya that aims to increase the participation of residents in preventing their spread. The initiative titled ‘10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute – Har Ravivar, dengue par war’. As part of the campaign, the ..

HDFC ERGO launches Mosquito Disease Protection Policy

HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company has recently launched the ‘Mosquito Disease Protection Policy’. This new policy will cover an individual against common mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue Fever, Malaria, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, Kala-azar, Lymphatic Filariasis and Zika Virus. According to the report published by National Health Profile 2018, there has been an alarming rise in dengue ..

Monkey Fever

Monkey Fever or Kyasanur Forest Disease is a tick-borne viral disease. It is caused by Kyasanur forest disease virus (KFDV), a member of the virus family Flaviridae, which also causes dengue and yellow fever. The virus has been detected in monkeys in parts of Bandipur National Park (Chamarajnagar) and parts of the Nilgiris. It is ..

India to boost Dengue Vaccine Research under Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), which functions under Ministry of Science & Technology is supporting the research on dengue vaccine under the aegis of Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme (VAP) and the Vaccine Grand Challenge Programme (VGCP). All efforts are being taken to come out with a safe, efficacious and inexpensive dengue vaccine. For this purpose, ..

Squalamine: The Wonder Drug from Sharks

Squalamine is a Wonder drug from a compound found Shark Fishes. Its a strong naturally derived broad-spectrum antibiotic that is predominantly derived from the livers of dogfish and other shark species and can be helpful in Dengue, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis. As per a research team led by Michael Zasloff at Georgetown University , Ssqualamine, already ..

Bacteria Wolbachia to Prevent Dengue

Recently, the scientists in Australia have discovered an inexpensive and effectual way to avoid transmission of dengue fever. A simple bacterium called “Wolbachia” that only infects insects could prevent dengue in its tracks. Researchers infected mosquitoes, with bacterium that blocks development of the dengue virus. Resistant insects were then released and they successfully interbred with ..