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New CDC test for dengue approvedTest diagnoses dengue faster using existing flu diagnosis equipment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a new diagnostic test to detect the presence of dengue virus in people with suspect symptoms of dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever.

The test, called the CDC DENV-1-4 Real Time RT PCR Assay, has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States and can be performed using equipment and supplies many public health laboratories already use to diagnose influenza. This is the first FDA-approved molecular test for dengue that detects evidence of the virus itself. The new test will help diagnose dengue within the first seven days after symptoms of the illness appear, which is when most people are likely to see a health care professional and the dengue virus is likely to be present in their blood. The test can identify all four dengue virus types.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:39


2014

Five-fold increase in dengue cases in the Americas over the past decade (05/29/2014)

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The number of dengue cases in the Americas increased five-fold between 2003 and 2013, according to data presented this week at a high-level regional meeting on dengue hosted by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

"Small bites can be big threats," experts warn on World Health Day (04/06/2014)

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Mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other insects can be far more than a nuisance. The diseases they carry-malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and many others-can cause serious illness and in some cases death. In the Americas, one out of every two people lives in an area at risk of one or more of these vector-borne diseases.

Half the population of the Americas is at risk of diseases carried by small insects (04/04/2014)

Roughly 50% of people living in the Western Hemisphere are at risk of one or more diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors, including West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. In a “call to action” for World Health Day 2014, top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.

Call to Action: “Step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas” (03/31/2014)

PAHO Director Message on World Health Day 2014 (03/18/2014)

Países de las Américas implementarán un protocolo de vigilancia integrada del dengue (03/06/2014)

2013

Reunión Regional ¿Porqué no podemos controlar el Aedes aegypti? Situación Actual y próximos pasos (Spanish only) (11/25/2013)

Reunión Regional de alineación de la Estrategia de Gestión Integrada para la prevención y control del Dengue de la OPS/OMS (EGI-Dengue) (10/11/2013)

Se inició el XIII Curso Internacional de Dengue 2013 en La Habana y culminará el 23 de agosto (08/13/2013)

An educational video game on dengue (07/26/2013)

¡La prevención del Dengue es tarea de todos! - Pueblo Pitanga: Enemigos Silenciosos (07/12/2013)

13º International Dengue Course (01/08/2013)

2012

Curso Internacional de Intervención Integral de Dengue (07/11/2012)

New CDC test for dengue approved (07/03/2012)

2011

Puerto Rico Presents Pilot Project for the Prevention and Control of Dengue (11/23/2011)

12th International Dengue Course (8-19 August 2011) (01/05/2011)

2010

Aedes Aegypti: medidas para el control del vector (11/29/2010)

2009

Autoridades de Salud alertan sobre brote severo de dengue en Nicaragua (10/02/2009)

External Parties Materials: Dengue (04/21/2009)

XI International Dengue Course (Havana, Cuba, 10-21 August 2009) (04/01/2009)

XI International Dengue Course (Havana, Cuba, 10-21 August 2009) (04/01/2009)

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