Test 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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In May of 2014, the meeting “the State of the Art for the Prevention and Control of Dengue in the Americas” was held in Washington DC, organized by the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis through the Unit of Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases. Select this link to find the final report (English version). Comments and inquires must be address to Dr. Jose Luis San Martin, Regional Advisor on Dengue in the Americas.
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).
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.
PAHO Director Message on World Health Day 2014 (03/18/2014)
An educational video game on dengue (07/26/2013)
13º International Dengue Course (01/08/2013)
New CDC test for dengue approved (07/03/2012)
12th International Dengue Course (8-19 August 2011) (01/05/2011)
Aedes Aegypti: medidas para el control del vector (11/29/2010)
External Parties Materials: Dengue (04/21/2009)
Call to Action: Dengue (24 March 2009) (03/24/2009)