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Vector Borne Diseases

GM flies promise a good night

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2014

Lethal nanopowder

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2013

Mosquito matters

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013
Dengue, malaria and chikungunya struck over 1.13 million people in the country last year. Of these, 766 succumbed. India bears a huge burden of mosquito-borne diseases, contributing 34 per cent of global dengue and 11 per cent of global malaria cases. Despite this, the country has made no headway in tackling the mosquito menace.

Swine flu tamed?

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2013

Why we are bugged

Author(s): Dipesh Bhandari
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
I am sure most of us have not come across the word “zoonosis”. Speak about AIDS, SARS, bubonic plague and swine flu, the word acquires affinity. And then talk of dengue and malaria, it acquires an ominous urgency. Zoonosis is a collective noun for such—and some lesser known—infections that have jumped over from animals to humans. These infections are the subject of David Quammen’s book Spillover.

Check for chikungunya

Author(s): Biplab Das
Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012

How wind lures mosquitoes

Author(s): Ishita Das
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2012
A STUDY conducted in coastal Kenya has found a fascinating link between wind direction and transmission of malaria in nearby households. Geographical features, other than distance from water bodies or potential larval sites, that lead to formation of malaria hotspots are not fully understood.

Curse of excess

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2012

Future shock

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2011
It is a definite recipe for disaster, barely short of apocalypse. Thousands may die, millions get affected, and assets worth billions of dollars get destroyed. As human-induced greenhouse gases increase, so will extreme weather events like floods, heat waves and droughts.

Non-profit diseases

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2007
 
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