A group of scientists of the North-East Institute of Science and Technology (NEISC), formerly known as Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), Jorhat, has prepared a safe mosquito repellent in the form of Agarbatti or incense sticks from a harmless bio-product. Most of mosquito repellents currently used for domestic purpose are mainly synthetic products with high mammalian toxicity. They are mostly synthetic pyrethroids. Though they are less harmful then general insecticides, but still are not totally safe for prolonged use, sources said.

reemergence of the chikungunya virus in India in 2005

Dengue fever is a mosquito born arboviral disease caused by four serotypes of dengue virus (DEN-1 to DEN-4). Although the classical type of dengue fever has been endemic in India for many years, the more severe form of disease, dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS), were first reported from Calcutta in 1963. Since then many outbreaks of DHF/DSS have been reported from various parts of the country. Delhi has witnessed two major outbreaks of dengue haemorrhagic fever in the last two decades. It has been noticed that clinical features

An explosive outbreak in a remote corner of France--and fears that it may threaten Europe and the United States--have brought fresh attention to an exotic virus.

malaria treatment has so far been uniform globally. who guidelines on symptoms of severe malaria are based on symptoms found in children in Africa. They include anaemia, jaundice and hypoglycaemia

chikungunya has re-emerged in Maharashtra, like it had in 2006. This time round, Kolhapur is the worst-affected district with 22 cases reported in April and May, followed by Sangli with four

Long-lasting insecticidal bednets (LLINs) are one of the major ways to control malaria, and they are widely accepted worldwide by communities in areas affected by malaria. One LLIN costs about US$5 to manufacture and is effective for about 5 years.

The Chikungunya virus has travelled from south India across the seven seas to the us, piggybacking on travellers to the subcontinent in 2005-06. The alarm was raised by the Centers for Disease

There is a logic to the idea of neglected diseases. Historically the diseases poor people get largely in the poorer parts of the world haven t got enough attention from policy makers in national governments and multilateral agencies precisely because they

Yemen's health ministry recently announced a new strategy to fight malaria in the country at a reduced cost. In place of annual campaigns against the disease, it plans to have permanent teams