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Fighting Dengue Fever

May 12, 2014

An infectious and often fatal disease is spreading - dengue fever. It is caused by a virus transmitted by certain species of mosquito. So far there is no effective vaccine against the disease.

Denguefieber Swat
Image: Adnan Gran

Researchers at the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg are looking for ways of identifying and combating the pathogen-carrying mosquito species. They are collaborating with scientists in Brazil. The country, which is hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, is a high dengue risk area and wants to find ways of keeping infections down.

Fighting Dengue Fever

Watch also our Studiotalk with Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg:

Is the dengue fever gaining ground?

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