Article on page A8 of Saturday (August 17) Wall Street Journal: DENGUE FEVER SWEEPS SOUTHEAST ASIA - This news story comes within a few days after a news story concerning 3 cases of dengue fever in Florida. It appears that SIGA may be on the cutting edge of a growing, worldwide problem.
From the miami herald a few days ago:
STUART, Fla. -- Health officials say they've confirmed three cases of dengue fever contracted in central Florida.
Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Millions of cases are reported worldwide each year, but it's rare for anyone to contract it in the United States.
The Florida Department of Health says the three patients are residents of Martin and St. Lucie counties. Officials say the patients acquired dengue from mosquitoes in Rio, near Jensen Beach. None have traveled internationally recently.
Officials say St. Lucie County hasn't had any cases of locally acquired dengue until now. There was one case in Martin County in 2011.
Dengue is sometimes called "break bone fever" because of the severe joint pain it causes in extreme cases. Other symptoms include high fever, severe headache and a rash.
Thanks for the copy of the Florida article - I remembered reading it but couldn't trace back to where I originally found it.
It's kind of funny - all of our attention has been focused recently of the PIP litigation, which is interesting and, I think will be settled in the near future in SIGA's favor. That said, I think the real future growth of SIGA lies in the direction of a cure for Dengue - if we develop a viable drug that can do that, it will completely overshadow PIP, Small Pox and our old friend Judge Parsons. Let's keep our fingers (or any other available body parts) crossed!