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Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Ticks That Carry Lyme Disease Found in Eastern National Parks
    Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. According to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Antiviral Protein Hampers TBE Virus
    Research at Umeå University in Sweden presents a new discovery: the protein viperin can prohibit tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) from multiplying in the cell. It also limits the amount of functional viruses that can leave the cells. "Through the understanding of ...More
    October 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Scientists Review Methods to Prevent Bites and Suppress Ticks That Transmit Lyme Disease
    Dr. Lars Eisen and Marc Dolan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reviewed decades of scientific literature on the effectiveness of various methods of preventing bites and controlling ticks that transmit Lyme disease. Their findings are ...More
    July 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Treatment of Humans and Pigs May Reduce Endemic Tapeworm Infection
    The transmission of Taenia solium, a pork tapeworm species that infects humans and causes late-onset seizures and epilepsy, can be stopped on a population-wide level with mass treatments of both pigs and humans, researchers have shown. Researchers from several institutions, ...More
    June 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Itchy Inflammation of Mosquito Bites Helps Viruses Replicate
    Mosquito bite sites are not just itchy, irritating nuisances - they also make viral infections spread by the insects far worse, new research has found. The study, led by the University of Leeds, found that inflammation where the insect has bitten not only helps a virus such ...More
    June 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Map by County the Mosquitoes That Transmit Zika and Dengue
    The mosquitoes known as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus transmit arboviruses that are increasing threats to human health in the Americas, particularly dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. Therefore, accurate and up-to-date information for the geographical ranges of ...More
    June 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Survey Suggests Lack of Support for Novel Way to Combat Mosquito That Carries Disease
    A small survey of residents of a Florida Keys neighborhood where officials hope to release genetically modified mosquitos to potentially reduce the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika finds a lack of support for the control method, according to new research from ...More
    June 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • Combination Therapy Cures Tickborne Illness in Mouse Model
    A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, said Yale researchers. This "radical" therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that ...More
    June 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • Viruses Detected in Swedish Mosquito Larvae
    After an outbreak of Ockelbo disease in northern Sweden in 2013, researchers at Umeå University were able to trace the virus to mosquitos in an area of Lövånger. In a new study, researchers have shown that mosquito larvae in the Västerbotten region ...More
    May 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hybrid Forms of the Common House Mosquito May Serve as Vectors Between Birds and Humans
    Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna for the first time collected quantified data on hybrid forms of two species of the northern house mosquito in eastern Austria. The reproductive hybrid feeds – in contrast to the two known species of house mosquito – on the blood ...More
    April 27, 2016 Posted in News
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