Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Disease-Carrying Fleas Abound on New York City's Rats
    In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry a flea species capable of transmitting plague pathogens. In research appearing March 2 in the Journal of Medical Entomology, lead author Matthew Frye, an urban entomologist with ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • In a Warmer World, Ticks That Spread Disease are Arriving Earlier, Expanding Their Ranges
    In the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tickborne pathogens. At the same time, milder weather is allowing ticks to spread into new geographic regions. ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • How Malaria-Spreading Mosquitoes Can Tell You're Home
    Females of the malaria-spreading mosquito tend to obtain their blood meals within human dwellings.  Indeed, this mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, spends much of its adult life indoors where it is constantly exposed to human odor – from used clothing, bedding, etc. ...More
    January 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Developing Vaccines for Insect-Borne Viruses
    Vaccines developed using proteins rather than live viruses can help protect animals and subsequently humans from insect-borne viruses, according to Alan Young, chief scientific officer for Medgene Labs, an animal health company that develops therapeutics and diagnostics, ...More
    January 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mosquito-Feeding Study May Help Stem Dangerous Viruses
    Mosquitoes bite male birds nearly twice as often as they bite females, a finding that may help scientists understand how to stem some viruses from spreading to humans, new University of Florida research shows. In findings published online today in Royal Society Open ...More
    November 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Study New York's Rats and the Diseases They Carry
    In the first study to look at would-be diseases carried by New York City rats, scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health identified bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Salmonella, and C. difficile, that ...More
    October 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • By Studying Genome of Tickborne Pathogen, Researcher Aims to Develop Vaccines
    A Kansas State University professor is researching ways to keep animals and humans safe from tickborne diseases. Roman Ganta, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, has received a four-year $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to continue studying ...More
    October 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Research Milestone in CCHF Virus Could Help Identify New Treatments
    New research into the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV), a tickborne virus which causes a severe hemorrhagic disease in humans similar to that caused by Ebolavirus, has identified new cellular factors essential for CCHFV infection. This discovery has the ...More
    September 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Mammal Traits Amplify Tickborne Illness
    In the U.S., some 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. Thousands also suffer from babesiosis and anaplasmosis, tickborne ailments that can occur alone or as co-infections with Lyme disease. According to a new paper published in PLOS ONE, when small, ...More
    September 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Expert Busts Myths About Ticks
    A walk through the woods, a fishing trip, or an evening playing in the yard with your children are situations with the potential to encounter dozens, even hundreds of blood-sucking pests known as ticks. Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in ...More
    August 21, 2014 Posted in News
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