Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Researchers Master Gene-Editing Technique in Mosquito That Transmits Deadly Diseases
    Traditionally, to understand how a gene functions, a scientist would breed an organism that lacks that gene then ask how the organism has changed. Are its senses affected? Its behavior? Can it even survive? Thanks to the recent advance of gene editing technology, this gold ...More
    2 days ago Posted in News
  • LED Light Bulbs Could Save Lives in Developing Countries
    How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it? The answer to both questions is more people than you might expect. In the developing world, light bulbs might as well be insect magnets. The light they emit – ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • Experts Warn of Potential Upsurge in Mosquito- and Tick-Borne Diseases as UK Climate Gets Warmer
    Climate change could accelerate the emergence of vector-borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, and West Nile virus in the UK, warn leading public health experts Dr. Jolyon Medlock and professor Steve Leach from the Emergency Response Department at Public Health ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • Misperceptions Keep Kids from Getting Lifesaving Treatment for Tickborne Diseases
    Kids are five times more likely than adults to die from tickborne diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). Doctors often avoid prescribing doxycycline, the most effective RMSF treatment, for young children because the drug’s warning label cautions that tooth ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • 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 weeks 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
    February 18, 2015 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
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