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Vector-Borne Diseases


  • 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
    5 days ago 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
    6 days ago 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
    3 weeks ago 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
    3 weeks ago 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
    3 weeks ago 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
  • Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance
    Florida mosquito control officials may learn to emulate Pinellas County’s mosquito-borne disease surveillance program and its response to a West Nile virus outbreak in 2005, a University of Florida entomologist says. “They have a top-notch mosquito surveillance ...More
    April 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Atlanta, Southeast Region Top Mosquito Cities List
    The Atlanta area tops pest control leader Orkin’s list of Top Mosquito Cities for the third year in a row. Atlanta is followed on the list by Chicago and Washington, D.C. Eight cities in the Southeast are included in the ranking – more than any other region. ...More
    April 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Mosquito May Play Key Role in Transmitting Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Southeast
    A mosquito species that is abundant in the Southeast may play a more significant role in transmitting Eastern equine encephalitis than originally thought, according to a University of Florida scientist. Nathan Burkett-Cadena, an assistant professor of entomology at the UF ...More
    April 12, 2016 Posted in News
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