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Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Fighting Mosquito Resistance to Insecticides
    Controlling mosquitoes that carry human diseases is a global health challenge as their ability to resist insecticides now threatens efforts to prevent epidemics. Scientists from the CNRS, IRD, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Université Joseph Fourier in ...More
    July 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mowing Dry Detention Basins Makes Mosquito Problems Worse
    A study of the West Nile virus risk associated with "dry" water-detention basins in Central Illinois took an unexpected turn when land managers started mowing the basins. The mowing of wetland plants in basins that failed to drain properly led to a boom in populations of ...More
    July 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Burden of Dengue, Chikungunya in India is Far Worse Than Understood Currently
    New Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research finds new evidence that an extremely high number of people in southern India are exposed to two mosquito-borne viruses -- dengue and chikungunya. These findings, the researchers say, reinforce the need for ...More
    July 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Blacklegged Tick Populations Have Expanded Via Migration
    Lyme disease cases are on the rise, with diagnoses occurring in areas that were historically Lyme-free. Scientists attribute the spread to the fact that populations of blacklegged ticks, which carry the bacteria that causes the disease, now flourish in areas once thought to ...More
    July 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Adapt Household Products to Dupe and Trap Deadly Disease-Carrying Insects in Africa
    Crushed seashells and vinegar could be the key ingredients in an inexpensive and readily available way to lure and trap disease-carrying insects in developing nations, according to a new UF/IFAS study. By using these simple ingredients, insect experts can find easier ways ...More
    July 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes are More Widespread Than Ever, and Spreading
    Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause disease. The population of the tiger mosquito, which is known to carry dengue and chikungunya, has ...More
    June 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Dengue Mosquitoes Hitch Rides on Amazon River Boats
    The urban mosquito that carries the dengue fever virus is hitching rides on river boats connecting the Amazonian town of Iquitos, Peru, with rural areas. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases published a study by disease ecologists at Emory University, showing how the Aedes ...More
    June 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mosquito Sex-Determining Gene Could Help Fight Dengue Fever
    Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood for developing ...More
    May 22, 2015 Posted in News
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