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Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Exploring a New Complication From an Emergent Tickborne Parasite
    Babesiosis is a rare -- but increasingly common -- disease spread by ticks. After a bite from an infected tick, microscopic malaria-like parasites are transmitted into the host where they can infect and destroy red blood cells, causing nonimmune hemolytic anemia. Treatment ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Can North American Animals Serve as Hosts for Zika Virus?
    The mosquito-borne Zika virus might be able to infect and reproduce in a variety of common animal species, and a new study looked at 16 different types of animals, including goats, pigeons, raccoons, and ducks, to determine their potential to serve as hosts for Zika virus. ...More
    February 21, 2017 Posted in News
  • Study Identifies How Ticks Fight Lyme Disease Bacteria and Other Microbes
    Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many ...More
    February 14, 2017 Posted in News
  • Mosquito Research Receives $2 Million Grant to Speed the Development of New Vector Control Products
    LSTM’s Department of Vector Biology has received a major grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a research program to develop novel test protocols to accelerate development and bring to market, the next generation of vector control products. Faced with ...More
    February 10, 2017 Posted in News
  • CDC Awards $10 Million for Insect-Borne Disease Center
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $10 million to a consortium of Midwestern universities to establish a new research and training program to stem the spread of disease carried by vectors like ticks and mosquitoes. The Upper Midwestern Center ...More
    January 26, 2017 Posted in News
  • 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
    January 3, 2017 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
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