Controlling the Asian Tiger Mosquito, a Potential Zika Vector, is Possible but Difficult


By Meredith Swett Walker Is there a tiger lurking in your neighborhood? The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is spreading in the U.S. and its preferred habitat is urban and suburban areas. Unfortunately Ae. albopictus is not simply a nuisance at backyard barbecues — the mosquito is a potential vector for Zika as well as […]

Free Articles Provide Insight on the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus


This week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and the Entomological Society of America is supporting the effort with a special collection of articles about the Asian tiger mosquito. Like its close relative Aedes aegypti, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been in the news recently due to its ability to transmit pathogens that […]

Scientists Track Mosquitoes that Transmit Zika and Dengue by County


By Harvey Black As mosquito-borne diseases that were once rare or unseen in the United States are making their presence known in the country, a team of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Colorado State University is calling for greater efforts to systematically map the presence of the vectors carrying these […]

Zika Virus Genome Sequence Published by the Institut Pasteur


Described for the first time in Uganda in 1947, Zika is an arbovirus belonging to the same family as dengue and yellow fever. These viral diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes in the Aedes genus, like the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). The first cases were confirmed in Brazil in […]

Mosquitoes More Likely to Lay Eggs in Water Sources Near Flowers


By Josh Lancette Certain mosquitoes are more likely to lay eggs in water sources near flowers than in water sources without flowers, according to an article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Researchers from the USDA and the University of Florida studied the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and its egg-laying preferences. This mosquito […]

Mosquitoes Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Sort it Out Eventually


By Erin Weeks In the 1980s, public health officials and entomologists noticed a curious sea change in Florida. For centuries, the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) had been one of the deadliest and most invasive disease transmitters in the United States. Borne by stowaway mosquitoes from Africa, yellow fever surged through eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American cities, […]

Why Fly When You Can Hitchhike? Mosquitoes Rely on Roads to Disperse


It’s only been about a year since the tropical disease chikungunya was first spotted in the Western Hemisphere. In December 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a travel warning to the Caribbean after the disease had been found on the island of St. Martin. Since then, there have been more than a million […]

Zika Virus: Another Threat from the Asian Tiger Mosquito


A new virus in the group that includes dengue and chikungunya is the subject of an article in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Originating in Africa, zika was isolated in humans in the 1970s. Several years earlier, only a few human cases had been reported. It took until 2007 for the virus to show […]

Public Health Authorities Began Preparing for Chikungunya Years Ago


This week is Mosquito Control Awareness Week, so it’s a good time to look at how the Pan American Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a proactive approach to the coming threat of chikungunya virus. In December, 2013, the first case of “local” chikungunya transmission in the western hemisphere […]

Chikungunya Virus is Expected to Become Established in the U.S.


About six months ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a travel warning for people visiting islands in the Caribbean because chikungunya virus had been detected on the island of St. Martin. This was the first time it had been detected in the Americas. Now, in addition to the islands, health authorities are preparing […]