Scientists Track Mosquitoes that Transmit Zika and Dengue by County

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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 […]

A Report from the Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas in Brazil

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus. A new federal report offers new directions for research and development of mosquito-control efforts.

By Richard Levine Yesterday, March 13, 2016, nearly 70 scientists, public-health officials and other participants attended the Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas, a one-day meeting convened by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) in the city of Maceió in Alagoas, Brazil. Although the Summit […]

The Aedes aegypti Mosquito Was a Problem Way Before the Zika Virus

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By Richard Levine Today I wrote a guest article for the Oxford University Press blog. What do Napoléon Bonaparte, Walter Reed, the Panama Canal, and the Zika virus all have in common? The answer is the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector of yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and the Zika virus. The ability to transmit […]

Free Resources on Aedes aegypti and Zika Virus Research

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus. A new federal report offers new directions for research and development of mosquito-control efforts.

In response to the recent outbreak of the Zika virus in the Americas, Oxford University Press has curated a collection of free articles on the virus and its carrier, the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), which is also the primary vector of yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya. These articles are freely available to assist researchers, medical […]

Researchers Find Gene that Makes Mosquitoes Prefer Humans over Animals

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The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is one of the world’s deadliest mosquitoes. Found in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide, it is the principal carrier of yellow fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Yellow fever annually kills tens of thousands of people worldwide, primarily in Africa, while dengue fever infects hundreds of millions. Interestingly, these mosquitoes […]

Bacterium May Make Mosquitoes Less Susceptible to Dengue and Malaria

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Just like those of humans, insect guts are full of microbes, and the microbiota can influence the insect’s ability to transmit diseases. A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that a bacterium isolated from the gut of an Aedes mosquito can reduce infection of mosquitoes by malaria parasites and dengue virus. The bacterium can also […]

Fungus Spores can Kill Mosquitoes, Save Lives

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The findings of a study by a team of academics led by Swansea University could have far-reaching implications for the control of mosquito larvae across the world. The study, recently published by the PLOS One research journal, shows the mechanisms by which a fungus called Metarhizium anisopliae kills mosquito larvae, which could help efforts to […]

US Army Launches Website About Permethrin-Treated Uniforms

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Throughout history, more soldiers have died from insects than from bullets or bombs, since insects like mosquitoes and lice can vector diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, or typhus. To combat this, the US Army has been treating uniforms with permethrin, which repels mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and flies. There are no known health risks associated […]