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Study on genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash

In an attempt to control the mosquito-borne diseases, English biotech company, Oxitec, developed a strain of transgenically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes having a "lethal gene." This gene should have doomed any offspring created.

South Korea, Bangladesh report first Zika cases

South Korea and Bangladesh have reported their first confirmed cases of the Zika virus, whose outbreak has already affected dozens of countries, mostly in Central America.

Wash. D.C. harboring mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus

Researchers reported on Monday they have identified a major population of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for carrying dengue fever, chikungunya, and the Zika virus in a capital hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

NIH director says of Zika spread: 'A pandemic in progress'

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's health minister made headlines over remarks he made about Brazil's actions in battling the Zika virus. Brazilian dailies have quoted the minister as saying the country is “badly losing the battle” against the mosquito that transmits Zika.
 

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Aedes aegypti biting human.
Aedes aegypti biting human.
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Aedes albopictus female mosquito feeding on a human host.
Photo taken: Dec. 31  2002.
Aedes albopictus female mosquito feeding on a human host. Photo taken: Dec. 31, 2002.
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The Aedes aegypti mosquito responsible for yellow fever.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito responsible for yellow fever.
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