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New way to forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks

A new study has correlated weather conditions and the incidences of West Nile virus disease in the U.S. This could lead to a new means for predicting outbreaks and tracking the spread of the disease.

Potential antimalarial drug made from algae

Scientists have used algae to produce a malaria parasite protein. When the algae-produced protein is paired with an immune-boosting cocktail, studies showed generated antibodies in mice were able to eliminate a mosquito infection.

Using bacteria to battle malaria as possible drug treatment

Uppsala - A newly discovered family of bacteria, found in malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could hold the key to fighting the parasitic disease.

Little risk of malaria making a species jump

If the goal of eliminating the most dangerous malaria-causing parasite is achieved, will another type associated with a different species take its place?

Misuse of antibiotics can lead to increase in malaria

New research suggests that mosquitoes that consume penicillin and streptomycin-laced human blood pick up malaria more easily.

Beneficial bacteria help fight malaria

Lisbonne - Specific bacterial components in the human gut can help trigger a natural defense mechanism that guards against malaria transmission. This has come from a new study.

New compound shows anti-malaria promise

New York - A newly developed anti-malarial compound can trigger the immune system into rapidly destroying red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite and, at the same time, leave healthy blood cells intact.

Why do some mosquitoes carry malaria?

Researchers have genetically mapped 16 Anopheles mosquito species. Anopheles mosquitoes transmit human malaria parasites. Scientists are curious to understand why only a few dozen of the 500 different Anopheles species worldwide transmit malaria.

Chagas disease emerging as U.S. public health threat

Chagas disease - a stealthy parasitic infection that can lead to severe heart disease and death, is spreading in the U.S. Scientists argue that policy makers need to treat the issue seriously.

Dengue fever vaccine may actually increase prevalence

Scientists caution that such dengue fever vaccines will probably cause temporary but significant spikes in the disease in the years after they are first used, according to a new report.

Rise in drug resistant malaria

Washington - A new study indicates that drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and that it has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border.

Solano County reports first case of potentially deadly virus

Fairfield - Health officials in the San Francisco Bay Area county of Solano confirmed last week that a resident had contracted West Nile virus.

Bacterial infection could help to fight malaria

Perugia - A bacterial infection in two species of Anopheles mosquitoes (called Wolbachia) appears to reduce the incidence of pathogen infections in mosquitoes and has the potential to be used in controlling malaria-transmitting mosquito populations.

Protein discovery could help prevent malaria deaths

Stockholm - Malaria can be mild or deadly. However, there is no way to tell which patients are at risk of developing more dangerous forms of the disease. New research suggests that different proteins affect the seriousness of the disease.

Chikungunya virus gallops across Caribbean; may hit United States

Oranjestad - Chikungunya virus is spread by mosquitoes and has been galloping across the Caribbean. Experts say that it's likely to hit the U.S.

Searching for a new way to halt malaria

A research team have identified a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying. It is hoped that this could become the basis of a new treatment.

Malaria cases in U.S. at 40-year high

The number of malaria cases in the US has reached a 40-year high, with 1,925 cases reported in 2011 — the highest number since 1971.

Antimalarial drug warning due to side-effects

The U.S. FDA has issued a warning to patients and healthcare professionals about an antimalarial drug due to serious psychiatric and nerve side effects.

Anti-mosquito patch attracts $164,000 in crowd-sourced funding

The Kite Mosquito Patch is billed as a safe way to keep away mosquitoes for 48 hours, and its inventors recently achieved their Indiegogo fundraising goal of $75,000 by receiving more than $164,000.

Mosquitoes in cooler climes are less likely to transmit disease

Mosquitoes which transmit diseases like West Nile fever and Chikungunya fever are less likely to infect people and are also more susceptible to insecticides if they are reared in cooler climates.

Successful project delivers malaria nets to Ghana

Accra - The Promoting Malaria Prevention and Treatment (ProMPT) Project has proposed a model for distributing over 12 million mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Ghana.

Malaria mosquitoes are attracted by human smells

Mosquitoes infected carrying the malaria parasite are more likely to land on and examine materials laced with human body odor than materials untainted by 'the human smell'.

Super-sized gallinipper mosquitoes may swarm Florida this summer

Experts at the University of Florida have warned that a breed of huge mosquitoes are expected to invade areas of Florida in "large numbers" this summer. The mosquitoes which grow 20 times bigger than the common mosquitoes are "notoriously aggressive."

France’s Sanofi Pasteur to release Dengue fever vaccine

Lyon - French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur announced this week that it would soon be bringing to the market a vaccine to counter Dengue fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and which is estimated to threaten almost half the world’s population.

Mosquito apps are bummer buzz kill

If the 21 century has a universal meme then one of the more popular ones has to be "Hey, there's an app for that....." Well, hey, maybe there is and maybe there isn't, but when it comes to mosquito apps save your money because they do not work.

Hurricane Isaac may add to near record-setting West Nile outbreak

With all the rain and flooding Isaac has left behind, some are worried the near record-setting number of West Nile cases in the US will increase. Stagnant, pooling water is a breeding ground for algae, a source of food for mosquito larvae.

Fears over plan to release GM mosquitoes in Key West

Key West - A company called Oxitec plans to release 5,000 to 10,000 genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the native population of mosquitoes in Key West, Florida. But residents are protesting that the potential harmful effects of the mosquitoes are uncertain.

Mosquitoes engineered to be unable to transmit malaria

Scientists have bred mosquitoes which are unable to infect people with the malaria parasite. They hope that such populations of malaria-free mosquitoes can enter the ecosystem and help to curb the population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Smelly socks could prevent malaria

Every year almost 800,000 people, mostly children, die from malaria. Tanzania's Ifakara Health Institute has begun to develop a device that may help prevent malaria deaths in the developing world using the odor of smelly socks.

Google using search terms to track Dengue fever outbreaks

Taking a page from its Flu Trends offering, Google has begun using search terminology to monitor outbreaks of Dengue fever, a particularly nasty mosquito-born virus that impacts populated tropical areas worldwide.
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Mosquito  carrier of dengue fever
Mosquito, carrier of dengue fever
The Aedes aegypti mosquito responsible for yellow fever.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito responsible for yellow fever.
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The Kite Mosquito Patch
The Kite Mosquito Patch
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A female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a human arm. This mosquito is a vector of malaria.
A female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a human arm. This mosquito is a vector of malaria.
James Gathany /CDC
The Aedes aegypti - or yellow fever - mosquito
The Aedes aegypti - or yellow fever - mosquito
Aedes aegypti mosquito  carrier of dengue fever
Aedes aegypti mosquito, carrier of dengue fever
Sanofi Pasteur Press Release
Solano health officials regularly check mosquitoes for West Nile virus  as witj this trap set on Fir...
Solano health officials regularly check mosquitoes for West Nile virus, as witj this trap set on First Street in Benicia, the county's oldest city.
A mosquito in the process of biting someone
A mosquito in the process of biting someone
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CULPRIT: Close-up photograph of Culex mosquito  blamed for spreading the West Nile virus.
CULPRIT: Close-up photograph of Culex mosquito, blamed for spreading the West Nile virus.
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Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin.
Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin.
USDA website
Female Ae. japonicus captured feeding in May 2015. (a) Frontal view showing scutum. (b) Lateral view...
Female Ae. japonicus captured feeding in May 2015. (a) Frontal view showing scutum. (b) Lateral view showing scale pattern on abdomen and right hind femur, with proboscis inserted further.
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