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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.

Genetically modified mosquitoes released to combat dengue

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian scientists have released genetically modified male mosquitoes in Bentong, Pahang, without public approval, in an experiment to fight dengue fever in an uninhabited forested area.

George Clooney contracted malaria during trip in Sudan

Hollywood actor George Clooney has been inflicted with malaria while on a humanitarian visit to Sudan, a country in northeast Africa which he visited twice during the past three months.

Dengue fever case reported in Miami, authorities investigating

A Dengue fever case was reported in Miami - the first case in 50 years - and health authorities are investigating the overall penetration of the virus within the Miami area population.

Dengue fever claims 70 deaths in Thailand

Thailand had reported 70 deaths caused by dengue fever, a disease that is triggered by mosquito bites mostly on children and young adults.

New drug-resistant malaria found in Thai-Cambodia border

As deadly infectious diseases are concerned, malaria ranks among the very top of any global list. Now a new form of malaria has been discovered, one that is resistant to all current drug treatments.

Rise in tourism to the Galapagos may introduce harmful mosquitoes

The fauna of the Galapagos Islands is attracting tourists in even larger numbers. However, a mosquito carrying West Nile fever brought from the mainland with the tourists could prove more harmful to the animals than the tourists ever will.

Dengue Spreading And More Severe Warns Health-Latin America

Dengue Fever is spreading with more severe forms according to Health-Latin America. The disease is at epidemic levels in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Helping Mosquitoes Get Healthy May Save Lives

Malaria comes from sick Anopheles mosquitoes who bite humans injecting them with Plasmodium. Researchers know that mosquitoes like human have immune systems but a protozoan parasite is smarter than that immune system.

First Case Of Mosquito With West Nile Virus In Toronto

Toronto has its first case of West Nile Virus this year. A mosquito found within the city tested positive to the virus. There have been no human or bird cases so far this summer.
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A mosquito in the process of biting someone
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The Aedes aegypti - or yellow fever - mosquito
The Aedes aegypti - or yellow fever - mosquito
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Mosquito  carrier of dengue fever
Mosquito, carrier of dengue fever
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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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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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Aedes aegypti mosquito  carrier of dengue fever
Aedes aegypti mosquito, carrier of dengue fever
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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.
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