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Mosquitoes News

Understanding mosquito feeding, to avoid disease spread

Biologists have discovered that mosquitoes bite male birds twice as often as they bite females. The same is true with people: mosquitoes bite men more often than women. Knowing this could help to stop the insects from spreading viruses to people.

Chikungunya viral infections in France

Montpellier - The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported on four locally acquired cases of the virus in France: four members of the same family in Montpellier.

Brazil launches 'good mosquitoes' to fight Dengue fever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian scientists, based in Rio de Janeiro, have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.

How chikungunya virus spreads

A study has revealed that chikungunya virus is transmitted through a three-way interaction that relates to viral strain, mosquito genotype, and ambient temperature.

First Chikungunya case contracted in U.S.

Miami - A Florida man has become the first U.S. resident who has not recently traveled outside the country to be diagnosed with an infection from the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya.

Mosquito trap prompts bomb investigation

Rock Springs - A bomb squad was called in to investigate a suspicious device found inside a Wyoming power plant early Wednesday morning. The device in question turned out to be just a common trap used for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes attracted by odor

Mice infected with a malaria-causing parasite emit odors that are more attractive to malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, according to new research.

Tracking chikungunya virus across the globe

Paris - As chikungunya virus spreads across the Caribbean, scientists are attempting to work out the virus’s next steps and understand its partnership with mosquitoes.

Call for horses to be protected from mosquitoes

A leading veterinarian in the U.S. advises that horses should be protected from mosquitoes to in order to protect the horse and people from West Nile virus, especially during the heavy infection season in mid to late summer.

Genetically engineering mosquitoes to combat malaria

A science group has proposed that introducing genetic engineering to eliminate the population of female mosquitoes is key to fighting malaria. Other scientists have expressed concerns about the ethics of species elimination.

New target for treating Dengue fever

New research may help scientists develop treatments for Dengue fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing viruses.

Why are mosquitoes attracted to people?

Female mosquitoes, which can transmit deadly diseases like malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus and filariasis, are attracted to people by smelling the carbon dioxide we exhale. This is the outcome of a new study.

Clues offered about Dengue fever

Dengue fever and West Nile fever are mosquito-borne diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide each year. However, there is no real protection against either of the related viruses. Scientists have been looking into the issue.

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.

How to make people 'invisible' to mosquitoes

Scientists think that it is possible to make an "invisibility cloak"’ to protect people against the blood-sucking insects. The basis of the cloak is the drug used in illegal "party pills."

New antimalarial drugs in development

Lisbon - Researchers have discovered a new class of highly potent antimalarial compounds. These chemicals, developed to fight cancer, appear to be able to kill the malaria causing parasite.

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.

Chimps contract malaria at the same rate as people

Chimpanzees have been studied for the first time relation to the incidences of malaria. The conclusion is that chimps can contract malaria just as easily as people and have similar survival rates if untreated.

How much dengue virus is needed to infect a person?

It is well established that dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes. But just how much of the virus is needed and when are mosquitoes most infectious? New research answers these questions.

Could climate change bring malaria to the UK?

Epidemiologists are calling on the government to take action against the growing threat that mosquito-borne diseases, including potentially fatal malaria, could soon arrive in the UK.

Edible anti-malarial treatment could be developed

Scientists are weighing up the possibilities of developing an edible anti-malarial treatment, manufactured using green algae.

Mosquitoes stopped from spreading dengue fever by bacteria

Scientists have had some success with manipulating mosquitoes so that they are unable to spread viruses such as dengue, a disease which kills round 40,000 people each year.

Re-engineering mosquitoes to save millions of people per year

Mosquitoes have killed more humans than any other creature, war or plague in history, but now, scientists are making impressive headway in the fight against the disease-carrying insect.

New drug to tackle malaria

A promising new antimalarial drug with the potential to cure the mosquito-borne disease and block its transmission with low doses has progressed to an advanced trial stage.

New sensitive test for malaria developed

Scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have collaborated on the development of what has been heralded as the most sensitive laboratory technique for the determination of malaria transmission.

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."

Some mosquitoes ignore DEET repellent

New observations of mosquitoes suggest that the widely used insect repellent DEET appears to be losing its effectiveness.

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.

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.

Five infected with West Nile virus in Greece

Five people have been infected with the mosquito borne West Nile virus, which can cause encephalitis and meningitis. Unusually, those infected were in urban areas of Athens.
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Extent of Dengue fever and countries at risk 2011 according to World Health Organisation (WHO)
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