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Microplastics may enter foodchain through mosquitoes

Paris - Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment.

Tick and mosquito-borne illnesses surge in U.S. and Canada

The number of illnesses caused by ticks and mosquitoes has been increasing in North America. The U.S. saw more than 30,000 illnesses in 2017, while Canada saw an increase from 144 cases in 2009, to nearly 1,500 in 2017.

Canadian student successfully maps mosquito spread

Winipeg - A graduate student has helped in a local area’s battle against mosquitoes. Martine Balcaen has come up with a method to track mosquitoes around Winnipeg.

Essential Science: Nanoparticles used for malaria test

Malaria is one of the world’s most serious and common diseases. In order to improve detectability, researchers have developed a new test for the causative parasite. The test uses the latest nanoscience technology.

Tech companies have joined the fight against mosquitoes

Technology companies in the U.S. are using automation and robotics to engage in the age-old fight against mosquitoes in an attempt to halt the spread of the Zika virus.

Decision taken not to release GM mosquitoes in Florida

Tampa - The controversial proposal to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida has been dropped due to concerns about the environmental impact.

Essential Science: New ideas for avoiding mosquito bites

Bites from mosquitoes range from the annoying to the dangerous, depending upon whether the mosquito is a vector for a dangerous virus. Mosquitoes do not bite indiscriminately, with some preferring people to other mammals.

Rare mosquito vector disease found in Haiti

Virologists have identified previously undetected mosquito carried disease from a patient in Haiti. The disease has not previously been detected within any Caribbean nation.

Zika and the Naled controversy — is the pesticide safe?

Miami-Dade County's decision to use the pesticide naled to fight the Zika-carrying mosquito has caused a great deal of controversy over the safety of the chemical to humans and the environment.

Yeast interfering larvicides tested out on Zika mosquitoes

Paris - One of the solutions being considered to combat Zika virus disease is a type of yeast interfering larvicides, designed to kill the mosquito larvae.

Sleeping with chickens protects you from mosquitoes

If you're worried about mosquito bites, or live in an area at risk from malaria, then sleeping with a chicken might be the answer. A point of scientific research are the compounds in chicken feathers.

Florida residents unsure about mosquito disease risks

Miami - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering testing out a new anti-mosquito control method in one community within Florida. However, a recent survey suggests the residents are skeptical.

Op-Ed: Gene technology, the possible solution to the Zika virus

The Zika virus has become a World Health Organization (WHO)-declared ‘global health emergency.’ Among the different treatment options, gene technology is being mooted as a solution. Not all scientists are in support, though.

Op-Ed: Technology and the art of modern warfare Special

As we humans have evolved, so has our technology. That's especially true when it comes to modern warfare. We now have DREAD guns, self-tracking bullets, cyborg insects, and laser avengers.

Mowing detention basins increases West Nile virus risk

Incidences of West Nile virus and the association of the disease with mosquitoes can be enhanced if mowers are taken to water detention basins, a study conducted in Central Illinois (U.S.) has revealed.

Repeated infections of mosquitoes makes malaria worse

If a mosquito gets re-infected with the parasite that causes malaria then evidence suggest that the parasites become more harmful to the next host. This is to do with multiple infections of different parasites.

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.

How Viagra can prevent malaria transmission

Viagra, the well-known drug for men with sexual problems, may have another use: fighting the malaria parasite. This is, in all seriousness, by increasing the stiffness of infected erythrocytes (red blood cells).

Why do some people attract mosquitoes more than others?

Been sitting outside with a group and wondered why some people are bitten more often than others by mosquitoes? The answer lies in the genes, resulting in some people being ‘super magnets’ for the buzzing nuisances.

Malaria cells produce odors that attract mosquitoes

Malaria causing parasites produce chemical compounds that give off odors. These odors attract mosquitoes to come and bite an infected animal, thereby ensuring the cycle of infection continues.

Disease carrying mosquitoes could reach the U.K.

Mosquitoes carrying "tropical diseases" could become widespread across the U.K. over the next 20 or 30 years. This is assuming that European temperatures continue to rise.

Resistant malaria moves closer to India border

Parasites resistant to the antimalarial drug artemisinin are spreading through mosquitoes. A new study shows that mosquitoes carrying these parasites are in Myanmar and are heading to the India border.

Messing with 'Mother Nature' — Here comes DNA-altered mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are carriers of some horrible diseases like Dengue and chikungunya, to name just a few. A UK company has developed a genetically-mosified mosquito that may take care of the problem, reducing mosquito populations. But not everyone is happy.

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.

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.
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MosquitoMate technician releases sterile male mosquitoes in a field trial.
MosquitoMate technician releases sterile male mosquitoes in a field trial.
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever  which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito ...
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which also spreads Zika, dengue and chikungunya
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Checking a smart trap during the pilot project.
Checking a smart trap during the pilot project.
Ethan Jackson  a Microsoft researcher who is leading Project Premonition.
Ethan Jackson, a Microsoft researcher who is leading Project Premonition.
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In this photo  we see the larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Naled is not effective against the lar...
In this photo, we see the larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Naled is not effective against the larvae. — (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
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Extent of Dengue fever and countries at risk 2011 according to World Health Organisation (WHO)
Extent of Dengue fever and countries at risk 2011 according to World Health Organisation (WHO)
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