Asian tiger mosquito may potentially become an additional vector for the virus.
With an increasing number of affected individuals in Florida, health officials warn against the possibility of more cases of locally transmitted Zika in the U.S. going forward.
Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Brazil have successfully reduced dengue cases by 91% for the year.
Scientists are working on identifying important sequences of a mosquito’s DNA to control the insect’s cell development and behavior.
Medical authorities are warning that the Zika virus may already be spreading through Texas, California, Arizona and other parts of the U.S. where the summer weather fosters an inviting habitat for mosquitoes. Outbreaks may remain hidden until mothers begin giving birth to afflicted babies.
Yellow fever epidemic in Africa continues to spread amid health officials’ concern over limited vaccine supply.
The Zika virus is expected to reach parts of Europe in late spring and summer, health officials warn.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the U.S. resulted from unprotected sex.
Biologists have genetically engineered mosquitoes to reduce populations of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus, which is linked to a birth defect known as microencephaly. The hope is this will help stop the virus from spreading to the Americas and reduce the number of people impacted.