Dengue fever is one of the deadly illnesses caused by the dengue virus via vectors like mosquitoes. In line with this, researchers are working on new strategies that manage these pests.
Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Brazil have successfully reduced dengue cases by 91% for the year.
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.
Researchers are working on a way to send a different message via microbial communications to mosquitoes, to keep them from biting us and spreading pandemics as well as irritation.
Two types of mosquitoes that spread the world's most common insect-borne illness and another very serious infectious disease are now present in southern Europe and the U.S, Oxford researchers say.
Scientists who examined the dengue viral strain that caused big problems in Puerto Rico in 1994 say that they know more now about why some strains are worse than others.
Researchers are currently testing male GM mosquitoes whose young die without maturing, in two locations in Brazil. They want to try Florida, too.
As we embrace spring and with it warmer weather, soon mosquitos will become a regular nuisance. And if you often find yourself the victim of itchy mosquito bites, it's not because you taste sweet, but in fact because of your genes.
Dengue fever is not to be taken lightly, but compared to malaria, it is a far less deadly mosquito-transmitted disease. Unfortunately, the illnesses tend to share very similar starting symptoms, causing frequent misdiagnoses in areas endemic for both diseases. Now new research shows that these mistakes not only impact individual patients, but could be helping malaria become an even greater danger.
Experts in Brazil have been releasing modified mosquitoes in the thousands for the last few months in a unique effort to fight the spread of a painful disease known as Dengue fever.
In the midst of growing concerns about dangerous dengue fever and other mosquito-borne illnesses, researchers have just completed phase three clinical testing of a dengue vaccine. Initial results are promising, giving professionals hope for the future.
A strategy that could help contain some mosquito-borne illnesses has now been discovered to make West Nile virus more prevalent among local swarms - an incredibly important discovery in the midst of growing concerns about this year's outbreaks.