Summer means mosquito season as well. Several states have already found bugs carrying the West Nile virus, signalling a need to be more careful of mosquitoes this season, especially when outdoors.
According to a recent study published on the journal Nature Communications last Dec. 6, 2016, the population of mosquitoes have increased almost ten-fold over the last 50 years especially in New York, New Jersey, and California.
New study reveals a breakthrough discovery that could possibly help put an end to mosquito-borne diseases in continents as big as Africa.
The answer to mosquito-borne illnesses? Perhaps even more mosquitoes.
Imagine witnessing millions of blood-sucking insects swarming before your eyes. Early this August, a horrifying, huge, vertical swarm of mosquitoes was filmed in Russia. A tornado itself is already terrifying, but a tornado of mosquitoes is far more bone-chilling.
A new study suggests that natural plant-sugars could affect the relationship between Anopheles mosquito and Plasmodium parasite, resulting to possible decrease or increase of malaria transmission.
Sleeping next to a live chicken is a more natural way of repelling malaria-causing mosquitoes, study finds.
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.
A baby with Zika-related microcephaly was born in New Jersey, a first for the New York tri-state. The mother contracted the Zika virus during a trip to Honduras.
In a press conference, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the Zika virus seems to be scarier than what they initially thought. This is after a Brazilian team of scientists discovered that it is possible for the Zika virus to trigger an immune attack on the central nervous system of adults.
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.
Asian tiger mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs near flowers, suggesting we could lure these pests into traps using certain flower fragrances. This could help control the spread of mosquito-transmitted disease.
Rare Hawaiian forest birds may lose half of their natural high-elevation habitat by the end of the century, thanks to climate shifts and disease outbreaks.
Indian Mynas are also carrying exotic strands of avian malaria which is threatening native wildlife.