The CDC reported that vector-borne diseases from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas have more than tripled since 2004. Experts are investigating the role of climate change in the spread of these diseases.
Public Health May 2, 2018
In experiments that involved malaria patients, up to 97 percent of mosquitoes that fed on the participants' blood samples died. Here's how the researchers made human blood poisonous to these disease carriers.
Public Health March 29, 2018
Swatting mosquitoes away is one way of teaching them to avoid you, a new research suggests. Here are other recommended ways to avoid getting bitten by these disease-carrying bugs.
Public Health January 29, 2018
Mosquitoes can distinguish the scent of hosts that exhibit defensive behaviors such as swatting. Understanding the behavior of these pesky pests has important implications in mosquito control to fight Zika, dengue, and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Animals January 26, 2018
Earlier recommendations greenlighted administration of Sanofi's Dengvaxia in healthy individuals to prevent dengue fever. Findings of a new long-term study, however, found the dengue vaccine could pose risk to certain individuals.
Medicine December 4, 2017
Verily's technologically advanced Debug Project is already underway in Fresno County. How will releasing 20 million bacteria-infected male mosquitoes help reduce the population of disease-carrying mosquitoes?
Public Health July 15, 2017
Officials of Harris County are considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika virus and other deadly mosquito-borne diseases. The technology may fill in the gaps in existing methods to contain the spread of all mosquito-borne diseases.
Public Health March 21, 2017
It has been thought in the past that West Nile virus epidemics spread in most ideal temperatures of transmission. The new study, however, shows us how West Nile virus transmission is higher during drought.
Public Health February 12, 2017
CDC reported the first known case of Zika transmission from female to male through sexual contact. Experts said it is also possible that infection of the mosquito-borne virus can occur between female sex partners.
Public Health July 16, 2016
Three cases of West Nile virus infections have been detected in California since the start of July. Officials said the latest of these infections was found in a dead bird recovered in Santa Cruz County.
Public Health July 11, 2016
Microcephaly is supposedly a rare condition, but the number of confirmed and suspected cases in Brazil is now 5,235. Zika virus is strongly linked to this surge in birth defects.
Life March 31, 2016
GlaxoSmithKline discarded GSK983 drug due to its side effects in clinical trials. Lab tests, however, suggest a strategy so this abandoned drug can be used to fight disease-causing viruses such as those that cause Zika, dengue and ebola.
Life March 29, 2016
Pregnant women are the ones most affected by the new Zika virus outbreak that has ravaged the Americas in the past few months. Health officials urged pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant to practice abundance of precaution.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 15, 2016
Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the region. The outbreak is the largest since the 1940s, health officials said.
Life February 10, 2016
Experts said that it is just a matter of time before the mosquito-borne Zika virus arrives in the U.S. Here's what could happen once an outbreak occurs.
Life January 24, 2016
The chikungunya virus can cause potentially deadly encephalitis, particularly in infants and older adults. To date there is still no vaccine or cure available to treat the mosquito-borne infection.
Life November 27, 2015
Mosquitoes target animals, including humans, using a variety of senses. But which is most important?
July 17, 2015
A number of children who died from cerebral malaria, the deadliest mosquito-borne disease, suffered from severe swelling of the brain. The findings could pave the way to improved treatment and save lives.
Life March 19, 2015
Researchers said that doctors should check on their patients' travel and medical histories in order to better identify whether Chikungunya or Rheumatoid Arthritis is behind the symptoms.
Life January 31, 2015
Efforts to control malaria may have driven the evolution of a new, insecticide-resistant species of mosquito, scientists say. Experts say it is not an unexpected consequence.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 13, 2015
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa negatively affects control and treatment of malaria so WHO recommended temporary measures for fighting the mosquito-borne disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Life December 9, 2014
An experimental vaccine developed by Sanofi significantly reduces risks of the severe form of dengue which could lead to hospitalizations and death.
Life July 13, 2014