Tag: Mosquitoes

Genetically Modified Fungus Kills 99 Percent oF Malaria Mosquitoes In Just 45 Days

Researchers tested the fungus in a fake village called the MosquitoSphere. By the end of the 45-day trial, the spider toxin fungus wiped out 99 percent of the mosquito population.

Public Health May 31, 2019

These Are The US Cities With Worst Mosquito Infestation

Diseases from vectors are becoming increasingly common, so it's important to protect yourself from vectors, especially mosquitoes. Find out if your city is part of Orkin's list of top mosquito cities in the country.

Public Health May 22, 2019

Skrillex's Dubstep Music Protects Against Mosquito Bites: Study

Can dubstep actually save you from mosquito bites and potential diseases? According to scientists, evidence shows that this specific Skrillex tune can drive away the mosquitoes.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 2, 2019

Here's How Mosquitoes Find You With Your Sweat

After over four decades, scientists now know how mosquitoes zero in on human sweat. Can removing the responsible receptor lead to mosquitoes that bite less?

Feature | Health March 31, 2019

Horses Wearing Striped Pajamas Shed Light On How Zebras Avoid Biting Flies

Zebras and their stripes have long left scientists puzzled. A new study observed zebras, horses, and horses dressed as zebras in an attempt to discover the reason behind the unique striped coat.

Animals March 12, 2019

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released In High-Security Lab

Genetically modified female mosquitoes will become sterile that they no longer have the ability to bite humans. This trait will be passed on to future generations of a particular species; thus, eradicating malaria in Africa.

Animals February 20, 2019

Diet Drugs Make Mosquitoes Stop Biting, Study Finds

Is there a way to stop mosquitoes from biting humans? A team of researchers found that human diet drugs also worked to suppress the apetites of mosquitoes.

Public Health February 8, 2019

First Case Of West Nile Virus In Arlington Confirmed

A resident of Arlington County has been diagnosed with West Nile, a virus commonly spread through mosquito bites. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the virus has been reported in humans in 30 states.

August 20, 2018

Scientists Wipe Out Over 80 Percent Of Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes In Experiments

Australian scientists successfully wiped out more than 80 percent of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations carried out in the northeastern state of Queensland, Australia. Female mosquitoes were found unable to reproduce properly after scientists introduced sterile males to the population.

Medicine July 11, 2018

Bill Gates Finances Plan To Eradicate Malaria With Mosquitoes That Kill Each Other During Sex

Bill Gates donated $4 million to kill mosquitoes to eradicate malaria. The plan involves genetically modified mosquitoes having sex and transmitting a self-limiting gene.

Animals June 22, 2018

Florida Teen Is First Known Case Of Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus Infection In Humans

The 16-year-old boy was tested for Zika and other related viruses. It took more than a year of testing and analyses before he was diagnosed of Keystone virus, which had not been previously found in humans.

Public Health June 22, 2018

Two Cases Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Riverside County As Mosquito Population Surges

Cases of West Nile virus has been confirmed in two Riverside County individuals. In 2017, 33 of the 553 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in California was recorded in Riverside County.

Public Health June 15, 2018

Changes In Body Odor Can Indicate Malaria Among Asymptomatic Carriers

An international team of researchers classified the changes in the odor of people infected with malaria. The team hopes that the scent they identified could help them detect infections among asymptomatic carriers.

Public Health May 15, 2018

Tick, Flea, And Mosquito Infections More Than Tripled Since 2004: Here's How To Protect Against Bug Bites

Infections from ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes have surged to 'astronomical levels,' and apparently, the United States is not fully prepared for the health threat. You will have to claim the responsibility of protecting yourself and your family from bug bites.

Public Health May 3, 2018

Researchers In Kenya Made Human Blood Deadly To Mosquitoes

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

Drug Causing Blue Urine Could Prevent Transmission Of Malaria

Who would’ve thought that something as an ordinary dye could solve a deadly epidemic? Researchers may have finally found the solution to prevent malaria transmission but it has some strange side effects.

Public Health February 10, 2018

Millions Of Mosquitoes Released In Miami: Here's Why This Is A Good Thing

Millions of mosquitoes were released in South Miami's Brewers Park. The mosquitoes, however, are special, as they are bred in a laboratory to carry the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria, which will help control the insect's population.

Public Health February 9, 2018

Swatting Mosquitoes Trains Them To Stay Away From You: Other Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites

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

Swatting Mosquitoes Teaches Them To Avoid You: Study

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

EPA Approves Release Of Lab-Grown Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light to release lab-grown mosquitoes in some selected places in the United States. The insects will be infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which will aid in containing diseases such as Zika and dengue.

Public Health November 10, 2017

Verily Releases Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue: Is Wolbachia Technique Safe For Humans?

Up to 20 million mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria will be released in California to fight zika, dengue and chikungunya. Does this technique pose safety risk to humans and other species?

Public Health July 17, 2017

Zika Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Detected In Long Beach: How To Avoid Getting Bitten

Public health officials in Long Beach, California have detected disease-carrying mosquitoes in the area for the first time. Residents and visitors have been advised to take all necessary precautions to prevent getting bitten by these insects.

Public Health June 20, 2017

Meet Another Zika Carrier, A Common Backyard Mosquito

Apart from Zika’s main carrier, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus is the second mosquito species that could potentially transmit the disease. Although this species is not yet a confirmed Zika mosquito vector, Ae. albopictus has been found to carry Zika virus RNA.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Miami Construction Boom Brings Back Zika Virus Worries

Mosquito control inspectors warn construction sites in Miami-Dade still pose a threat for the transmission of the Zika virus. County officials met on Monday, April 3, to discuss Zika preventive measures that reduce these sites’s role in virus reemergence.

Public Health April 4, 2017

Houston Officials Consider Use Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika Virus

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

Other Mosquito Species Could End Up Carrying Zika Virus

The Zika virus has become a major public health concern, especially since studies reveal even more species of mosquitoes than previously thought can transmit the disease. Studies identify 26 additional vector species, seven of which occur in the continental United States.

Public Health March 2, 2017

Clinical Trial To Test Mosquito Saliva Vaccine For Malaria, Zika And Dengue Viruses

A Phase 1 clinical trial of an experimental vaccine designed to provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue will involve up to 60 adult participants. How does this AGS-v vaccine work?

Medicine February 22, 2017

Mosquitoes Can Now Be Genetically Altered To Resist Dengue Virus

Mosquito-borne diseases affect millions worldwide, prompting researchers to find a solution or cure. Recent studies reveal, however, that genetically engineering mosquitoes could prevent the spread and limit the risks of the dengue virus.

Medicine January 21, 2017

Two New Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Found In Florida: Is Another Zika Underway?

University of Florida researchers discover two new tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes for the first time in their state, warning about the possibility of a new virus and the role of global warming in the arrival of the exotic species.

Public Health January 12, 2017

Ancient Teeth Samples From Time Of Roman Empire Bear Evidence Of Malaria Parasite

Analysis of teeth samples from skeletal remains dating back to the era of the Roman Empire unveiled mitochondrial genomic evidence of Plasmodium falciparum, the mosquito-borne parasite that causes malaria. What did the discovery prove?

Public Health December 6, 2016

Mosquitoes Can Infect You With Two Viruses In One Bite: Safe And Natural Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes can infect humans with chikungunya and Zika virus in just one bite. How do you avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes without using insect repellents?

Public Health November 17, 2016

Zika Virus: Miami Beach Plans To Use Bats To Get Rid Of Zika Virus-Infected Mosquitoes

In the fight against the dangers of Zika virus, the officials of Miami Beach have decided to attract a bat population into the area. The pilot project aims at reducing the mosquitoes, since air spraying was inefficient.

Public Health October 18, 2016

Altering Human ‘Flavor’ May Have A Role In Fighting Malaria

Mosquitoes pick up both taste and smell while choosing to suck blood from the host, reports a recent study. Developing a repellent then that would make mosquitoes detest “human flavor” could help fight malaria better.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Zika Virus Effects On Adults: Zika Virus Can Damage Brain And Memory, New Evidence Suggests

A nurse who was infected with Zika in the Dominican Republic suffered from neurological problems. Her case provides evidence the mosquito-borne virus can affect the brains of human adults.

Public Health September 13, 2016

Millions Of Bees Dead In South Carolina Following Mosquito Spraying To Combat Zika Virus

About 2.5 million bees were killed by aerial spraying of insecticide in Dorchester County. The chemical was sprayed to kill mosquitoes in the locality after four Zika virus cases were confirmed in the state.

Earth/Environment September 2, 2016

Adult Mosquitoes Can Infect Offspring In Their Eggs With Zika Virus

Adult female mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus to their offspring in their eggs. Experts said this makes it more difficult to eliminate Zika, which is known to cause serious birth defects.

Public Health August 30, 2016

FDA Approves Releasing Oxitec's Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida To Fight Zika Virus

Federal health regulators gave their approval to a proposed field trial that would release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida. This is how Oxitec's mutant mosquitoes will help fight Zika.

Biotech August 6, 2016

Zika Cases Reported In Florida: How To Protect Against Zika And West Nile Virus This Summer

With Zika cases reported in Florida by mosquito bites and it being prime West Nile Virus time, here’s how to protect against the bugs for the rest of the summer.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Chicken Odor May Be Used In Insect Repellents To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Malaria, Zika

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are repelled by the odor of chickens. The discovery could pave way for new insect repellents that can help in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

Public Health July 22, 2016

Zika Outbreak Peaked In Brazil But Still Looms Over US

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil may have already peaked and will soon fizzle out, a new study suggests. Researchers say efforts to prevent its spread are 'futile.'

Public Health July 15, 2016

Lab Researcher Contracts Zika Virus From Infected Needle Stick

A female lab researcher from the University of Pittsburgh contracts Zika virus after accidentally sticking herself with an infected needle. The case is believed to be the first Zika infection contracted through a lab in the U.S.

Public Health June 10, 2016

Memorial Day 2016: How To Avoid Mosquito And Tick Bites This Summer

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and summertime is about to begin. Officials are reminding the public to be extra careful and avoid mosquito or tick bites. We've listed a few tips here.

Public Health May 30, 2016

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Newest Weapon In War On Zika

The Zika virus is a danger to people around Latin America and the Caribbean. But has it met its match in the same mosquitoes that spread the virus?

Biotech May 25, 2016

Mosquitoes Infected With Wolbachia Bacteria Could Diminish Zika Virus Transmission

Infecting female mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria could significantly reduce the insects' ability to transmit Zika virus, a new study in Brazil revealed. The biological method could help stop the spread of the infection.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Zika Is A Deadly Virus: This Is How It Can Kill You

Recent deaths of patients infected with Zika show the mosquito-borne virus, which do not often cause symptoms in infected individuals, can kill. Here's how the virus attacks.

Public Health May 1, 2016

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