Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are at the center of Zika virus’ spread.
Look beyond transgenic techniques that add new genes to a species. People have used selective breeding techniques to change plants and animals for millennia – why not try them on mosquitoes?
A new arrival in Australian backyards may increase the risks of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.
Zika virus may be in the headlines but the burden of other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, should not be overlooked.
Sorting pupae of genetically modified mosquitoes before release to the wild.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
Women read Zika virus flyers at the departures area of Santiago’s international airport, January 28, 2016.
Models based on where the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are found and human travel patterns to and from infected areas are key to predicting where the virus will spread.
The link between microcephaly in unborn children and Zika hasn’t been definitely confirmed, but vaccine development is a top priority.
As Zika fear rises, people are inevitably asking why we don't have a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne virus.
Municipal workers wait before spraying insecticide to prevent the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquito at Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016.
Zika was discovered almost 70 years ago, but wasn't associated with outbreaks until 2007. So how did this formerly obscure virus wind up causing so much trouble in Brazil?
There is little doubt the virus can make it to Australia.
They’re small, spindly insects but their threat never dwindles – the bites of mosquitoes threaten death and disease in many parts of the world.
Spread by mosquitoes.
Could this relatively unknown virus become a household name in the Americas in the year to come?
Disase carrying insects are attracted to light bulbs – a constraint of domestic solar energy.
Solar is a vital piece of the energy puzzle for Africa, but there is an insect problem that comes with the light from solar.
The immune system protects us from the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and other types of pathogens we encounter throughout life. But it can sometimes misbehave.
Will climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread?
Could climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread? While this an extremely important health question, the answer is far from simple.
A global killer – we need to use all the resources we can get.
Investment in insect-borne disease field trials is being wasted by poor study design.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue fever when enjoying blood meals.
Annihilate the Aedes aegypti mosquito population and you'd stop dengue fever from infecting up to 100 million people worldwide annually. Here are some high-tech methods under development.
A changing climate may contribute to more mosquito-borne disease, but it doesn’t guarantee it.
The east coast of Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease in years.
For exposed skin, there really isn’t an alternative to topical insect repellents.
Mosquitoes need blood to survive. And what better place to get a good meal than a slow, tasty human. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying. Every year around 5,000 Australians get sick following a mosquito bite…
Anopheles gambiae – coming to a home near you?
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Many tropical diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease and dengue are transmitted to humans via mosquitoes and other carriers known as vectors. These vector-borne diseases continue to have a major impact…
Air travel can turn epidemics into pandemics.
More than 8,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa since February 2014 and it has spread beyond the three countries initially affected. So, it’s an epidemic, right? Or is it an outbreak? What about…
The pest hides out in pot plants and rainwater tanks, and feeds on humans and pets.
An Australian native mosquito has for the first time been detected in urban California, in the latest wave of mozzies hitching…
Urban development in coastal Australia brings people closer to mosquito habitats while often also creating new wetlands.
Webb, Medical Entomology
There are many ways to prevent mosquito-borne diseases – insecticides to kill mosquitoes, vaccines to prevent infection and healthy doses of insect repellent before heading off for fishing trips. But while…
Professor Scott O'Neill inspects the first Wolbachia Aedes aegypti mosquitoes released in North Queensland. In this trial, Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes, which don’t pass dengue fever onto humans, went on to breed with local populations and begat new generations of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes.
Photo: Eliminate Dengue program
World-first field trials of a new technique to stop mosquitoes passing the dangerous and painful dengue virus onto humans…