Anopheles stephensi mosquito bites a human to get a blood meal through its pointed proboscis. A droplet of blood is expelled from the abdomen after having engorged itself.
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Researchers are exploring genetic forms of population control called gene drives that spread traits faster that happens naturally. The goal is to curb mosquito-borne diseases like malaria.
View of Taichung City, Taiwan, behind a mosquito net.
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Genetically modified mosquitoes breed fear and suspicion, especially since the research happens behind closed doors, away from the public. Now scientists and architects are trying to change that model.
Warmer temperatures could lead to more zones of the country that make good breeding sites for mosquitoes.
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Is our changing climate making regions of the US more suitable for ticks and mosquitoes that spread diseases? Or is the climate changing human physiology making us more vulnerable?
More than 3.9 billion people live in regions where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is present. This species transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
For several billion people mosquitoes are more than a nuisance -- they transmit deadly diseases. Now genetic modification may prove the most effective defense against the mosquito, preventing disease.
Don’t scratch it!
Mosquitoes are picky about who they bite but it's not actually "us" that they're smelling when they choose their next meal...
Psorophora ferox female, a potential vector for Madariaga virus. Photo taken on Heritage Island, Anacostia River, in Washington, D.C., June 30, 2012.
The collapse of Venezuela's public health system has terrible consequences inside the country, but it also is giving rise to mosquito-borne viruses that could spread to nearby countries.
At a construction site in New Delhi, workers are exposed to mosquito repellent.
The spread of infectious diseases such as chikungunya is closely linked to urban mobility, yet small Indian cities could play a crucial role in the resilience process.
Wondering why the Good Lord gave Culicoides impunctatus to Scotland? This might be the best answer yet.
Finding Zika’s roots can help contain the virus.
The 2015 Zika outbreak in South America brought the virus to global attention. But tracing the history of the virus in West Africa can give clues to tackling future outbreaks.
Tiny bug, major disease spreader.
Dr. Paul Howell, USCDCP
Several sites in the US are releasing bacteria-infected mosquitoes as a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses that threaten people. What's the science – and how well will it work?
Dengue fever is influenced by rainfall, temperature and unplanned rapid urbanisation.
Early detection of dengue fever and access to proper medical care where the symptoms are treated is critical and lifesaving.
Revellers at a carnival in Sao Paulo wear mosquito masks in a reference to the
Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can spread dengue and Zika on February 4, 2016.
Emerging research suggests that preexisting immunity to dengue virus, which is endemic in South America, could make a subsequent Zika infection worse.
Most ill health can be avoided on family holidays through research and planning in advance, plus smart packing.
Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller's diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
For viruses like dengue, being injected with the pathogen as in a vaccine can open the door to secondary infections.
Our immune system protects us but when it comes to some mosquito-borne disease, it can work against us. What are the implications for the development of a Zika virus vaccine?
Cages full of hand reared yellow fever mosquitoes await research (or possibly release)
Cameron Webb, NSW Health Pathology/University of Sydney
Upscaling the success of emerging mosquito control technologies relies on automating the rearing and release of millions of mosquitoes. Australia is to become the testing ground for a novel strategy.
The outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil had Australian travellers on alert but transmission is only possible in tropical Queensland.
New research shows common local mosquitoes aren’t able to spread Zika. This means Australia is unlikely to see a major outbreak of the disease. But a risk remains in northern Queensland.
Aedes aegypti: bringing you Zika, dengue and Chikungunya.
Zika had already reached 46,000 probable cases by the end of May 2016 and is transmitted by the same mosquito species as dengue and Chikungunya.
There’s something in the bite.
Inflammation caused by mosquito bites helps viruses to infect the body.
Community members visit our insectary and diagnostic laboratory to gain a better understanding about Aedes mosquitoes and Wolbachia.
How do we convince people that spreading Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes can eliminate dengue when they have long came to understand that mosquitoes transmit dengue?
Controlling mosquitoes has a large effect on controlling the diseases they carry.
Innovations targeted at mosquito control are good but should not draw focus away from the tried and tested public health measures to control mosquito-borne diseases.