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.
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.
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.
Inflammation caused by mosquito bites helps viruses to infect the body.
How do we convince people that spreading Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes can eliminate dengue when they have long came to understand that mosquitoes transmit dengue?
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.
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?
Zika virus may be in the headlines but the burden of other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, should not be overlooked.
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.
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.
As Zika fear rises, people are inevitably asking why we don't have a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne virus.
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?
They’re small, spindly insects but their threat never dwindles – the bites of mosquitoes threaten death and disease in many parts of the world.
Could this relatively unknown virus become a household name in the Americas in the year to come?
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.
Could climate change cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread? While this an extremely important health question, the answer is far from simple.
Investment in insect-borne disease field trials is being wasted by poor study design.
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.
The east coast of Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease in years.