In rural Ghana, only 18% of patients believe elephantiasis is a disease. Some others think it is caused by curses or even rain. Only by understanding local beliefs can it be treated effectively.
It is estimated that half of world’s population is at risk of being infected by an arbovirus.
Until now, access to the vaccines has been limited. But that’s expected to change.
Summer is no fun when mosquitoes are biting. Insect repellent creams, sprays, and lotions are safe and effective but there are alternatives. Here’s what works and what doesn’t!
Mosquitoes love the wetter weather La Niña brings to some parts of Australia. But will we see more mosquito-borne disease?
Water is crucial to the spread of malaria because mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in or near bodies of water.
While no deaths have been reported in Ethiopia so far, outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease spread rapidly and have severe impacts on public health.
Murray Valley encephalitis virus is a rare but potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus. Here’s what you need to know about it.
The sounds of mosquitoes may be annoying to many but tuning into their musical whines could help design new mosquito traps. Just don’t expect sounds from your smartphone to protect you from bites!
Australian mosquitoes, unlike their Asian and American counterparts, can still be controlled by insecticides like pyrethroids. What lessons are there for managing pesticide resistance in insects?
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?
Worst year for mosquitoes ever? How do scientists catch and count mosquitoes to work out why mosquito populations fluctuate from year to year? Can we predict outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease?
The World Health Organisation no longer sees Zika as a health emergency. But what does this downgrade mean for the health of mothers and babies?
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?
It’s hard to contain a mosquito-borne infection like Zika when the conditions are ideal for it to spread.
A computer model suggests that while more cases of Zika can be expected in the continental U.S. outbreaks will probably be small and are not projected to spread.
A rise in cases of the mysterious “Bairnsdale ulcer” in coastal Victoria has health authorities on alert and scientists investigating the role of mosquitoes in the spread.
While no one likes getting bitten by mosquitoes, you might be surprised (and even a little fascinated) at the complex adaptions mosquitoes have developed to locate their favorite food sources.
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.