Backyard mosquitoes can be more than just annoying pests. Their bites can spread the pathogens that make us sick.
With all the attention focussed on combating the spread of COVID-19 it’s easy to forget the other health challenges that could affect us all.
Prolonged rains increase the amount of stagnant water in the environment in which mosquitoes breed. This increases the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Genetically modified mosquitoes were released in Brazil in an attempt to halt the spread of dengue fever by reducing the mosquito population.
There’s a big market for new treatments for TB, malaria and other ailments. But most of these diseases afflict low-income people unable to pay for medicine.
Mosquito-borne dengue virus returned to central Queensland after being absent for decades. But while most Australian cases involve travellers, this one is locally acquired.
The CDC recently announced an uptick in diseases spread by vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. Here’s why and what you can do to lower your risk.
Kenya must establish policies to tackle dengue fever and chikungunya, like it did for malaria.
Vast amounts of standing water in Houston and other hurricane-flooded areas are dangerous not only because of toxins. The water is a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
The World Health Organisation has pledged a long-term response to controlling the Zika virus because the threat is far from over
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?
Emerging research suggests that preexisting immunity to dengue virus, which is endemic in South America, could make a subsequent Zika infection worse.
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?
There’s a new weapon against mosquitoes that spreads diseases such as dengue and yellow fever – more mosquitoes.
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.
If we can solve the privacy issues, placing trackers on people and the things we make can teach us a great deal about ourselves and the world around us.
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.
They spread disease and misery and account for millions of deaths every year. There’s not a lot to be said for mosquitoes.
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.