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Only half of Australia’s mozzies have been officially diagnosed, so how are scientists able to identify the others to help fight disease?
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.
Clothes can offer some protection.
It's tempting to ditch the mozzie creams and sprays, and switch to clothing that has its own “built in” bug repellent instead. But the technology isn't quite there yet.
Bed nets treated with insecticide have been effective in fighting malaria in Africa.
The fight against malaria needs scientific innovation. But community buy-in is just as important.
High magnification view of mosquito pupae and larvae underwater.
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Researchers have tried unsuccessfully for decades to develop a malaria vaccine. Now a new approach, showing promise in mice, suggests it is possible to block mosquitoes from spreading the disease.
The mosquitoes that spread Japanese encephalitis are usually found in wetlands and drainage ditches, and will be out biting mostly at dawn and dusk.
Japanese encephalitis virus is rare and doesn't usually cause symptoms. But in a small proportion of cases it can result in long-term neurological impairment and death.
A close-up of a female Anopheles arabiensis feeding.
South Africa is piloting a new technique as it drives to eliminate malaria.
A hot summer will mean wetlands dry out faster than ever, so how will pest mosquitoes respond?
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The forecast arrival of El Niño may mean the east coast of Australia will experience an exceptionally hot and dry summer, but does this mean there will be fewer mosquitoes buzzing about?
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?
An inch-long bloodsucker on the hunt for a meal.
Yes, giant mosquitoes are a thing. They're specialized to wait out the dry times only to emerge from their eggs when high water provides the perfect larval environment.
Mosquitoes are transferring microplastics eaten in water into birds and other non-marine animals.
A yellow citronella bucket candle is essential for summertime evenings to keep the mosquitos away.
Bug sprays with DEET feel oily and smell gross. That's why scientists are developing new mosquito repellents based on natural plant oils. But translating these into commercial products isn't easy.
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...
High tech plus ‘bucket and spade’ employed in the fight against malaria.
High-tech drones and low-tech 'bucket and spade' are helping Malawians fight malaria.
The tiny mosquito can be a big summer nuisance.
Mosquito abundance is linked to climate and weather, and global climate change may be helping spread these dangerous carriers of disease.
Resurrecting dinosaurs might not be so easy.
Jurassic Park's dinosaur DNA premise is not so simple in real life
As rain continues to fall in Kenya, national and county governments must put measures in place to prevent a Rift Valley fever outbreak.
A female deer tick on a piece of straw.
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.
A Malawian woman receives a bednet to protect her and her child from mosquitoes that spread malaria.
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Malaria elimination in Malawi is lagging because research isn't being used properly.
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.