Global climate is changing rapidly. This has a range of public health implications.
CDC/ James Gathany
As the Earth warms up the malaria vector will develop faster, allowing them to breed faster, bite more frequently and expand into formerly unsuitable habitats.
The first malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, was approved by the WHO in 2021.
Brian Ongoro/AFP via Getty Images
For a malaria vaccine to have an impact, health promotion is key. Awareness campaigns must address safety concerns and emphasise expected positive impacts.
Black-legged ticks carry Lyme disease, which continues to spread widely across the United States.
How bad are ticks this year? An expert explains why tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
Ticks like this one, shown magnified with an electron microscope, can transmit bacteria that cause severe illnesses in humans.
Fernando Otalora-Luna/University of Richmond
What might look like a mild case of COVID-19 could actually be a bacterial infection from a tick bite, with potentially debilitating symptoms if it goes untreated.
Women are often primary caregivers in their communities.
Women must be included at decision making levels to advise on development, designing, delivery and implementation of tools that target health issues that affect them especially malaria.
Warmer temperatures could lead to more zones of the country that make good breeding sites for mosquitoes.
Apichart Meesri / Shutterstock.com
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?
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.
The female longhorned tick,
Haemaphysalis longicornis, crawling on a leaf.
Jim Occi, Rutgers Center for Vector Biology
There is a new type of tick spreading in New Jersey, and it doesn’t need a male to reproduce. It’s known to spread disease and is proving
difficult to eradicate.
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.
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?
Mosquitoes could expand their reach if money for climate change research is cut.
Centers for Disease Control.
Malaria has long menaced the world, but gains have occurred. Those efforts could now be stymied by budget cuts, however. Here’s how a disease that knows no borders could widen its deadly reach.
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.
A common mosquito in coastal regions of Australia, Aedes vigilax. Could it be spreading the pathogen that causes Buruli ulcer?
Mr Stephen Doggett (NSW Health Pathology)
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.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the CDC in San Juan.
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.
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?
Ixodus ricinus tick, which spreads Lyme disease in Europe.
How a microbe from the ice age could wreck your life – and how to protect yourself.
Disase carrying insects are attracted to light bulbs – a constraint of domestic solar energy.
Solar is a vital piece of the energy puzzle for Africa, but there is an insect problem that comes with the light from solar.
Vector-borne diseases are responsible for 17% of all infectious diseases.
The term “vector-borne” refers to the way diseases are passed on from one person to another. Instead of through the air or directly by human contact, these pathogens need to hitch a ride for transmission…