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Cages full of hand reared yellow fever mosquitoes await research (or possibly release) Cameron Webb, NSW Health Pathology/University of Sydney

Pitting mozzies against mozzies to stop the spread of disease

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)

Are mosquitoes to blame for the spread of ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria?

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. Alvin Baez/Reuters

Understanding mosquitoes can help us find better ways to kill them

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.
Ixodus ricinus tick, which spreads Lyme disease in Europe. Richard Bartz

Lyme disease: a ticking time bomb

How a microbe from the ice age could wreck your life – and how to protect yourself.

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