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Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

<b>The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning.</b><p>This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.<p>It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in …

Public Health

In A Case That Is 'Almost Impossible,' Girl Dies Of Malaria In Italy

A 4-year-old girl has died of malaria in Italy — where the disease is thought to have been wiped out. Troubled health officials are looking for answers.<p>The girl was taken to the hospital Saturday in her Alpine hometown of Trento after she developed a high fever, according to the Italian newspaper,</i> …

Public Health

Typhus is rebounding in Texas, and researchers don't know why

We live in an era when diseases that sickened or even killed millions in prior decades should be distant history. But typhus, which modern medicine …

Texas

Why Zika virus infections are way down in U.S. this summer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Zika, the virus that sparked widespread concern last year? It’s on the wane, at least for now.<p>The number of people infected with Zika is down substantially this year in the United States, reflecting a precipitous drop in mosquito-borne virus infections in Puerto Rico and other …

Public Health

BASF unveils new mosquito net in battle against malaria

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A new mosquito net made by German chemicals company BASF has been given an interim recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO), containing a new class of insecticide that the company hopes will aid the fight against malaria.<p>Death rates from malaria have dropped by 60 …

Public Health

Bug-zapping laser will only kill bad insects

There are good insects, and then there are bad bugs. And the folks at Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures Lab (IVL) have been working on a device that will only kill pests and leave the others unharmed. It's called the Photonic Fence, and has been in development as early as 2009, but according to a</i> …

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Dallas resident contracts dengue virus while in India

A Dallas resident has been infected with dengue virus, the first case in the county this year.<p>The 54-year-old was infected during recent travel to …

Science Explains What Kind of Blood Mosquitos Like Best

They're choosy little bloodsuckers.<p>It if feels mosquitos are ignoring all your friends and making a beeline straight for you, rest assured: You’re …

Biology

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named 4 more countries with Zika

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added four countries to its list of places with local transmission of the Zika virus.<p>The Zika virus, which is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes, has been spreading around the world since 2015. Once infected, only about 20% of people ever show …

Viruses

Malaria drugs fail for first time on patients in UK

<b>A key malaria treatment has failed for the first time in patients being treated in the UK, doctors say.</b><p>The drug combination was unable to cure four patients, who had all visited Africa, in early signs the parasite is evolving resistance.<p>A team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine …

With malaria, bugs matter more than bites

In the battle against malaria, science is taking a true 360-degree approach. There are techniques that render mosquitoes immune to the parasites (and …

Researchers discover 2 new disease-carrying mosquitoes in Florida

MIAMI – Two more tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes have been found on the U.S. mainland for the first time, caught in traps near Florida's Everglades.<p>The scientists involved say this could raise the risk of mosquito-borne viruses reaching people and birds, but health officials say it's too early …

Viruses

GM malaria vaccine 'milestone'

<b>A malaria vaccine that uses a weakened form of the parasite has passed a "critical milestone" in human safety trials, say researchers.</b><p>Doctors used a genetically modified form of malaria that was unable to cause a full infection in people.<p>Trials, published in the journal Science Translational …

Fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus

WHO statement<br>18 November 2016<p>The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) on Zika and microcephaly convened by the Director-General under the …

Aedes

The mosquito genus <i>Aedes</i> on this website also refers to the <i>Ochlerotatus</i> group.<p><i>Aedes</i> are found throughout the world. <i>Aedes</i> mosquitoes can carry a …

Scientists Have Discovered More Than 1,500 New Viruses

They've been 'hiding' for billions of years.<p>Scientists have discovered more than 1,500 new viruses in a groundbreaking study of invertebrates.<p>It’s …

Biology
Viruses

Global Health Impacts of Vector-Borne Diseases: Workshop Summary

<b>Prepublication Now Available</b>Pathogens transmitted among humans, animals, or plants by insects and arthropod vectors have been responsible for …

Public Health

Mosquito maven

<i>Infectious disease researcher Flaminia Catteruccia is searching for novel ways to control mosquitoes that rely less on brute force and more on a deep</i> …

Biology

Adult mosquitoes can pass Zika to their offspring

Adult female mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus along to their offspring, US researchers said on Monday, a finding that makes clear the need for pesticide programs that kill both adult mosquitoes and their eggs.<p>The findings, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, show …

Viruses

The US is actually winning the war on mosquito-borne disease

After months of watching Zika infect thousands of people throughout Brazil and then much of Latin America, the virus is now being spread by mosquitoes on the US mainland.<p>So far, local transmission of Zika has been limited to part of the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami and a 1.5 square mile swath of …

Viruses

Why Should You Care About Zika if You're Not Trying to Get Pregnant

New science suggests Zika can strike adult brains in a subtle but scary way.<p>Because a woman who contracts Zika can pass the virus to her fetus during the pregnancy, and babies who are exposed to Zika in the womb can develop birth defects like microcephaly (which causes babies to be born with …

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US declares a Zika public health emergency in Puerto Rico

<b>Chicago:</b> The Obama administration declared a public health emergency in the US territory of Puerto Rico, saying the rapid and widespread transmission …

Human-scented mosquito trap effective against malaria

A solar-powered, human-scented mosquito trap can reduce mosquito prevalence by 70% and malaria infections by 30%, according to a study carried out by …

FDA approves using genetically-modified mosquitos to fight Zika

The Zika virus and related illness outbreak has been top-of-mind as of late -- in the US, that's particularly true in parts of Florida where the virus has spread. It looks like there may be a rather unusual way of fighting further spread of the virus, however. Today, the FDA just finished an …

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Slideshow: Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes

Zika in Florida: 10 new cases confirmed amid concern over US response

Figure marks largest number of infections found on single day, with nearly 1,000 people infected with virus across country<p>Florida health officials confirmed 10 new Zika infections on Friday, the largest number of infections found on a single day and a sign of the United States’ faltering response …