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Malaria 'viral' vaccine shows promising early results

A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results.

The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found.

Encouraging results have now been recorded for two …


Some of us are simply born delicious – mosquitoes can taste it

I am extremely attractive to females. I just wish they weren't of the blood-sucking insect type

You might not be able to tell from my photograph, but I am extremely attractive to females. More specifically, the blood-sucking females of the genus Culicidae. I’d rather be attractive to humans, to be …


A Mosquito Solution (More Mosquitoes) Raises Heat in Florida Keys

KEY HAVEN, Fla. — In this bite-size community near Key West, like so many other mosquito-plagued spots up and down the Florida Keys, residents long ago made peace with insecticides dropped into town by planes or rumbling by on trucks. Cans of Off are offered at outdoor parties. Patio screens are …


Tracking parasites with satellites

Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and …


Taiwan: Dengue fever mosquito competition offers prizes - BBC News

People in a southern Taiwanese city have been offered prizes for catching mosquitoes.

The contest, announced by the Kaohsiung city health department, is aimed at tackling an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the region. Residents are being asked to catch as many mosquitoes as they can, …


Fears that Ebola crisis will set back malaria fight

A leading malaria control expert has said efforts to contain the disease may be jeopardised by the Ebola crisis.

Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, who heads the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, said after visiting west Africa: "Understandably, all the health workers' attention is on Ebola."

Children's …


Arizona Suffers Mosquito Swarms Following Heavy Storms

"We're a smorgasbord for these heat-seeking missiles with wings"

Recent torrential rainstorms in Arizona have created the perfect conditions for a mosquito infestation that is plaguing Phoenix residents.

Maricopa County officials say they have received more than 10,000 complaints this year, which is …


As the world warms, so dengue fever spreads

(CNN) — As the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the potential increase of dengue fever and other climate-sensitive illnesses, Japan saw an almost-seven decade streak of being dengue fever-free end.

In the past week, at least 55 people have become ill with dengue fever, confirming fears that …

Dengue Fever

Abolishing Tsetse Fly, Carrier of Deadly Sleeping Sickness

The tsetse fly of Africa is a carrier of the deadly sleeping sickness, and ecologist Steven L. Peck from Brigham Young University is working to …

First dengue vaccine 'shows promise'

Scientists say they have developed the world's first vaccine against dengue fever seen to work in large-scale trials.

Research in the Lancet journal suggests more than 50% of children who are given the vaccine are protected against the disease.

Half the world's population are at risk of catching the …


Malaria parasite 'gets down to the bone'

Malaria parasites can hide inside the bone marrow and evade the body's defences, research confirms.

The discovery could lead to new drugs or vaccines to block transmission.

The research, published in Science Translational Medicine, fills a "key knowledge gap" in the biology of the disease, say …


Malaria parasite 'can manipulate body odour of mice'

Malaria parasites can manipulate the body odour of mice, research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests.

Researchers believe parasites may change odours in order to help them with a key stage in their reproduction.

And scientists found the altered scent persists at a …

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Chikungunya virus spreads through Caribbean to Cuba

Health authorities in Cuba have confirmed six cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus on the island.

Cuba is the latest Caribbean nation to confirm cases of the virus, which resembles dengue fever and can cause high fever, skin rash and joint pain.

According to the Pan American Health …


Malaria Climbs Mountains as the Climate Warms

New research says that climate change will cause mosquitos to move into previously bug-free high-altitude territory, bringing the debilitating and often deadly disease with them as they climbs up warming hilly terrain

Malaria is one of the most common—and deadly—infectious diseases in the world, …

Climate Change

Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'

Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests.

Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquito-borne disease during hotter years.

They believe that temperature rises in …


Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor

A new study shows how climate change will contribute to the spread of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus

Invasive species aren’t just species — they can also be pathogens. Such is the case with the West Nile virus. A mosquito-borne virus identified in the West Nile subregion in Uganda in 1937 — …


For Vector Control Professionals | West Nile Virus

Aedes albopictus

Aedes albopictus (Stegomyia albopicta), from the mosquito (Culicidae) family, also known as (Asian) tiger mosquito or 'forest mosquito', is a mosquito …


Anopheles /əˈnɒfɨliːz/[1] (Greek anofelís: "useless"[2]) is a genus of mosquito first described and named by J. W. Meigen in 1818.[3] About 460 …


Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a group of single-celled microorganism) …

Aedes aegypti

The yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) is a mosquito that can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses, and other diseases. The …

Life Sciences

Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Arrives In Americas

The virus can cause debilitating joint pain that can last for weeks, and sometimes years.

A potentially debilitating African virus has now officially made its way to the Americas, and is being spread between people by mosquitoes in the Caribbean. From early December to mid-January, the chikungunya …


Birth of the DIY Malaria Detector

For Pieter van Boheemen and his two friends, what started off as a hobby developed into a company. The trio was tinkering with a homemade DNA copy machine, called a PCR machine, which they had made out of a hairdryer and an Arduino microcontroller, when they stumbled onto a powerful application—a …