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Google's sister company helps fight mozzies with AI

Artificial intelligence is now being deployed to help curb the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes, which are responsible for the spread of such diseases as dengue, yellow fever and the Zika virus.<p>Verily, a life sciences and healthcare company under Google's parent company Alphabet, has partnered with …

Mosquitoes

Invasive mosquitoes are spreading across Los Angeles County. Have you been bitten?

Have you experienced an unusual number of mosquito bites this summer?<p>Have they landed mostly below the knee and especially around your ankles?<p>And did the six-legged perpetrator fly off unnoticed, like a mosquito ninja, after feasting on your blood?<p>If the answer to all these questions is yes, then …

Environmental Health

West Nile virus on the rise in eastern Nebraska, health officials say

Beware and prepare, if you’re heading outdoors this holiday weekend.<p>Health officials in eastern Nebraska are warning that cases of West Nile virus …

Public Health

Here's why mosquitoes bite some people more than others

Surprisingly few of the more than 3,000 mosquito species actually specialize in biting humans. Instead, most are opportunistic feeders – feeding when they are able and from lots of different sources.<p>But <i>Aedes aegypti</i> and <i>Anopheles gambiae</i> are well known for their preference for human blood and their …

Biology

A Heart Disease-Causing Parasite Is Starting to Infiltrate America

Doctors are being warned to stay vigilant for symptoms.<p>A parasitic disease commonly transmitted in the feces of a bloodsucking insect in South …

South America

5 things to know about the new species of tick in the U.S.

A tick species that's native to Asia has now spread to the United States, and it's popping up in numerous places along the East Coast, according to …

1 In 7 Children Of Zika-Infected Moms Have Health Issues, Study Finds

<b>(CBS) —</b> One out of every seven babies born to U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem, …

Delhi: 109 malaria, 56 dengue cases reported this season

According to the SDMC, 10 people died due to dengue in Delhi last year, of whom five were not residents of the national capital, they died here. …

Why Do Some People Get Bitten By Mosquitoes More Than Others? Science Has A Surprising Answer

It's always nice to be well-liked — with a few exceptions. Most people are more than happy to be unpopular with serial killers, rodents, and bugs. …

"Completely different" designer molecule could keep us one step ahead of drug-resistant malaria

The fight against malaria is enough of a struggle as it is. Making things worse, however, is the ability of the parasites behind it to develop …

Landmark Australian trial wipes out 80 per cent of disease-spreading mosquitoes

An impressive Australian trial that released millions of sterilized male mosquitoes in Queensland has resulted in a more than 80 percent drop in the …

We Have No Idea How Bad the US Tick Problem Is

Rick Ostfeld lives in deep in the heart of Lyme disease country. An ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, …

The malaria fight stalls as children die by the hundreds of thousands

By Editorial Board<p>FOR YEARS, global public-health officials have been at war with malaria, a disease that kills more than 445,000 people annually, about 70 percent of them children under 5 years old. The number of cases and deaths has steadily dropped for a decade and a half. As philanthropist Bill …

Summer campers face deadly ticks and mosquitoes

<b>(CNN) —</b> In many parts of the United States, this weekend marks the start of summer sleepaway camp season, which means swimming, arts and crafts, marshmallow roasts -- and, very often, ticks.<p>Of the more than 1,600 overnight camps that are members of the American Camp Association, more than a third …

Public Health

Illinois' first human West Nile case in 2018 sickens Chicago woman

A Chicago woman was the first person in 2018 to contract a cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Illinois.<p>The The Illinois Department of …

These Unbelievable Hacks Will Keep Mosquitos Away For Good

Mosquitos certainly know how to ruin a pleasant summer evening. Avoid them this summer by using one of these unique (and very effective) …

This 5-Year-Old Kid Got The Scariest Tick Bite Side-Effect We've Ever Heard Of

Terrifying to wake up to.<p>As soon as Kailyn Griffin's feet hit the floor Wednesday morning, she collapsed in a heap.<p>The 5-year-old kept trying to …

Insect repellent – does natural beat DEET?

Summer is almost here, and you know what that means: so are the bugs.<p>As you enjoy warm summer nights, you can expect to be pestered by mosquitos, and …

Public Health

You’re less likely to get a tick bite if you steer clear of these spots

It's time to start taking precautions.<p>It’s finally happened. Winter is over, for real this time. That means that in much of the United States, the forests are at their most inviting… and the ticks are out in force.<p>You’ve prepared for this. You’ve got your repellant and know to tuck your pants into …

Disease

VectorMap

APHCR-W - long term mosquito surveillance from U.S. Army installations in 20 western states<p><b>PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR</b>: Desmond H. Foley, Francis A. …

Public Health

Mosquito Maps | The Tick and Mosquito Project

Lyme Disease is a serious disease. Spread by the deer tick, Lyme Disease can be difficult to diagnose and to treat. Knowing where Lyme Disease occurs …

Lyme Disease

Your own blood could become a mosquito's worst enemy

Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people a year... making them the deadliest animal in the world. Over half of those are from malaria, a protozoan …

Public Health

5 Reasons Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others

Dengue, chikungunya may strike Delhi early this year

A warmer-than-usual winter, earlier-than-usual summer, and very early trends of the disease have prompted experts to call for immediate measures to …

Public Health

Mosquitoes Learn the Smell of Danger

The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports.

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

Malaria parasites killed quickly by blue dye

According to the World Health Organization, malaria is responsible for approximately 445,000 deaths every year. That number may be due to drop, …

Is the CDC Losing Control?

The country’s flagship public-health agency is facing internal scandal and funding issues that will test its ability to respond to outbreaks on the horizon.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was created, quite literally, to drain the swamp. In the not-so-far-off past, much of the …

Public Health