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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 …

Disease

​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 …

Pregnancy

US declares a Zika public health emergency in Puerto Rico

The Caribbean island of about 3.5 million people has recorded 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika but the actual number of infections with the …

Public Health

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 …

Malaria

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 …

Mosquitoes

Spraying by air for mosquitoes, Florida steps up Zika fight

DORAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida began aerial spraying on Thursday to kill mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood with the first U.S. spread of the Zika virus that can cause a rare but devastating birth defect.<p>Beginning at dawn, Miami-Dade County authorities sprayed droplets of an insecticide called …

American South

Slideshow: Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

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

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 to a looming crisis.<p>There are now nearly 1,000 people infected with the virus in Washington DC and the 50 states, 246 of …

American South

Microsoft launches a prototype trap to monitor mosquito-borne diseases

Technology giant Microsoft recently launched a prototype trap for detecting mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue and Zika, says a report. The …

Microsoft

New Map Shows Where Zika Mosquitoes Live in U.S.

A new map shows mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus are found in 40 states and Washington, D.C.<p>Public health officials are bracing for local outbreaks of the Zika virus in the continental U.S. as mosquito season gets under way. Thousands of travelers from Latin America and the Caribbean have …

This device can diagnose malaria in 5 seconds

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Malaria, which affects 200 million people each year, is one of the deadliest diseases in the world.<p>Although it is preventable and curable, the World Health Organization estimates that 438,000 people died from malaria in 2015, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.<p>John Lewandowski, a PhD …

Malaria

5 Simple Ways to Outsmart Mosquitoes

​The Zika virus continues to spread. Here's how to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.<p>As if itchy red welts weren't frustrating enough, some mosquito bites also have to threaten our health.<p>On February 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a global health …

While everyone was paying attention to Zika, a much deadlier mosquito-borne virus began to spread

While the Zika outbreak was dominating the headlines, another mosquito-borne virus has taken hold in Africa: yellow fever. And with the large population of migrant Chinese workers in the affected area, scientists worry the disease could unleash its first outbreak in Asia.<p>The authors of a recent …

Disease

Zika hackathon fights disease with big data

More than 50 data scientists, engineers, and UT Austin students gathered on Sunday, May 15, 2016 to use Big Data to fight the spread of Zika for the …

Big Data

U.S. Reports First Zika-Related Death in Puerto Rico as NASA Predicts the Virus' Potential Spread

Health officials have announced the first death linked to the Zika virus has occurred in Puerto Rico.<p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that a Puerto Rican man in his 70s died from internal bleeding related to a rare immune reaction to the Zika virus infection in …

Latin America

First US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico

<b>The first known death in the US to the Zika virus has been recorded in Puerto Rico, say health officials.</b><p>A 70-year-old man infected with the mosquito-borne virus died in February, Puerto Rico's health secretary said.<p>The US territory has recorded more than 600 Zika cases, with 73 of those involving …

NASA and NCAR map Zika's potential spread in the U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Houston, we have a problem. It's a Zika-carrying mosquito.<p>OK, nobody in space is saying that. But it is true that NASA scientists helped the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) create a map to better target future search-and-destroy missions for the deadliest animal on the …

Maps

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Submit your data to VectorBase<p>VectorBase is not just for accessing data and using tools - we encourage you to actively contribute by submitting your …

GM mosquitoes clear an FDA hurdle for Florida release, locals angry

Engineered bugs could block spread of Zika, dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya.<p>Genetically engineered mosquitoes that have been under regulatory …

Mosquitoes

Malaria sleuth in Vermont tracks parasite to white-tailed deer

The only alarming thing about discovering malaria in white-tailed deer might be that it took scientists this long to discover it.<p>So says Ellen Martinsen, a researcher who splits her working life between the University of Vermont’s biology department (where she earned her Ph.D.) and the Conservation …

Smart Science: Wolbachia Bacteria Might Stop Zika and Dengue Viruses

A funny-sounding bacteria that you’ve never heard of—<i>Wolbachia</i>—will likely be an important weapon in the fight against Zika, dengue and other viruses plaguing the tropics. These arbovirus infections have been exploding in Latin America and the Caribbean and scientists are scrambling to stop the …

Dengue fever

The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

The alarming spread of the Zika virus — caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus — is looking more and more like a public health catastrophe. But it’s also, say experts, something else: The latest example of how …

Disease

Should we kill off one of the most dangerous creatures in the world?

Mosquitoes are more than just annoying; they're one of the deadliest creatures on Earth. Millions of people die each year from diseases spread by the pests. So if mosquitoes are such a threat, why don't we just kill them off?<p><i>Produced by Alex Kuzoian. Research and script by Jeffrey Bloomer.</i>

CDC warns pregnant women to avoid travel to Brazil because of Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim travel guidance on Friday for pregnant women and women of childbearing age who are planning to become pregnant, warning against travel to Brazil and 13 other countries in the Americas where the Zika virus has been linked to brain …

Drug-resistant malaria can infect African mosquitoes

<b>A drug-resistant malaria parasite found in South East Asia can also infect mosquito species in Africa, a study shows.</b><p>The transmission experiments were carried out in a laboratory, but they suggest the spread of this deadly strain into the continent is possible.<p>The scientists say the consequences of …

Malaria 'viral' vaccine shows promising early results

<b>A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results.</b><p>The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found.<p>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<p>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 …

Mosquitoes

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 …