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Fears that tiger mosquito could spread dengue in France

Doctors on the French Riviera have treated 17 people for dengue fever and chikungunya this year, amid fears that a decade-long invasion of Asian tiger mosquitoes in the region could spread the tropical diseases.<p>All of the infected patients had visited Brazil, where they went to see the Football …

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9 Things You Didn't Know About Mosquito Bites

Thanks to West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been in the news lately—and likely all over your backyard—but how much do you really know about them and …

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West Nile virus found in Toronto mosquitoes

The West Nile virus has been found in Toronto mosquitoes, but the cool temperatures this summer made it later than usual.<p>In previous years, the virus has been discovered much earlier in the summer, with positive tests cropping up by mid-July for the past three years.<p>When temperatures climb, it …

Inside the Lab That's Modifying Mosquitoes to End Disease

The stakes couldn't be much higher.<p>I'm not a natural scientist, a fact that's obvious as I struggle to put on a company-issued white coat and shoe covers.<p>"I take it this is your first visit to a mosquito factory," Heyden Parry, the smoothly reassuring CEO of the British biotech company Oxitec, …

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