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Sound the Mosquito Alarm, Across the USA

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Two species of disease-transmitting mosquitoes could likely flourish in most of the United States, government researchers report. Specifically, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus could survive and reproduce for at least part of the year in three-quarters of the counties in the lower 48 states if introduced there, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for ...

Zika Mosquito Can Transmit Other Viruses, Too

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – The mosquito species that's the main carrier of the Zika virus might also transmit two other viruses – chikungunya and dengue – in a single bite, researchers report. "A mosquito, in theory, could give you multiple viruses at once," said Claudia Ruckert, a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University. The findings about the Aedes aegypti mosquito may help improve ...

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses May Not Be Limited to Tropics

Posted 12 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – Mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika, dengue and chikungunya can be spread in cooler temperatures than previously thought, researchers say. Based on data from Latin America and the Caribbean, transmission of the illnesses is highest at about 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts had long believed that 90 degrees F was their peak-transmission temperature. The findings could prove ...

For a Fun and Safe Tropical Getaway, Plan Ahead

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – If you're planning a tropical getaway, be sure to pack old standbys like bug spray and sunscreen – and maybe a lot more, a doctor advises. "In places like the Caribbean and South and Central America, where it is already summertime, people can potentially be exposed to health risks that they may not have at home," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Christopher Ohl. He ...

Scientists Create Mosquitoes Resistant to Dengue Virus

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Scientists say they have created mosquitoes resistant to the dengue virus, which might eventually help control the spread of the disease in humans. The team at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to boost their natural ability to fight infection by the virus. Mosquitoes get infected when they feed on ...

Mosquitoes Can Deliver Zika/Chikungunya Double Whammy

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Mosquitoes can infect people with Zika and chikungunya viruses at the same time, new research suggests. And another study found that in addition to Zika virus, two other mosquito-borne viruses – chikungunya and dengue – can also cause severe neurological problems. In the first study, Colorado State University researchers discovered that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can ...

Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Zika, dengue, chikungunya: As if there weren't enough mosquito-borne viruses to worry about, researchers say another has been spotted for the first time in Haiti. Blood test results revealed that an 8-year-old boy living in a rural area of the Caribbean country has contracted Mayaro virus. The infection was diagnosed after the boy developed a fever and belly pain, the ...

Florida Investigates 2 More Possible Cases of Zika Virus Local Transmission

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Florida health officials are investigating two more unexplained cases of Zika infection, bringing to four the number of cases that don't seem to be related to travel to countries where the virus is circulating. This suggests the possibility that local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects has begun, officials said. Zika ...

Zika Virus Was in Haiti Long Before Brazil Outbreak: Study

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – New research suggests the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti months before Brazil's first cases were reported last spring. "We know that the virus was present in Haiti in December of 2014," said Dr. Glenn Morris, director of University of Florida's Emerging Pathogens Institute. "And, based on molecular studies, it may have been present in Haiti even before that date." ...

Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. ...

In Fight Against Zika Virus, Officials Consider Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – As the Zika virus continues to spread fear and potentially devastating health problems throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, scientists are weighing the use of a controversial weapon – genetically modified mosquitoes. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is thought – but not proven – to be behind an epidemic of birth defects that leave newborns with very small heads ...

WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – More cases of the rare but potentially devastating neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome are appearing in some Latin American countries where the Zika virus is also present, according to the World Health Organization. The United Nations-affiliated health group said in a weekly report Saturday that Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause temporary paralysis, has ...

Mosquito-Borne Virus May Cause Fatal Brain Infection

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – The mosquito-borne virus chikungunya can cause severe and potentially fatal brain infection in some patients, particularly infants and people older than 65, according to a new report. A 2005-2006 chikungunya outbreak on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, sickened more than 300,000 people. It also provided the first serious demonstration of the ...

Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Spreading to New Regions

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – Mosquitoes typically found in tropical regions are expanding into new areas, including the United States, where they could transmit disease, a new study finds. Once introduced through major shipping routes, mosquitoes carrying viruses such as dengue and chikungunya spread quickly over land, according to the Oxford University researchers. The study findings were published ...

As Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Threaten U.S., Less Money Spent Fighting Them

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Diseases spread by mosquitos pose a growing threat to the health of Americans, with the risk at its greatest during these hot summer months. But you wouldn't know that from the amount of money being spent to track West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya and other illnesses spread by pests like mosquitos, ticks and fleas, a new study reports. Funding has dropped by nearly ...

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