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Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Posted 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 21, 2018 – Aedes mosquitoes in California can spread the Zika virus, researchers report. Laboratory studies have shown that several species of Aedes mosquitoes can transmit Zika, but whether the same species in different regions could spread the virus was unclear. Zika is a relatively mild illness for most people, but it can cause devastating birth defects in children born to women ...

Florida Teen First Human Case of Another Mosquito-Borne Virus

Posted 2 days 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – The first confirmed human case of Keystone virus has been diagnosed in a Florida teen, but it's likely that infection with the mosquito-borne disease is common among state residents, researchers report. The virus can cause a rash and mild fever. It's named after the location in the Tampa Bay area where it was first identified in 1964. It has been found in animals along ...

Thirsty Mosquitoes May Bite More in Droughts

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Your blood mght be a thirst quencher for mosquitoes during a drought. A new study found that while female mosquitoes need the protein in blood to lay eggs, they also bite you to stay hydrated. According to the research team from the University of Cincinnati, learning more about how often these insects need to drink blood in dry conditions could lead to new ways to fight ...

Is Testing for Zika in U.S. Blood Supply Worth the Cost?

Posted 9 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Since 2016, every blood donation in the United States has been individually tested for the Zika virus. A new study suggests it's not worth it. Researchers at the American Red Cross found that of roughly 4 million donor blood samples tested over 15 months, only eight were positive for mosquito-borne Zika virus. Even fewer were potentially infectious. And it all came at a ...

U.S. Illnesses Tied to Ticks, Mosquitoes Are Soaring

Posted 1 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – Diseases transmitted by biting insects – ticks and mosquitoes in particular – have more than tripled in the United States over the past decade, a new federal government report shows. These pests caused more than 96,000 cases of illness in 2016, up from roughly 27,388 in 2004 and part of a continuing increase in insect-borne diseases, CDC researchers said. "Zika, West ...

Zika May Linger in Semen for Shorter Period Than Thought: Study

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – Guidelines in place for protecting against the sexual transmission of Zika virus need to be re-evaluated, based on a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC currently recommends that men who have traveled to a Zika-active region either use condoms or abstain from sex for at least 6 months. But that guideline is based on data showing ...

Zika Infection After Birth May Require Long-Term Follow-Up

Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 – Babies who contract Zika virus early in infancy should have long-term monitoring, a new animal study suggests. Researchers found that monkeys infected with the Zika virus shortly after birth developed long-term abnormalities in brain structure and function. The animals also displayed behavioral and emotional problems. There has been significant investigation of the ...

Birth Defects Affect 7 Percent of Zika-Exposed Babies: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – A new study of pregnant women in the Caribbean further confirms that Zika virus causes birth defects, particularly if infection occurs early in pregnancy. About 7 percent of Zika-infected women in French territories of the Caribbean delivered babies that suffered from birth defects of the brain and eyes, researchers report. These numbers are close to those reflected ...

Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus in Parts of U.S.: CDC

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Zika infections are on the rise in parts of the United States where mosquitoes spread the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported 5,168 cases of Zika-related illness in 2016. Of those cases in 50 states and Washington, D.C., more than 90 percent were in people who had visited Zika-risk areas outside of the continental ...

Babies With Normal Head Size Might Still Have Zika-Linked Brain Damage

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – Fetal brain damage caused by the Zika virus can go undetected in pregnancy, and can occur even if a baby's head size is normal, research in monkeys suggests. The findings indicate that many children with Zika-related brain damage may go undiagnosed and are at increased risk for learning disorders, mental illness and dementia, according to researchers from the University of ...

West Nile Virus May Pose Zika-Like Threat to Fetus

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Zika may not be the only virus that can harm a fetus, a new study in mice suggests. "We found that West Nile virus and Powassan viruses shared with Zika the ability to infect the placenta and cause fetal death," said senior researcher Dr. Jonathan Miner, who's with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Both of those viruses are spread by the bites of ...

A New Way to Thwart Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – It sounds like science fiction, but researchers say they have taken the first step toward creating female mosquitoes that don't bite and spread disease. They identified 902 genes related to blood feeding and 478 genes linked to non-blood feeding from the mosquito species Wyeomyia smithii. Found in swamps and bogs along the east coast of North America, they are commonly ...

Zika Attacks Placentas of Pregnant Monkeys, Study Finds

Posted 27 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – When Zika infection occurs during pregnancy, the virus may damage the placenta, new research finds. This may explain how the infection causes birth defects. It hasn't been clear how Zika infection can cause birth defects such as microcephaly, a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. So Dr. Antonio Frias, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Oregon Health & ...

Zika Tied to Rise in U.S. Birth Defects: CDC

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – There was a significant rise in Zika-related birth defects in areas of the United States with local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, a new report shows. "Babies with Zika-related birth defects need all the help they can get, as soon as possible, and for as long as they need it," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Swatting Teaches Mosquitoes a Lesson They Won't Forget

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Those pesky mosquitoes may be smarter than you thought: Turns out that swatting them away may actually teach them to leave you alone. Researchers found mosquitoes can be taught to associate the odor of a person or animal to a mechanical shock similar to being swatted. Once the pests learn the link, they'll avoid that scent – and their target. "Once mosquitoes learned ...

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