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2008-07-02 18:30:00

Due to the recent flooding in parts of the Midwest, explosions of pesky mosquitoes are pestering clean-up crews and just about anyone venturing outside. Areas of Iowa have reported 20 times the normal number, and in Chicago up to five times more than usual. Fortunately, they're not the kind of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus and other diseases. But they are very hungry, and sometimes attack in swarms with a stinging bite. Heavy rain followed by high temperatures creates ideal conditions...

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2008-01-16 11:20:00

Few things sting like a mosquito's bite -- especially if that bite carries a disease such as malaria, yellow fever, Dengue fever or West Nile virus. But if researchers from The University of Arizona in Tucson have their way, one day mosquito bites may prove deadly to the mosquitoes as well. "Our goal is to turn the female mosquito's blood meal into the last meal she ever eats," said project leader Roger L. Miesfeld, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics in UA's College of...

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2006-12-19 06:00:00

Without mosquitoes, epidemics of dengue fever and malaria could not plague this planet. The skin-piercing insects infect one person after another while dining on a favorite meal: human blood. Eliminating the pests appears impossible. But scientists are attempting to re-engineer them so they cannot carry disease. If they manage that, they must create enough mutants to mate with wild insects and one day to outnumber them. Researchers chasing this dream, including an N.C. State University...

2006-01-18 12:09:44

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil's tourist mecca of Rio de Janeiro has prompted the authorities to step up prevention measures, fearing a repeat of a 2002 epidemic that killed more than 100 people, officials said on Wednesday. "We have flare-ups in two districts. It needs to be blocked urgently, because without such control we have a risk of having an epidemic again in Rio," Aloisio Ribeiro, head of Rio state government's Epidemiology Vigilance...

2005-10-01 03:51:39

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore, fighting its worst dengue epidemic, is optimistic that the number of cases had peaked and will dip in the coming months, a panel of health experts said on Saturday. Twelve Singaporeans have died from the mosquito-borne disease this year and 10,951 cases of dengue fever were reported by September 24 -- 16 percent more than the total number recorded last year when dengue infections rocketed to a 10-year high. "Looking at the trend, it looks like it...


Latest Culicidae Reference Libraries

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2005-09-12 12:03:52

Aedes is a genus of mosquito found in tropical and subtropical zones. The name comes from the Greek aēdēs, meaning unpleasant, so called because of the diseases this mosquito transmits, which include dengue and yellow fever. There are presently some controversial moves afoot to abolish Aedes as a generic name and to replace it with Stegomyia. Currently, the Aedes aegypti genome is being sequenced by TIGR, The Institute for Genomic Research.

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2005-09-12 09:50:15

Aedes albopictus (Family Culicidae), the Asian Tiger Mosquito or Forest Day Mosquito, is characterized by its black and white striped legs and small, black and white body. It was native to south-east Asia, and occupied a habitat that spread from Madagascar eastward to New Guinea, and north to the latitude of Korea. The typical member of the Aedes albopictus has a length of about 5 mm. As with other members of the mosquito family, the female is outfitted with an elongated proboscis that she...

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2005-08-25 10:14:14

The mosquito is a member of the family Culicidae. These insects have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and long legs. Only the females of most mosquito species suck blood from other animals. Size varies but is rarely greater than 0.6 inch (15 mm). Mosquitoes weigh only about 0.03 to 0.04 grain (2 to 2.5 mg). They can fly at about 0.9 to 1.6 mph (1.5 to 2.5 km/h) and most species are nocturnal. Mosquitoes are believed to have evolved 170 million years ago during...

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