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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.
Few things sting like a mosquito's bite -- especially if that bite carries a disease such as malaria. If researchers from The University of Arizona in Tucson have their way, one day mosquito bites may prove deadly to the mosquitoes as well.
Without mosquitoes, epidemics of dengue fever and malaria could not plague this planet. Eliminating the pests appears impossible. But scientists are attempting to re-engineer them so they cannot carry disease.
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.
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.
Aedes is a genus of mosquito found in tropical and subtropical zones. The name comes from the Greek aÄ“dÄ“s, 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.
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...
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...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.