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2009-09-18 09:08:35

University of Hawaii at Manoa assistant researcher Durrell Kapan recently published a paper, Man Bites Mosquito: Understanding the Contribution of Human Movement to Vector-Borne Disease Dynamics, in PLoS One. Published August 26, the paper highlights how daily commuting patterns in mega-cities may be a critically overlooked factor in understanding the resurgence of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever, infecting 50-100 million people annually. "Even a small number of infected people...

2009-07-21 11:48:57

To control mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, researchers need to look at the behavior of people, not just the insect that transmits the disease, according to new research by Steven Stoddard of the University of California, Davis, and intercollegiate colleagues. The study, published July 21 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, exhibits work by an international, multidisciplinary team of vector biologists, sociologists and virologists studying dengue in Iquitos,...

2009-07-16 23:00:32

West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in New York for the first time this year, health department officials said. Dr. Thomas Farley, the city health commissioner, said the infectious mosquitoes were collected from Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, but so far, no human cases have been detected. The health department has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control in the affected area. West Nile Virus has returned to New York City, but simple precautions can help protect...

2008-12-04 13:30:36

U.S. scientists say they are trying to develop vaccines aimed at ticks and mosquitoes to prevent such diseases as West Nile virus and malaria. In order to successfully slow the transmission rate of these potentially fatal diseases, we need to reduce the lifespan of the vector, or block them from becoming infected in the first place, said Professor Brian Foy of Colorado State University. One of our goals is to curtail the spread of mosquito-borne diseases through strategic use of compounds,...

2008-07-25 12:01:20

By Cynthia Pegram, The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va. Jul. 25--A case of La Crosse encephalitis, a mosquito-borne disease, was confirmed in the Central Shenandoah Health District, which is adjacent to parts of Amherst and Bedford counties. The disease, a potentially dangerous inflammation of the brain, is rare. But health authorities say area residents should take general precautions against mosquito bites, especially protecting children. The patient, who recovered, was a child,...

2006-02-25 07:55:00

PARIS -- Doctors in mainland France have detected a mosquito-borne disease among people returning from the Indian Ocean region, where the virus is spreading rapidly, a senior health official said on Saturday. France's health minister has blamed "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, for directly or indirectly killing 77 people on the French island of La Reunion off the southeast coast of Africa. French health officials say 157,000 people have now been infected by...

2005-10-24 23:26:28

By Palash Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Tucked away in a small corner of India's National Institute of Communicable Diseases are 100,000 mosquitoes, plague-hit rats, guinea worms and wild birds infected with Japanese Encephalitis. Better known as the "Mosquito Museum," it is the oldest and largest such collection in South and Southeast Asia, formally set up in 1938 and still used in fighting killer disease outbreaks. Scientists and researchers from all over the world come here to...