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Genetically Modified Mosquito Could Help Battle Dengue Fever
2011-10-31 11:24:38

Scientists have found that a genetically modified mosquito could help tackle dengue fever and other insect-borne diseases. Researchers found that the genetically modified males mated successfully with wild females in a dengue-affected part of the Cayman Islands. They said that mating has not been proven in the wild, and could cut the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes there may be 50 million cases every year. Scientists realized in...

2011-10-28 06:35:00

KOLDING, Denmark, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bestnet A/S announced today that Doreen Weatherby, US Sales & Marketing Manager, appeared on the October 9, 2011 episode of The EmeraldPlanet television show during an episode entitled "LESS MALARIA: Reaching Community Immunity in Africa through a Proactive Community-Based Health Care Approach and Successful Partnerships." EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization based in the Washington, DC area that is dedicated to...

Image 1 - West Nile Virus Transmission Linked To Land-Use Patterns And "Super-spreaders"
2011-10-21 03:52:03

Spread highest in urbanized and agricultural habitats After its initial appearance in New York in 1999, West Nile virus spread across the United States in just a few years and is now well established throughout North and South America. Both the mosquitoes that transmit it and the birds that are important hosts for the virus are abundant in areas that have been modified by human activities. As a result, transmission of West Nile virus is highest in urbanized and agricultural habitats....

2011-10-20 22:48:09

Robins play a key role in transmission of West Nile virus across much of North America After its initial appearance in New York in 1999, West Nile virus spread across the United States in just a few years and is now well established throughout North and South America. Both the mosquitoes that transmit it and the birds that are important hosts for the virus are abundant in areas that have been modified by human activities. As a result, transmission of West Nile virus is highest in urbanized...

2011-10-06 15:42:00

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Friday, Oct. 7, in portions of Richland Township and Quakertown Borough, Bucks County, to control adult mosquito populations. As a result of recent flooding, high populations of adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting the West Nile virus have been detected near these areas of the county. The treatments will be administered with truck-mounted equipment...

2011-10-04 12:30:00

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the West Bristol section of Bristol Township, Bucks County, to control adult mosquito populations. As a result of recent flooding, high populations of adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting the West Nile virus have been detected near this area of the county. The treatments will be administered with truck-mounted equipment to...

Researchers Study Flight Patterns Of Mosquitoes
2011-10-01 07:27:04

Experiments by University of California Riverside entomologists demonstrate mosquitoes are attracted first to carbon dioxide, then to skin odors; findings could lead to more effective mosquito traps The carbon dioxide we exhale and the odors our skins emanate serve as crucial cues to female mosquitoes on the hunt for human hosts to bite and spread diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever. Two entomologists at the University of California, Riverside have now performed...

2011-09-27 15:02:32

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Monash University, and Virginia Tech have used a set of novel inhibitors to analyze how the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, uses enzymes to chew up human hemoglobin from host red blood cells as a food source. They have validated that two of these parasite enzymes called peptidases are potential anti-malarial drug targets. The research appeared in the Aug. 15 early online issue of the Proceedings of the...

2011-09-27 09:50:00

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 28, in portions of Concord and Chadds Ford townships, Delaware County, to control adult mosquito populations. In the event of rain, the spraying will be rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29. High populations of adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting the West Nile virus have been detected near these areas of the county. The treatments...

2011-09-23 08:37:00

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Monday, Sept. 26, in portions of New Hope Borough, Bucks County, to control adult mosquito populations. In the event of rain, the spraying will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27. As a result of recent flooding, high populations of adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting the West Nile virus have been detected near this area of the...


Latest Mosquito Reference Libraries

Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerate
2013-07-24 12:32:58

The black saddlebags (Tramea lacerate) is a species of skimmer dragonfly that can be found in North America. It prefers to reside near still water sources like ponds and ditches. This species reaches an average body length of 1.9 inches and holds a thin body that is black in color, although females may hold light mottled markings along the body. The head on both males and females is wide and brown in color. The dark markings that occur on base of the hind wings have given it the common name,...

Chalk-fronted Corporal, Ladona Julia
2013-07-19 11:21:44

The chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona Julia) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in southern areas of Canada and northern areas of the United States. Young individuals of this species are typically reddish-brown in color with a black stripe occurring along the back and white stripes occurring along the shoulders. As young individuals develop, they change colors, with females becoming almost completely brown with some grey markings. Males develop white pruinescence markings along the base...

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2011-03-04 17:38:30

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease with a 40 to 50 nm enveloped RNA virus with positive sense of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes and is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa, but not in Asia. Primates and a few kinds of mosquitoes are the only known hosts. The origin of the disease is most likely Africa. From there it was introduced to South America through the slave trade in the 16th century. There...

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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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2005-09-08 15:08:50

The crane flies (Tipulidae) are a family of insects that closely resemble giant mosquitoes. Like the mosquito, they are in the order Diptera (flies) and are sometimes called mosquito eaters, mosquito hawks, or skeeter eaters. They are also one of three unrelated arthropods named Daddy long-legs. The other two are the harvestmen and vibrating, cellar or house spider. As such, Crane Flies are wrapped up in the myth of being the most poisonous spider, but unable to bite humans. This is...

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