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2014-07-24 23:10:23

Is that mosquito on your arm just a pest, or could it be carrying a deadly disease? CCSU professor Dr. Alicia Bray is conducting two studies will help determine just how widespread disease-carrying mosquitoes are in Connecticut and how manmade ponds may be helping these mosquitoes spread. New Britain, CT (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 Dr. Alicia Bray, assistant professor of biology at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), is conducting two studies to determine the prevalence of certain...

2014-07-11 11:13:01

Penn State Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers. "Previous research has shown that Wolbachia -- a genus of bacteria that live inside mosquitoes -- render mosquitoes resistant to pathogen infection, thereby preventing the mosquitoes from infecting humans with the pathogens," said Jason Rasgon, associate professor of entomology, Penn...

2014-07-09 23:00:41

“Bite ‘Em Back” campaign encourages homeowners to be proactive in battle against mosquito-borne illnesses. Springfield, MA (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 With the recent announcement of the first case of West Nile virus discovered in Massachusetts, Mosquito Shield of Western Mass is promoting its “Bite ‘Em Back” campaign to create awareness and provide mosquito control solutions for communities that might be impacted by West Nile Virus and EEE. Recently, health officials in Clinton, MA...

2014-07-09 08:22:44

BALTIMORE, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The summer mosquito season is in full force, and as the weather heats up and summer rains fall, mosquitoes are at their peak season of breeding. The greater the mosquito population, the more chances there are of getting bitten by the bothersome, disease-carrying pests. So the heat of summertime is the perfect time to remember the Four D's of mosquito bite prevention. "Exposure to mosquitoes increases the risk of painful mosquito bites and the...

2014-06-04 12:30:16

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The City of Fort Worth and the University of North Texas Health Science Center have renewed their mosquito-surveillance partnership, part of a unique effort blending hard science with community outreach to prevent the spread of West Nile virus. Under the agreement, graduate students and a scientist from UNTHSC trap and collect mosquitos from more than 60 sites across the city. The mosquitos are then tested for WNV infection...

2014-06-02 16:26:08

OTTAWA, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Why you should take note Warmer weather is here and it's more important than ever to protect yourself from pesky mosquito bites. Not only are bites uncomfortable, but the mosquito that bites you may also give you West Nile virus. Although the chances of contracting West Nile virus are generally low, there are still risks. There are simple and effective measures you can take to reduce these risks. As you prepare to spend time outdoors, learn...

2014-05-16 16:22:10

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health today reported the first detection in 2014 of a West Nile Virus-carrying mosquito. The infected mosquito was found May 13 in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. "DEP is committed to monitoring the mosquito population, so that when the virus is identified, our staff are able to act quickly to prevent additional spread," DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo...

2014-04-18 11:26:27

Two recent papers by a University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher and colleagues may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines for Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses. Jeffrey S. Kieft, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the School of Medicine and an early career scientist with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and colleagues recently published articles in the scholarly...

West Nile Virus May One Day Help Fight West Nile Virus
2014-03-30 05:57:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tobacco is commonly associated with causing disease, but a new methodology developed by scientists at Arizona State University and several other institutions uses the plant to generate a potential therapy for treating West Nile virus – which currently has no cure. According to a report published on Thursday in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, the team used tobacco to generate monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and their derivatives, which...

Climate Change Extends Mosquito Season, But With Smaller Populations
2013-09-10 07:19:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate change's influence on temperature and precipitation is varied, and a new study from the University of Arizona shows that the effect on the spread of West Nile virus might be just as wide-ranging. This suggests that public health efforts to control the virus will need to take a local, rather than global perspective. Cory Morin and Andrew Comrie, researchers from the University of Arizona, developed a climate-driven mosquito...


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