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Seems like a great idea – the widespread use of insecticide coate bednets to cut the spread of malaria by mosquitoes (mostly active at night). Unfortunately nature is rarely that simple. Widespread use has driven mosquitoes to evolve resistance to … Continue reading
Dengue has represented a significant public health burden for a number of decades. Given the lack of dengue-specific drugs and limited availability of licensed vaccine, new methods for prevention and control are urgently needed. Researchers investigated whether genetic manipulation of … Continue reading
In malaria-endemic regions, humans are often infected repeatedly with the Plasmodium parasite, and the consequences of such multiple infections are under intense study. In contrast, little is known about possible co-infection and its consequences in the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit … Continue reading
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and to transmit the virus to humans. Continue reading
Every year I get excitied and rant at my virology students about how amazing it is that a virus can have more than more host, i.e. for viruses which undergo propagative transmission, replicating in both the “host” and the “vector”. … Continue reading
Infection of mosquitos with Wolbachia bacteria can significantly reduce levels of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Continue reading
To control mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, researchers need to look at the behavior of people, not just the insect that transmits the disease. Vector-borne diseases constitute a largely neglected and enormous burden on public health in many resource-challenged environments, … Continue reading
Bluetongue is a disease of ruminants caused by Bluetongue virus (BTV) and it is transmitted by biting midges. In sheep, clinical signs of BTV infection can include fever, vasodilation, swelling and, in severe cases, death, although the severity of symptoms … Continue reading