Midnight In The Desert — mosquitos

CDC: Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases could invade 75% of America

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CDC: Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases could invade 75% of America

Mosquitoes capable of spreading serious and potentially deadly diseases such as Zika, dengue and yellow fever could invade about three-quarters of mainland United States, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have warned. The CDC, a US federal agency, has previously warned that climate change could affect human health in many ways including increasing the number of “disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks”. In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it revealed maps showing areas where the habitat was suitable for two particular species of mosquito, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus to survive. A study...

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Florida investigation links four recent Zika cases to local mosquito-borne virus transmission

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Florida investigation links four recent Zika cases to local mosquito-borne virus transmission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been informed by the State of Florida that Zika virus infections in four people were likely caused by bites of local Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The cases are likely the first known occurrence of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the continental United States. CDC is closely coordinating with Florida officials who are leading the ongoing investigations, and at the state's request, sent a CDC medical epidemiologist to provide additional assistance. State officials have responded rapidly with mosquito control measures and a community-wide search for additional Zika cases. Under the current situation,...

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What to Know About Aedes Albopictus, the Other Mosquito That Carries Zika

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What to Know About Aedes Albopictus, the Other Mosquito That Carries Zika

After the virus itself, the main villain of the Zika outbreak has been the Aedes aegypti mosquito, its primary vector. These mosquitoes are sneaky, and resilient, as my colleague Adrienne LaFrance recently reported—able to breed in the smallest amounts of standing water, predisposed to bite people from behind when they’re not looking. You can imagine them swarming through packed cities, nipping people behind the knees, twirling their tiny mosquito-sized mustaches, and cackling as they fly away. But another mosquito that’s been keeping its head down, lurking in Aedes aegypti’s shadow, not getting much attention, mentioned usually as an afterthought, can...

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Zika on Our Doorstep

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Zika on Our Doorstep

March 7, 2016 -- San Juan, Puerto Rico -- A new souvenir that no one wants may soon be making its way home with tourists after their beach vacations here: the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus is expected to plow through Puerto Rico with little to slow its spread. This island U.S. territory is $70 billion in debt, an amount its governor last year called “not payable.” Funding cuts have crippled public programs, leaving local health authorities shorthanded and without enough supplies. Health authorities fear as many as 700,000 people could have Zika in Puerto Rico by the end of...

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Mosquitoes Are Spreading a Rare Virus Around the World

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Mosquitoes Are Spreading a Rare Virus Around the World

BRIAN FOY CAME home from a trip to Senegal to study malaria-carrying mosquitoes with a mysterious illness, and it definitely wasn’t malaria. Both Foy and his graduate student soon recovered from the rash and aching joints—“the flu is worse,” says Foy—but it wasn’t until a chance encounter with another mosquito-disease researcher that they connected the dots. That third researcher’s grandfather had helped identify a little-known African virus in the 1940s called Zika, and that’s what Foy and his student had caught. As the time, Zika was so rare the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention didn’t even think to test...

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