‘Killer' mosquitoes deployed to fight Zika, dengue, yellow fever
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika, according to the journal Nature. On November 3, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a…
Discovery premieres 'Mosquito' to enlighten on the risk of next 'worldwide pandemic'
As many in the world prepare for the warm summer months, Discovery will use its global reach to focus the world's attention on the single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito. The global crisis is highlighted in the worldwide premiere of the upcoming Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO, Thursday, July 6th at 9…
Finalists named to lead under-fire WHO
The World Health Organization on Wednesday picked three finalists for the role of its next director-general, a high-stakes choice for the powerful agency described as facing an "existential crisis".
Angola records first Zika cases
Angolan health officials said Monday they had recorded the country's first two cases of the Zika virus, a French tourist and a resident in the capital Luanda.
Can bacteria-infected mosquitoes stop spread of dengue, Zika?
According to World Health Organisation’s (WHO) report, mosquitoes kill an estimated 700, 000 people a year. If infected with viruses that cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue and Zika, mosquitos can transmit them to humans in one bite.
Brazilian women shun pregnancy due to Zika
More than half of young Brazilian women have shunned pregnancy due to Zika, which can cause birth defects, according to research released Friday.
Factory-bred mosquitoes to wipe out Zika, dengue, yellow fever
Scientists in Brazil are preparing to release millions of factory-bred mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out tropical diseases.
Study bolsters link between Zika, Guillain-Barre syndrome
Researchers have found more evidence linking the mosquito-borne Zika virus to a neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome, but proof of cause-and-effect remains elusive, a study said Wednesday.
NIMR tasks government on research prioritisation
Deputy Director Research at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Sam Awolola, has called on government to prioritise research in the country.