Why disease-bearing insects, viral infections are increasing
Scientists have provided more reasons why there is rise in the number of mosquitoes and other disease-bearing insects as well as increase in viral infections globally.
‘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…
No women's Zika vaccine likely before 2020
About forty potential vaccines for the Zika virus are being tested, but none are likely to be available for women of childbearing age before 2020, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
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".
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.
Zika likely to spread in Asia Pacific
The Zika virus is set to spread through Asia, the World Health Organization warned Monday, with hundreds of cases reported in Singapore and two Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly.
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.