WHO warns outbreak of flu-like illness could circulate in 36 hours, kill 80m people
A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people.
Genetically modified mosquitoes created to curb native disease-carrying pests backfire
Scientists monitoring a population of genetically modified mosquitoes released in Brazil to curb native disease-carrying pests say the plan appears to have backfired, instead giving rise to new generations of hardier, hybrid offspring.
Malaria, Zika, dengue fever could be wiped out with sterile mosquitoes
Scientists have found a way to genetically modify mosquitoes, which could help eradicate diseases such as malaria.
How giving mosquitoes diet pills could combat spread of malaria, Zika, dengue
Although mosquitoes do not need to watch their weight, giving the pests diet pills could combat the spread of malaria, Zika and dengue fever. Researchers found the insects given drugs containing NPY-like receptors ..
Bacterial compounds repel mosquitoes, could stop Zika, dengue, yellow fever
Molecules made by bacteria keep mosquitoes at bay. The compounds are newfound potential stand-in for DEET. N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, also called DEET or diethyltoluamide, is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents.
Fighting malaria, Zika, Dengue fever, West Nile with birth control for mosquitoes
Depending on where you live, the buzz of a nearby mosquito can be a nuisance, or it can be deadly. Worldwide, more than 500 million people suffer from diseases transmitted...
Zika virus detected in second Indian state
India's Zika outbreak is spreading, with officials saying Sunday that the mosquito-borne virus has been detected in the western state of Gujarat after nearly 150 cases were reported this year in neighbouring Rajasthan.
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…