Understanding what causes encephalitis
Encephalitis is a rare condition that is most often caused by viruses (viral encephalitis). It can also be caused by non-infectious diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematous
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.
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.
Where will world’s next killer diseases come from?
The countries most likely to be responsible an outbreak of a contagious killer virus such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Zika or dengue have been revealed by scientists. Researchers have created heat maps to show viral hot-spots....
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.
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...
Self-destructive mosquitoes created
Bill Gates has donated $4.1 million to a lab creating mosquitoes that self-destruct by producing offspring that dies before reaching adulthood.
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…