Category Archives: Mosquito diseases

No News Is Good News

Below freezing temperatures this morning (11/12/16) should be the end of our mosquito season. The Zika epidemic in the Caribbean had minimal impact on Indiana with no reported evidence of Zika infected mosquitos or transmission occurring in Indiana. However, there … Continue reading

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Elections Have Consequences

Genetically modified mosquitos hold promise for reducing populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquitos that vector dengue, zika and other diseases. Scientists consider the risk of adverse consequences resulting from the release of GMO mosquitos to be relative low, a conclusion … Continue reading

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Living With Zika Effects

Much of the study and worry about Zika is over its potential to cause birth defects including microcephaly. Zika is known to invade the testes and be sexually transmitted in sperm for 80 days. Scientists* have been studying its effects … Continue reading

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Living With Invasives

The Zika Virus is an example of an invasive species. Originally from Africa, it has now spread around the globe to every continent but Antarctica and hundreds of remote islands. The Zika Virus depends on a mosquito, Aedes aegypti, for … Continue reading

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Lurking in the Shadows

First Chikungunya and now Zika have “gone viral (literally) in the CaribbeanĀ and South America. It is unknown why these viruses went from relative obscurity in the African rain forests to become widespread epidemics. They are not the only viruses being … Continue reading

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Zika Update

Florida is making some progress with its aggressive spraying of insecticides to control mosquitos that vector Zika Virus. The Wynwood area north of Miami, the first site of local Zika transmission, has not had a new transmission case in 45 … Continue reading

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Monsoons and Mosquitos

After the monsoons visit India, the mosquitos follow. Many places in India collect household water in drums and plastic containers that lack adequate screening. These become breeding sites for Aedes aegyti, the most important vector of Dengue and Chikungunya. Mosquitos … Continue reading

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