Is this the end of malaria?

While some experts are debating how and if the world could go mosquito-free, other scientists are working to eradicate one of the major problems of the insect: malaria.

Malaria is a dangerous, easily transmittable disease known to be carried by mosquitoes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 207 million people […]

Experts debate cost of being mosquito-free

April showers bring May flowers. May flowers bring mosquitoes? That’s not how the old adage goes, but it definitely feels like it this year. Local reports around Neogen’s headquarters in Michigan have stated that the weather conditions are great conditions for mosquito breeding grounds, meaning it might be a busy, buggy season.

In a perfect […]

Eastern equine encephalitis cases increase in the wake of Hurricane Isaac

The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac is being felt in many ways, including burgeoning mosquito populations that spread eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), according to TheHorse.com.

The mosquitoes, which can spread EEE and other diseases such as West Nile virus, breed in stagnant water left behind by the storm. As of Tuesday, there were 43 confirmed cases […]

CDC: West Nile virus cases jump 40 percent

More than 1,500 people have fallen ill after being infected with West Nile virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The mosquito-borne virus has killed 66 people. Officials have said this is the worst year for West Nile infections since the virus was detected in the U.S. in 1999, according to USA […]

Mosquito woes: Protecting horses from insect-borne illnesses

Mosquitoes are not just those little annoying insects that drive us crazy at dusk. Along with their painful bites, mosquitoes also can carry viruses that can cause deadly diseases in horses. Late summer into autumn is the time of year that we start to see those diseases rear their ugly heads.

West Nile virus

West […]

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More H3N2 influenza cases surface – Pork Network

More than 150 people in nine states have now been sickened with the H3N2v virus, commonly known as swine flu. Most […]