disease vectors
Diseases From Ticks and Mosquitoes Have Tripled
Diseases From Ticks and Mosquitoes Have Tripled
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2018
Warmer weather is thought to be behind the rise in vector-borne illnesses in recent years.
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Kerry Grens | Nov 27, 2017
Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.
Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations
Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations
Kerry Grens | Jan 17, 2017
Infected with Wolbachia, the insects are expected to reduce the spread of dengue and Zika. But scientists say the approach may have limitations.
Zika Update
Zika Update
Kerry Grens | Aug 24, 2016
More locally acquired cases in Florida; fetal brain damage investigated
“Maleness” Gene Found in Malaria Mosquito
“Maleness” Gene Found in Malaria Mosquito
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 30, 2016
Researchers have identified the male-determining gene in the malaria mosquito, whose expression in females is lethal.
Opinion: Target the Vector
Opinion: Target the Vector
Mirco Junker | Jun 28, 2016
Officials’ increased emphasis on mosquito control could benefit public health efforts beyond the ongoing Zika outbreak. 
Billboards Attract Mosquitoes
Billboards Attract Mosquitoes
Tanya Lewis | Apr 21, 2016
A marketing effort aims to trap Zika-transmitting mosquitoes by mimicking human scents.
Zika Update
Zika Update
Kerry Grens | Jan 25, 2016
Health officials expect the virus to spread to nearly all countries in the Americas and expand warnings for pregnant women.
Plant Could Hinder Malaria-Control Efforts
Plant Could Hinder Malaria-Control Efforts
Maina Waruru | Sep 30, 2015
In the absence of a blood meal, some malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in East Africa feed on an invasive weed, scientists find.
GM Mosquito Cuts Wild-Type Numbers
GM Mosquito Cuts Wild-Type Numbers
Kerry Grens | Jul 21, 2015
Release of a transgenic version of Aedes aegypti, a species that can carry dengue virus, decimated a local population of non-mutated mosquitoes, according to a study.