Secret Site Map
Monday, October 20, 2014

Home News Discovery Could Shrink Dengue-Spreading Mosquito Population

Discovery Could Shrink Dengue-Spreading Mosquito Population

Mosquitoes, General Safety

Each year, dengue fever infects as many as 100 million people while yellow fever is responsible for about 30,000 deaths worldwide.

| December 8, 2010

Each year, dengue fever infects as many as 100 million people while yellow fever is responsible for about 30,000 deaths worldwide. Both diseases are spread by infected female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which require vertebrate blood to produce eggs. The blood feeding and the egg development are tightly linked to how the mosquito transmits the disease-causing virus.

Now a team of entomologists at the University of California, Riverside has identified a microRNA (a short ribonucleic acid molecule) in female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that when deactivated disrupts the mosquito's blood digestion and egg development — a discovery that could help control the spread of not only dengue and yellow fever but potentially all vector-borne diseases.

To read the entire article, click here.

Top news

Extreme Spider Infestation Forces Missouri Family to Relocate

A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.

Landscaper Killed by Bee Swarm

One person is dead and several others are recovering from bee stings after a huge swarm of about 300,000 bees attacked landscapers working outside a home in Douglas (Ariz.), TucsonNewsNow.com reports.

UC Survey Asks PMPs What Are Their Biggest Bed Bug Concerns

University of California urban entomologists have launched an electronic survey to gather information from PMPs about what they are doing to manage bed bugs, and to determine what kind of bed bug research is needed.

AMVAC Introduces Nuvan Directed Spray Aerosol

Featuring the active ingredient dichlorvos (DDVP) the product can be used to control bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas and 21 other structural pests.

WCBB Raising Funds to Help Injured Industry Professional

Trade group Wildlife Control Business Builders (WCBB) is raising funds to help ECO Wildlife Solutions' Susan Sims, who suffered serious injuries as a result of a ladder fall.

x