dengue fever

  • March 3, 2016  

    As mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and Zika virus continue to ravage Brazil, scientists are racing to fight back. Their latest tactic: genetically engineered mosquitoes that will pass along fatal mutations to their offspring, destroying mosquito populations from within. But some researchers worry our limited knowledge of Zika could throw a wrench into this plan. Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • May 16, 2015  

    Officials in the Florida Keys are considering using genetically modified mosquitoes to curb the threat of the tropical disease, Dengue fever. The lab-grown mosquitoes have been used in Brazil and the Cayman Islands to reduce the local mosquito populations, but many Keys residents are wary of allowing a science experiment in their backyard. NewsHour’s Stephen Fee reports. Continue reading

  • June 14, 2014  

    Teams representing 31 countries have descended on Brazil hoping to bring home the World Cup trophy. But amid the excitement, scientists and health specialists are concerned that tourists and players may bring something else home with them: dengue fever, a disease with no immunization and no cure that has long been a problem in Brazil. Continue reading