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By Amanda Grennell
More than six dozen sentinel chickens, living in coops dotted around Los Angeles, make up one of the first lines of defense in this sprawling county’s fight against West Nile virus.
By Usha Lee McFarling, STAT
Biologists working in Mali found an invasive tree also doubles as a buffet and a haven for malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
By Roni Dengler
Researchers are studying the way twins smell for clues about the genetic basis of mosquito appeal.
By Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American
The inheritance of Zika virus may guarantee its long-term survival in mosquito (and human) populations.
By Nsikan Akpan
By Katie Worth, FRONTLINE
Tropical mosquitoes may not be the only carriers of Zika virus, according to a new investigation from Brazil.
By Larisa Epatko
The little black Aedes aegypti mosquito with its white-striped legs and body seems harmless enough, but it can spread the Zika virus, which is tentatively linked to birth defects in babies.
The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus, and its possible link to an explosion of birth defects in Latin American countries, a public health emergency in need of a coordinated international response on Monday.
By Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News
The number of these serious California cases was 83 percent higher than the previous record number reported in the state in 2005, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Jenny Marder
On Thursday, federal officials announced that the tropical Chikungunya mosquito-borne disease had been transmitted for the first time within the United States, infecting two Florida residents. What’s notable about these cases is that the people affected reported no recent…
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