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A potential vaccine for the Zika virus just passed a major milestone: It protected mice from getting sick
The vaccine neutralized the Zika virus in young albino mice, but it hasn't been tested in humans yet.
Mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus and dengue fever may have access to 1 billion more people in the years ahead
As our planet warms, ranges for disease-carrying mosquitoes will get larger, exposing up to 1 billion more people to Zika and dengue viruses by 2080.
Effective products against mosquitoes contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or PMD (though some should not be used on kids under three). Some of the same products work for ticks, but they can be less effective.
The most detailed image of the Zika virus ever captured might reveal a way to fight the birth-defect causing disease
Zika can cause babies to be born with neurological damage and microcephaly (a particularly small head and underdeveloped brain) if a pregnant woman is infected. Researchers just created the most detailed three-dimensional image ever of the virus.
A mosquito virus that had never been identified in humans was found in a Florida boy — here’s what to know about the Keystone virus
A Keystone virus infection has been confirmed in a human for the first time. The virus is known to be widespread, and it comes from a virus family that's known to cause brain inflammation. It's another reminder that there are always emerging disease to watch for.
Bill and Melinda Gates are giving $4 million to help scientists engineer a malaria-killing mosquito — here’s how it could work
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping Oxitec develop a new genetically-engineered mosquito that could be dispatched in Africa, the Americas and Asia to kill off malaria-infected mosquito populations. Malaria kills more than 440,000 people around the globe every year.
Diseases from ticks and mosquitoes have tripled in the US — and warmer weather means it will probably keep getting worse
Tcks, mosquitoes, and fleas carry pathogens including Lyme disease, West Nile, Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, and even the plague. Between 2004 and 2016, there were more than 640,000 of those illnesses. In that same time period, cases of these diseases tripled.
Vaccines prime the body's immune system to fight an infection. Researchers are finding ways to use vaccines to tackle diseases like cancer and drug addiction.
CDC researchers found the genetic material for 27 viruses in human semen, and they suspect there may be many more.
20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes are getting released into a California city by a division of Google’s parent company
The release is a field study for the Debug Project, an initiative that aims to decimate certain mosquito populations.