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  • Zika-infected mosquitoes lay Zika-infected eggs (in lab)

    08/29/2016 3:00:23 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    theverge ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rachel Becker
    Mosquito moms can transmit zika virus to their offspring — at least in the lab, a new study shows. If this also happens in nature, the virus might be able to survive in tough mosquito eggs even when cold weather, dry spells, and pesticides kill off the infectious adults. Mosquitoes can transmit viruses in the same family as Zika, such as yellow fever and dengue, to their offspring — but it wasn’t clear whether this was also true for Zika. So scientists led by Robert Tesh, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, injected Zika virus into approximately...
  • Vehicle spraying a mist or fog in Dallas Texas neighborhood.

    08/26/2016 11:45:05 PM PDT · by TLI · 97 replies
    self ^ | August 27, 2016 | self
    Just observed a vehicle with bright flashing yellow lights proceeding at about 5 mph spraying a fog or mist at about a 45 degree up angle on my street at 1:41 am. Spray mist went up about 8-9 feet above ground level. I listen to the local news extensively and there has not been any mention of this activity on any radio station in any form.
  • Does Zika Warrant Bringing Back DDT?

    08/06/2016 4:29:09 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 118 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 August 2016 | John F. McManus
    Jane Orient, M.D., serves as the Executive Director of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). This Arizona-based organization attracts conservative-thinking doctors and frequently finds itself in disagreement with the well-known American Medical Association.Dr. Orient has issued a call to start using DDT in the fight against the Zika virus. Her stand places her in marked contrast to an assortment of leftist environmentalists and their political allies. To them, DDT is harmful. But examination of the claims that DDT adversely affects people, plant life, and fish shows the worries to be unreasonable if not completely false.Created in 1874 by...
  • Florida confirms 10 new Zika infections, most in single day

    Statewide total climbs to 246 confirmed Zika cases in Florida this year No cases of local transmission by mosquitoes, health department says First child born in Florida with Zika-related birth defect reported this week ====== Florida health officials confirmed the largest number of new Zika infections in a single day on Friday with 10 people affected, raising the statewide total to 246 cases this year, including 43 pregnant women. The new cases were announced on the same week that state officials reported Florida’s first baby born with a Zika-related birth defect. The baby is at least the fifth child born...
  • CDC Official Says 'Thousands' May Have Arrived in US With Zika

    05/24/2016 1:28:58 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 24 replies
    abcnews ^ | 5/24/16 | Gillian Mohney
    Federal health officials today said they believe "thousands" of people may have contracted the Zika virus before returning to the U.S. as they remain concerned that the virus might start to have ongoing transmission in the U.S. Speaking at a panel at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the Zika virus remains "pretty concerning" for experts as they learn how it affects pregnant women. "The reality is one bite, and if you’re pregnant, your baby might be harmed," Schuchat said at the panel today....
  • Zika outbreak fuelled by mosquito control failure, says WHO boss

    05/23/2016 9:56:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan. Speaking at the agency's annual World Health Assembly, Dr Chan said experts had "dropped the ball" in the 1970s with regards to getting a handle on disease-carrying insects. More than 60 countries and territories now have continuing Zika transmission. Most recently, the infection, spread by mosquito bites, reached Africa. ... Eradication campaigns were successful in the Americas with 18 countries getting rid of the insect by 1962. But insecticide resistance plus a lack of political will...
  • Mosquito Control Experts Say EPA Regs Hamper Efforts to Fight Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

    05/11/2016 5:00:25 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/11/16
    Members of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to request the help of Congress in combatting the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, particularly urging Congress to ease the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of insecticides and products being developed to kill the mosquitoes. Karl Malamud-Roam, Public Health Pesticides Program Manager at Rutgers University, said at the “Mosquito Control to Minimize Zika Virus Risk” event that the tools in place to confront the Aedes breed of Zika-carrying mosquitoes were “okay, we will do a good job with the tools we have, they’re good...
  • Dengue vaccine proves 100% effective in human trials

    03/19/2016 9:01:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    Wired UK ^ | 3-17-2016 | K.G ORPHANIDES
    An experimental vaccine against the dengue virus has been found to protect 100 percent of recipients in a clinical trial carried out by the USA's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In the NIAID trial 21 people were vaccinated with TV003, while 20 received a placebo. Six months later they returned to be infected with a mild version of dengue-2. All 21 people who'd received the vaccine were protected against infection. All 20 members of the placebo group contracted dengue. A modified version of the vaccine is now being developed in an attempt to treat the related Zika virus....
  • Zika Virus: Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment CDC

    03/18/2016 10:07:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Centers For Disease Control ^ | 03-18-2016 | Staff
    Symptoms Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease because they won’t have symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week. See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to a place where Zika has been reported....
  • Zika Prompts Pleas for DDT

    02/22/2016 5:18:15 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 22 February 2016 | Rebecca Terrell
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has sparked a global scare over a tropical virus outbreak that officials say is worse than last year's Ebola epidemic, which killed 11,000 people in Africa. They predict the Zika virus could infect as many as four million people by the end of 2016. "Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively," warned WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in January. She told her executive board in Geneva that the "level of alarm is extremely high," and on February 1 declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.For...
  • Disturbing link investigated for Zika outbreak [Matthew 24]

    02/01/2016 12:48:11 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/31/2016 | Staff
    (MIRROR UK) – The Zika virus outbreak currently gripping the Americas could have been sparked by the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012, critics say. The insects were engineered by biotechnology experts to combat the spread of dengue fever and other diseases and released into the general population of Brazil in 2012. But with the World Health Organisation(WHO) now meeting in Geneva to desperately discuss cures for the Zika virus, speculation has mounted as to the cause of this sudden outbreak. The Zika virus was first discovered in the 1950s but the recent outbreak has escalated alarmingly, causing birth...
  • WHO meets to decide if 'explosive' Zika virus is a global emergency ... worse than Ebola

    02/01/2016 6:31:41 AM PST · by Rockitz · 30 replies
    DailyMail.co.UK ^ | 31 January 2016 | Daily Mail Reporter and Press Association
    The World Health Organization will meet today to decide whether the Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge of serious birth defects should be considered a global emergency on the scale of Ebola. The UN health agency warned last week that the mosquito-borne disease was 'spreading explosively' in the Americas, with the region expected to see up to four million cases this year. Experts also fear the warm weather system El Nino will fuel the outbreak by increasing the mosquito population. Brazil sounded the alarm in October, when a rash of microcephaly cases, a devastating condition in which a...
  • Researchers compare 'natural' mosquito repellents to DEET

    10/28/2015 12:46:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    phys.org ^ | 10/28/2015 | by Josh Lancette &Provided by: Entomological Society of America
    Every summer while preparing for long weekends at our family cabin in the north woods of Minnesota, we'd face the same dilemmas. What food should we bring? Is SPF 50 sunscreen enough protection? And, most importantly, which mosquito repellent should we buy? If we picked the wrong kind, we'd be opening ourselves up to evenings of constant swatting by the campfire and nights of uncontrollable itching. Protection from the unofficial state bird, the mosquito, was not something to take lightly. However, while itchy limbs might be annoying, Minnesotans don't have much to worry about from mosquitoes, except for the occasional...
  • Deadly Central American mosquito found in San Diego-Transmits dengue hemorrhagic fever

    11/03/2014 5:28:15 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | Aaron Klein
    In an alarming development, an aggressive mosquito capable of transmitting the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever and other serious diseases was reportedly found in San Diego, California, for the first time this week. Many of the viruses the mosquito can spread are endemic to Central America and Mexico. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, or by its scientific name the Aedes aegypti, the insects were found in offices at San Diego’s 32nd Street Naval Station, the Los Angeles Times reported. The same kind of mosquitoes were found Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in the Los Angeles-area counties of Commerce and Pico Rivera....
  • Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County

    10/20/2014 7:29:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Veronica Rocha
    A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The Aedes aegypti species, which has black and white stripes and grows to about a quarter-inch in size, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever -- viruses that can cause painful symptoms including headaches and high fever, officials said. "While these debilitating viruses, so far, aren't locally...
  • This Summer, Make Your Own Natural, Mild, and CHEAP Mosquito Repellent:

    07/22/2014 7:16:48 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Cutter's ain't bad, but not cheap either...  and that Off stuff is kinda nasty- try this homemade one instead: __________________________________________ Combine in a 16 oz bottle: 15 drops lavender oil 3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract 1/4 Cup lemon juice. Fill bottle with water, shake, and you're good to go- __________________________________________ h/t Kirby
  • U.S. Officials Keep Close Eye On ‘Miserable’ Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus

    06/16/2014 8:57:43 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 6-16-2014 | CBS
    CDC: Cases Confirmed In 15 States, Including N.Y., With 25 In Florida Alone June 16, 2014 6:19 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — First there was West Nile virus. Now health experts are warning about another virus carried by mosquitoes. The chikungunya virus — or “chik-v” — has sickened tens of thousands of people throughout the Caribbean with high fever and severe pain. Now Americans are coming down with it, too, and there’s fear that it will spread, CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson reported. “This is not a fatal infection; it’s just a miserable infection,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of Vanderbilt...
  • Questionable Dating of Bloody Mosquito Fossil (article)

    11/21/2013 8:09:10 AM PST · by fishtank · 17 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Nov. 20, 2013 | Brian Thomas
    Questionable Dating of Bloody Mosquito Fossil by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Researchers recently examined a spectacular mosquito fossil from the Kishenehn Formation, finding fresh blood—remnants of its last meal—still stored in its abdomen. They wrote, "The data reported herein provide incontrovertible documentation of the presence of heme- and arguably hemoglobin-derived porphyrin in a 46-million-year-old compression fossil."1 How did they obtain this age for the fossil, and are their methods and conclusions reliable? An earlier Creation Science Update news article confirmed the fossil's genuine blood remnants. It also introduced the biochemical decay rate experiments that give compelling reasons for excluding hemoglobin...
  • Bloody Mosquito Fossil Supports Recent Creation (article)

    10/28/2013 8:45:36 AM PDT · by fishtank · 108 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 10-25-2013 | Brian Thomas
    Bloody Mosquito Fossil Supports Recent Creation by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Scientists recently found blood remnants in a mosquito fossil trapped in a supposed 46-million-year-old rock.1 Could blood really last that long? Publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the researchers reported that they detected iron three times inside the fossil mosquito's abdomen, which strongly suggests the presence of still-fresh hemoglobin. They also confirmed the presence of heme groups (vitamin-like porphyrin molecules found in hemoglobin) only inside the abdomen, where living female mosquitos store the blood from their meals. The study authors wrote, "The combination of...
  • Scientists Have Found An Ancient Fossilized Mosquito Full Of Blood (46 Million Years OLD)

    10/14/2013 8:54:39 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 10-14-2013 | Jennifer Welsh
    Scientists Have Found An Ancient Fossilized Mosquito Full Of Blood Jennifer Welsh Oct. 14, 2013, 5:37 PMBlood engorged mosquito Researchers have just published an exciting find: a 46-million-year-old mosquito full of blood. Next stop "Jurassic Park"? Not so fast. The find is really interesting because it's the first example of blood-feeding in these ancient insects. We hadn't had clear evidence of when this began until now. They found the mosquito in shale sediments in Montana. They first found the presence of iron in the female mosquito's belly, then used a non-destructive technique to study the molecules inside the find. They...
  • Miracle cat survives 110ft fall after chasing a mosquito straight out of an 11th floor apartment

    09/08/2013 1:05:04 PM PDT · by Dysart · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9-8-13
    Wasabi the cat should be dead, but miraculously she's back to purring and playing after falling 11 floors from her owner's apartment in Juneau, Alaska. Wasabi was chasing a mosquito around owner Stephanie Gustafson's apartment earlier this week when she chase the insect straight out the window. Ms Gustafson's mom watched the cat fall to the ground while she 'freaked out' and ran downstairs to see if Wasabi was OK.
  • Why mosquitoes prefer some people over others

    07/28/2013 2:33:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    ANI ^ | 22nd Jul 2013
    Why mosquitoes prefer some people over others ANI | 22nd Jul 2013 For years, scientists and researchers have had trouble explaining the reason behind mosquitoes' preference to choose one person while ignoring the others. According to Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida, mosquitoes get attracted to cholesterol and steroids on the surface of skin, the Washington Times reported. He said that people with a more efficient metabolism could have a higher cholesterol concentration on the surface of their skin - not their blood - than others, thereby attracting more bites. Joe Conlon, PhD, technical advisor to...
  • Mega mosquito could invade Florida this summer

    03/08/2013 10:59:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.myfoxorlando.com ^ | 03-08-2013 | Staff
    <p>Mosquitoes 20 times the size of normal mosquitoes could invade Florida this summer, experts say.</p> <p>The female galinipper (Psorophora ciliata), a very large mosquito with hairy legs, feeds day and night and are common in Florida.</p> <p>But major tropical events such as Tropical Storm Debby awakened the dormant galinipper eggs, and scientists are expecting a boom in the next few months.</p>
  • UF Researcher: Mega mosquitoes set to invade Central Fla. (They're 20x 'regular' size)

    03/06/2013 6:52:38 AM PST · by Stoat · 42 replies
    Click Orlando (WKMG Local 6) ^ | March 6, 2013 | Evan Lambert
    Mega mosquitoes known as gallinippers could invade Central Florida this summer as flood waters from tropical storms force the larvae to hatch this hurricane season. Entomologists at the University of Florida say the mosquitoes are 20 times the size of a typical mosquito, about the size of a quarter.  They also pack a painful bite, according to UF entomologist Phil Kaufman. He calls the species "notoriously aggressive." The best way to protect against these super-sized mosquitoes is to wear bug spray with DEET and cover up as best as possible. Gallinippers were spotted last year in Florida after Tropical...
  • SATELLITE-BASED MODELING OF ANOPHELES MOSQUITO DENSITIES

    02/17/2013 1:35:20 PM PST · by muawiyah · 6 replies
    Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 37th Congress ^ | 2004 | A. Charoenpanyanet a and X. Chen a
    Landsat 5 TM was used as a tool to model Anopheles mosquito densities on heterogeneous land cover. In this study, mosquito density data was divided into 5 classes; absence, low, moderate, high, and very high densities. Land cover was classified into 8 types. Stagnant water, wetland, and paddy land cover types are larva habitat. Forest, cropland, orchard, and grassland land cover types are adult habitat. Built-up land is non habitat. Multiple linear regression and discriminant analysis were selected to identify the relationship between mosquito densities and land cover types..............
  • University of Cape Town Researchers Believe They Have Found a Single Dose Cure for Malaria

    08/30/2012 6:53:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    CAPE TOWN (2012-08-28): The University of Cape Town’s Science Department believes that it has found a single dose cure for Malaria. This was announced by researchers that have been working on this compound, from the aminopyridine class, for several years. Unlike conventional multidrug malaria treatments that the malaria parasite has become resistant to, Professor Kelly Chibale and his colleagues now believe that they have discovered a drug that over 18 months of trials ”killed these resistant parasites instantly”. Animal tests also showed that it was not only safe and effective, but there were no adverse reported side effects. Clinical tests...
  • Mosquito Repellents: Separating Fact From Fiction

    06/20/2012 5:34:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    WFAA ^ | June 20, 2012 | SHELLY SLATER
    Two drops of water is all it takes to breed mosquitoes in your back yard. So what are you doing to prevent West Nile virus? Tony Jenkins, the assistant director of environmental health for the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department, said there are options besides DEET-based insecticides, starting with garlic. “Garlic is an insect repellent... it really is,” he said. You can eat it and you can plant it — either way, mosquitoes don't like it. “Wherever that area is, and wherever the aromatics tend to penetrate, that would help to do some mosquito reduction around your house,”...
  • Ahmadinejad: Israel 'Nothing More Than a Mosquito'

    05/13/2012 1:56:01 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compared Israel to an annoying insect Saturday, maintaining that the Jewish state poses no threat to Tehran’s nuclear program. "Israel is nothing more than a mosquito which cannot see the broad horizon of the Iranian nation," he said in northeastern Iran's Khorassan province, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. Ahmadinejad said "regional states" were being duped into buying billions of dollars worth of arms from "arrogant and imperial powers," driven, in part, by increasing speculation of an imminent war involving Iran and Israel, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Such military purchases, he...
  • Canadian war ace

    11/20/2011 10:28:26 AM PST · by albertabound · 9 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | NOVEMBER 20, 2011 | BY ANDREW DUFFY, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
    Rayne Shultz 1922-2011: Canadian war ace shot down three German bombers in one night in 1943 BY ANDREW DUFFY, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN NOVEMBER 20, 2011 2 STORYPHOTOS ( 6 ) More Images » Canadian war ace Rayne ‘Joe’ Schultz shot down three German bombers in one night in 1943 and went on to serve 37 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force, retiring as a Group Captain. He died on Remembrance Day, 2011, at age 88. Flying Officer Rayne “Joe” Schultz began the night that would define his war at a poker game — winning money for a change. It...
  • Malaria Mosquitoes Accurately Find Their Way to Smelly Feet

    05/11/2011 5:47:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 05-06-2011 | Staff
    Malaria mosquitoes utilize CO2 from exhaled air to localize humans from afar. In the vicinity of their preferred host, they alter their course towards the human feet. Researcher Remco Suer discovered how female malaria mosquitoes use foot odors in the last meters to guide them to their favoured biting place. Suer, who is defending his doctoral thesis May 9 at Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, sees possibilities to disrupt the host seeking behaviour of the malaria mosquito. African malaria mosquitoes, Anopheles gambiae, use their olfactory organs, two antennae, two mouthparts (maxillary palps) and the proboscis, to search for their...
  • New Insect Repellant May Be Thousands of Times Stronger Than DEET

    05/10/2011 12:28:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 9, 2011 | Staff
    Imagine an insect repellant that not only is thousands of times more effective than DEET -- the active ingredient in most commercial mosquito repellants -- but also works against all types of insects, including flies, moths and ants. That possibility has been created by the discovery of a new class of insect repellant made in the laboratory of Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences and Pharmacology Laurence Zwiebel and reported this week in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "It wasn't something we set out to find," said David Rinker, a graduate student who...
  • Taiwan: Anchor chokes on mosquito during news program(the bug stuck in her windpipe)

    07/22/2010 12:46:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/22/10
    Anchor chokes on mosquito during news program Thursday, July 22, 2010 AFP TAIPEI -- A Taiwanese television presenter was hospitalized after a mosquito flew into her mouth, choking her and interrupting her live news broadcast. The mosquito got so deep into Huang Ching's mouth that it was stuck in her windpipe, touching off severe asthma, China Times media group said yesterday. China Television Co. had to urgently put on a four-minute advert while it drafted in a replacement presenter to carry on with the news.
  • This Is a Mosquito Getting Killed By a Laser

    02/12/2010 5:33:29 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 12 replies · 1,098+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Rosa Golijan
    You're looking at a mosquito who got taken down mid-flight by a "Death Star" laser gun designed by Nathan Myhrvold. The malaria-carrying pest never saw it coming, but you can watch everything happen over and over again in this video. ZOT!
  • Mosquito Shot Down By a Laser

    02/12/2010 8:41:24 AM PST · by Wiz · 66 replies · 1,937+ views
    LiveLeak ^ | 2010 Feb 12
    You're looking at a mosquito who got taken down mid-flight by a laser gun designed by Nathan Myhrvold. The malaria-carrying pest never saw it coming, but you can watch everything happen over and over again in this video. The idea behind the laser is that it could be used to control mosquito populations in developing countries in hopes of reducing the number of deaths due to malaria, a disease f More..requently carried by the flying insects. The device was shown off during the TED 2010 conference and does in fact appear to be capable of tracking and killing mosquitoes.
  • 'Strange mosquitoes' invade Uganda

    01/11/2010 3:36:35 AM PST · by Int · 13 replies · 1,056+ views
    AfricaNews ^ | Saturday 9 January 2010 - 08:02
    Authorities in Uganda are studying what they term as strange mosquitoes that have invaded a district in the western region. The mosquitoes which have invaded Kabarole district are slightly bigger than the usual ones; feed day and night and cause skin rash on face and upper limbs of the people they bite. Those they bite develop symptoms similar to those of chicken pox. Now, Dr Joa Oketch, the Kabarole District Health Officer says they have taken blood samples from 27 people who were bitten by the strange mosquitoes and tested positive to malaria. He identifies the affected areas as Mugoma...
  • Mosquitoes Deliver Malaria 'Vaccine' Through Bites

    08/01/2009 4:21:44 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 608+ views
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | July 31, 2009 | Marilynn Marchione
    Malaria kills nearly a million people each year, mostly children under 5 and especially in Africa. Infected mosquitoes inject immature malaria parasites into the skin when they bite; these travel to the liver where they mature and multiply. From there, they enter the bloodstream and attack red blood cells -- the phase that makes people sick. In a daring experiment in Europe, scientists used mosquitoes as flying needles to deliver a "vaccine" of live malaria parasites through their bites. The results were astounding: Everyone in the vaccine group acquired immunity to malaria; everyone in a non-vaccinated comparison group did not,...
  • Anything natural that prevents mosquito bites?

    05/04/2009 6:02:16 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 117 replies · 3,012+ views
    vanity ^ | 5-4-09 | self
    Anything natural that will repel mosquito/bug bites? I have heard garlic pills will repel them, but wife is allergic to garlic...
  • He is alive : Russians: Mosquito Survives in Outer Space

    02/24/2009 6:37:13 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 1,139+ views
    foxnews ^ | February 24, 2009
    Sometimes it's just really hard to kill a bug. According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, a mosquito managed to live 18 months clinging to the outside of the International Space Station, without any food, being bombarded by radiation and enduring fluctuating temperatures ranging from minus 230 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. "We brought him back to Earth. He is alive, and his feet are moving," Anatoly Grigoryev of the Russian Academy of Sciences told RIA Novosti. The buzzing bug was part of a larger experiment in which bacteria, barley seeds, small crustaceans and larval insects were placed in...
  • Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?

    07/04/2008 4:34:10 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 49 replies · 218+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jul 3, 2008 | Kurt Soller
    After this weekend's barbeques and fireworks displays, you might wonder why some people wind up covered in mosquito welts and others are bite-free. It's not a coincidence. Each person's individual body chemistry determines how many mosquitoes will come calling. According to Joe Conlon, a medical entomologist who advises the American Mosquito Control Association, the insects can detect their targets from nearly 100 feet away. But what are they seeking? Mostly the scent of carbon dioxide and lactic acid, two compounds that indicate to the hematophagous — or blood-sucking — pests that their next landing pad is nearby. (It's worth noting...
  • Conflict follows device that drives away teen loiterers (The Mosquito by Kids Be Gone)

    04/23/2008 2:56:37 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies · 195+ views
    CNN ^ | 04/23/2008
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A wall-mounted gadget designed to drive away loiterers with a shrill, piercing noise audible only to teens and young adults is infuriating civil liberties groups and tormenting young people after being introduced into the United States. Almost 1,000 units of the device, called the Mosquito, have been sold in the United States and Canada after the product debuted last year, according to Daniel Santell, the North America importer of the device sold under the company name Kids Be Gone. The high-frequency sound has been likened to fingernails dragged across a chalkboard or a pesky mosquito buzzing...
  • Kids' commissioner calls for ban on Mosquito, ultrasonic anti-teen device

    02/12/2008 5:18:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies · 511+ views
    Times of London ^ | Philippe Naughton
    February 12, 2008 Kids' commissioner calls for ban on Mosquito, ultrasonic anti-teen device (Compound Security Systems/PA) The Mosquito has a 20-minute cut-off to prevent shopowners leaving it on all night Philippe Naughton Under 25? Listen here | Over-25s, listen here The creators of a pioneering device that uses high-frequency sound to stop teenagers congregating outside shops, schools and railway stations reacted angrily today to news that the government-appointed Children's Commissioner wants to see it banned. The £500 Mosquito device has been installed at some 3,500 locations across the country since it first went on sale in January 2006. It emits...
  • Why Some People Are Prone To Mosquito Bites

    08/30/2007 6:38:23 PM PDT · by blam · 89 replies · 3,126+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-30-2007 | Nic Fleming
    Why some people are prone to mosquito bites By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent > Last Updated: 7:01pm BST 30/08/2007 Scientists have worked out why mosquitoes make a beeline for certain people but appear to leave others almost untouched. Specific cells in one of the three organs that make up the mosquito’s nose are tuned to identify the different chemicals that make up human body odour. To the mosquito some people’s sweat simply smells better than others because of the proportions of the carbon dioxide, octenol and other compounds that make up body odour. It is those people who are most...
  • DDT spray scares mosquitoes away, study finds

    08/09/2007 5:47:46 AM PDT · by period end of story · 47 replies · 1,073+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 8, 2007
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mosquitoes that carry malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever avoid homes that have been sprayed with DDT, researchers reported on Wednesday. The chemical not only repels the disease-carrying insects physically, but its irritant and toxic properties helps keep them away, the researchers reported in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE. They estimate that DDT spray reduced the risk of disease transmission by nearly three-quarters. Malaria affects more 40 percent of the world's population, killing more than a million people every year, most of them young children. DDT use has been discontinued in most countries because...
  • Give Us DDT

    07/04/2007 1:11:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 48 replies · 1,037+ views
    WSJ ^ | 06.12.07 | SAM ZARAMBA
    KAMPALA, Uganda -- Though Africa's sad experience with colonialism ended in the 1960s, a lethal vestige remains: malaria. It is the biggest killer of Ugandan and all African children. Yet it remains preventable and curable. Last week in Germany, G-8 leaders committed new resources to the fight against the mosquito-borne disease and promised to use every available tool. Now they must honor this promise by supporting African independence in the realm of disease control. We must be able to use Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane -- DDT. The United States and Europe eradicated malaria by 1960, with the use of DDT. At the time,...
  • A New Kind of SWAT Team

    04/15/2006 9:41:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 566+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Apr 14, 2006 | Merrill Matthews
    A genetically modified mosquito is a good mosquito. But there are cavemen among us who seem to live to thwart technological advances, and they may prefer the old disease-spreading pests that have plagued mankind since the beginning. As far-fetched as it might sound, scientists at Imperial College London have created genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes. But these scientists are not as mad as they might seem. They plan to release the mosquitoes with the hope they will wipe out natural mosquito populations in regions where deadly malaria rages or people are plagued by dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases. Here’s how...
  • Welsh inventor's 'mosquito' makes noisy teens buzz off

    12/01/2005 1:59:14 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 41 replies · 1,302+ views
    abc.net ^ | 12-01-05 | reuters
    Welsh inventor's 'mosquito' makes noisy teens buzz off A Welsh inventor claims to have found the perfect solution to rowdy youngsters: noise. Howard Stapleton says his device, the "mosquito", emits an uncomfortable high-pitched ultrasonic sound that can be heard by children and teenagers, but almost no one over 30. It has successfully driven away noisy teens from a grocery store in the Welsh town of Barry and a shop in Stapleton's home town Merthyr Tydfil, making smoking, lounging and foul-mouthed youths a thing of the past.
  • Scientists create GM mosquitoes to fight malaria and save thousands of lives

    10/10/2005 7:49:03 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 67 replies · 1,228+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | October 10, 2005 | David Adam
    - Plan to breed and sterilise millions of male insects - Leader says project almost ready for testing in wild Genetically modified mosquitoes could soon be released into the wild in an attempt to combat malaria. Scientists at Imperial College London, who created the GM insects, say they could wipe out natural mosquito populations and save thousands of lives in malaria-stricken regions. Led by Andrea Crisanti, the team added a gene that makes the testicles of the male mosquitoes fluorescent, allowing the scientists to distinguish and easily separate them from females. The plan is to breed, sterilise and release millions...
  • Do Backyard Mosquito Catchers Work?

    09/23/2005 5:12:02 PM PDT · by RobFromGa · 32 replies · 826+ views
    Sept 24, 2005 | RobFromGa
    I just put a deck and spa in our backyard, and I am looking at various methods of controlling the mosquitos in the yard. A quick Google search on mosquito control yields many types of systems. Do any Freepers have any experience with these types of systems? Soliciting any input....
  • County Takes West Nile Fight To The Air - Aerial Spraying Over Sacramento To Begin Monday Night

    08/08/2005 9:37:30 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 11 replies · 1,062+ views
    KCRA 13 ^ | 8/8/2005 | KCRA Staff
    County Takes West Nile Fight To The Air Aerial Spraying Over Sacramento To Begin Monday Night POSTED: 6:56 am PDT August 8, 2005 UPDATED: 6:44 pm PDT August 8, 2005 SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Vector Control officials Monday will begin aerial spraying over a large part of Sacramento County in an effort to fight mosquitoes and the West Nile virus. A 71,000-acre area from Interstate 5 to Citrus Heights will be sprayed beginning at 8 p.m. The spraying is expected to last until midnight. The pesticide that will be sprayed is a pyrethins, derived from chrysanthemums. It is the same...
  • Operation Carthage, the 60th anniversary of the attack on Shell House, Copenhagen.

    03/21/2005 2:29:49 PM PST · by wingdk · 10 replies · 1,876+ views
    Self | 21/3/2005 | Derek Carter
    Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the legendary low-level attack by Mosquitoes of 140 Wing on the Gestapo HQ at Shell House, Copenhagen Denmark. Escorting the 20 Mossies were 28 Mustangs from 64, 126 and 234 Squadrons. Remembrance services were held today in Copenhagen, wreaths were laid at the Shell building for the 9 aircrew members lost and the 8 Danish Resistance men that died as a direct result of the attack. In attendence were members of the Mosquito Aircrew Association and the Danish Resistance. Later wreaths were laid at the Jeanne D'Arc School monument in Frederiksberg which was accidentally...