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  • 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...
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

    07/28/2016 3:12:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 4:57 PM EDT
    The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, officials in the British Island territory said. Genetically altered male mosquitoes, which don’t bite but are expected to mate with females to produce offspring that die before reaching adulthood, were released in the West Bay area of Grand Cayman Island, according to a joint statement from the Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit and British biotech firm Oxitec. …
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes clear key hurdle for Key West test

    03/11/2016 11:26:51 AM PST · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Mar 11, 2016 | Jenny Staletovich
    The release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys cleared a significant hurdle Friday when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced they pose no significant environmental danger. The preliminary findings, to be published in the Federal Register, will be open for public comment for the next 30 days. But the initial federal review likely clears the way for a long-delayed field trial by British producer Oxitec in the tiny affluent neighborhood of Key Haven a mile east of Key West. Pitched as a safer, more affordable way of battling Oxitec’s modified male mosquitoes are engineered to produce offspring...
  • Was Zika outbreak caused by release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil?

    01/31/2016 5:46:50 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 58 replies ^ | January 31, 2016 | ELLE GRIFFITHS
    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 defects and a...
  • Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes to Fight Zika Virus

    01/30/2016 10:26:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | Jan 29, 2016 09:45 AM ET | Tracy Staedter
    Transmitted through the sting of an infected mosquito, the virus can cause a birth defect called microcephaly in newborn babies. The rare condition shrinks the brains of unborn babies and could affect as many as 4 million people before a vaccine is developed. But scientists at the biotech firm Oxitec, based in the U.K., have an alternative plan. They want to unleash armies of gene-hacked mosquitoes into Brazilian jungles to seek and destroy the disease-carrying insects. The genetically modified mosquitoes wouldn't fight the Zika carriers in probiscus-to-probiscus combat. In fact, these mosquitoes make love, not war. That's because the mosquitoes,...
  • West Nile Fogging Kills Hundreds of Bees in Palo Alto

    08/18/2015 10:14:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/18 | Michelle Roberts
    The negative side effects of pesticides sprayed during mosquito season to reduce the risk of West Nile virus appears to have made its way onto the Peninsula. A Palo Alto bee keeper said many of his bees died after spraying last month. Neighbor Upset About Noisy Preschool Puts 'Shut Up' Sign in Window Denise Bonilla from he Santa Clara County Vector Control said an extremely low dose of pesticides are used during fogging and are only sprayed when necessary. "We want to make sure we only fog the are where there is West Nile virus activity," Bonilla said. A mosquito...
  • Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys

    01/25/2015 9:42:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2015 11:36 AM EST | Jennifer Kay
    Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. […] Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130,000 signed a petition against the experiment. Even potential boosters say those responsible must do more to show that benefits outweigh the risks. […]...
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    09/01/2014 10:54:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 1, 2014, 9:17 AM | Kevin Loria
    In a TED 2014 talk earlier this year in Vancouver, microbial ecologist Rob Knight explained that the bacteria, or microbes, on skin produce different chemicals, some of which smell more attractive to mosquitoes. [....] But there's an equalizer for those that naturally draw swarms of mosquitoes. The same pests are attracted to beer drinkers.
  • 9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Mosquito Bite

    09/01/2006 5:44:24 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 41 replies · 2,064+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | September 1, 2006 | AP
    9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Mosquito Bite John Fontaine Got Eastern Equine EncephalitisPOSTED: 7:44 am EDT September 1, 2006 UPDATED: 8:12 am EDT September 1, 2006 BOSTON -- A 9-year-old Middleboro, Mass., boy died from Eastern equine encephalitis Thursday. He is the state's first EEE fatality this year. John Fontaine developed a fever on Aug. 18 and was hospitalized two days later. His two-week battle with EEE ended at Boston Children's Hospital Thursday morning. Middleborough was among the communities in southeastern Massachusetts that have undergone two rounds of aerial spraying to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus. The first round...
  • Deadly mosquito virus reported in eastern Mass.

    07/21/2014 12:46:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    wwlp ^ | Nick Bannin
    LONGMEADOW, Mass (WWLP) — While Saturday wasn’t too hot or humid, like most of our summer has been, 22News found that our recent weather conditions have contributed to the arrival of a potentially deadly disease in the Bay State. Mosquitoes: we’ve talked about them for months, and for the first time this year mosquitoes have infected someone in Massachusetts with eastern equine encephalitis, or triple E. The Massachusetts Department of Health just confirmed that a July 15th laboratory test in Plymouth County has tested positive for EEE, a dangerous virus that can cause inflammation of the brain and in one...
  • DDT Is Only Real Weapon to Combat Malaria

    10/28/2005 9:41:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 613+ views
    FOX News ^ | 10.27.05 | Steven Milloy
    During the few minutes you spend reading this column, malaria will kill six Africans and sicken about 3,000 more, mostly children and pregnant women -- a rate of more than one million deaths and 500 million illnesses annually among the 2.2 billion people who live in malarial regions like Africa. There’s legislation moving through the Senate right now intended to reduce this tragic toll.U.S. taxpayers spend about $200 million annually on malaria control efforts. Ironically, almost none of this money is spent to kill or repel the mosquitoes that spread disease. The money is instead spent on anti-malarial drugs and...
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    05/24/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2014 | Kevin Loria
    It's Memorial Day weekend, which means the time for barbecues and nights outside has begun. But, unfortunately, it's also the time that mosquitoes see as open season to dine on humans.If you can't spend a summer night outside without slapping your ankles — and you still end up with dozens of mosquito bites — then it might be true that the flying pests really do love you.And those lucky people who say they don't get bitten? They exist too.But it's not because one person's blood tastes better to the small hovering bloodsuckers — or at least, not just that. In...
  • Viral mosquito-borne disease lands in Broward County (Fla.)

    05/22/2014 4:38:17 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 26 replies ^ | May 16, 2014 | Emily Miller
    Broward is one of three Florida counties to have a confirmed case of a viral mosquito-borne disease called chikungunya fever. According to the Florida Department of Health, three women who recently traveled to the Caribbean, including a 29-year-old from Broward County, have been diagnosed with the disease, which is transmitted solely through mosquito bites and is not typically fatal. A 30-year-old woman in Miami-Dade County and a 44-year-old woman in Hillsborough County have also been diagnosed with the disease, which according to the department has made its way to the Caribbean from Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian Ocean...
  • Five Unexpected Benefits of the Cold

    01/29/2014 12:33:07 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 1-29-14 | Kristin Rodman
    With unrelenting cold bearing down on the nation, some may dread the dead of winter. However, the cold also brings with it some surprising benefits. 1. Reduced Number of Tree-Killing Bugs Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive inspect species is known to feed on the bark of trees as larvae, ultimately cutting of the trees water and nutrient supply and resulting in the death of the tree. However, low temperatures bring hope for ash trees, as lower temperatures are known to kill more of these insects, according to U.S. Forest Service Research Biologist Robert Venette. "Around minus 20 F, we typically...
  • DDT Ban Breeds Death - 1972 Insecticide Ban Causes a Million Deaths Per Year

    06/06/2013 7:13:32 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 June 2013 | Ed Hiserodt and Rebecca Terrell
    A 1972 insecticide ban on DDT literally causes the deaths of about a million people per year, though an extensive investigation by the U.S. EPA found that DDT is safe. DDT Ban Breeds Death The New American 06 June 2013 Worldwide more than 2,700 people will die today because of a bureaucratic regulation instituted during the Nixon administration in 1972. The same number died yesterday and will again tomorrow, in an ever-growing tally of victims of that catastrophic policy. The regulation imposed by Nixon’s newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned DDT, an insecticide that had until then saved...
  • 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...
  • Second person in Vermont dies of fatal brain infection spread by mosquitoes

    09/19/2012 9:13:28 PM PDT · by nicmarlo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2012 September 19 | AP
    A second Vermonter has died from the eastern equine encephalitis, a rare and potentially fatal brain infection spread by mosquitoes, Health Department officials confirmed on Tuesday. Scott Sgorbati, 49, of Sudbury, died within the last few days after fighting the virus for several weeks. Two weeks ago, Richard Hollis Breen, 87, of Brandon died of EEE, after being sick with the disease for five days. Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen on Tuesday offered condolences to the families of both men and reminded Vermonters that EEE is a very rare virus. On average there are only six cases a year...
  • Exclusive: Upper West Side Mosquito Mystery: Families Terrorized By Swarms Of Underground Insects...

    11/04/2011 7:25:46 AM PDT · by ETL · 55 replies
    CBS Local News - NYC ^ | November 3, 2011 | Dave Carlin
    Families Terrorized By Swarms Of Underground Insects That Invade Homes NEW YORK (CBS 2) — An insect invasion is terrorizing New York City homeowners, making life miserable, even dangerous, for many families. Parents have been forced to take extreme measures to protect their children and their homes. CBS 2’s Dave Carlin investigates the growing Upper West Side mosquito mystery: These rare mosquitoes are extra blood-thirsty and active year-round. Carlin saw some of them in a lab after they were collected in the unlikeliest of places, Bernard Lagan’s home on West 84th Street. “They trapped 150 mosquitoes in the basement in...
  • Mosquitoes 'disappearing' in some parts of Africa (scientists are unsure as to why)

    08/27/2011 1:08:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies ^ | 8/27/11 | BBC News
    Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are disappearing in some parts of Africa, but scientists are unsure as to why. Figures indicate controls such as anti-mosquito bed nets are having a significant impact on the incidence of malaria in some sub-Saharan countries. But in Malaria Journal, researchers say mosquitoes are also disappearing from areas with few controls. They are uncertain if mosquitoes are being eradicated or whether they will return with renewed vigour. Data from countries such as Tanzania, Eritrea, Rwanda, Kenya and Zambia all indicate that the incidence of malaria is dropping fast. Researchers believe this is due to effective implementation of control...
  • Malarial mosquitoes helped defeat British in battle that ended Revolutionary War

    10/19/2010 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Palter · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Oct 2010 | J.R. McNeill
    Major combat operations in the American Revolution ended 229 years ago on Oct. 19, at Yorktown. For that we can thank the fortitude of American forces under George Washington, the siegecraft of French troops of Gen. Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the count of Rochambeau - and the relentless bloodthirstiness of female Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes. Those tiny amazons conducted covert biological warfare against the British army.Female mosquitoes seek mammalian blood to provide the proteins they need to make eggs. No blood meal,no reproduction. It makes them bold and determined to bite. Some anopheles mosquitoes carry the malaria parasite, which they can...
  • N. Greece beset by jumbo mosquitoes

    04/14/2010 11:41:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 730+ views
    upi ^ | April 14, 2010
    ATHENS , Greece, April 14 (UPI) -- Ideal conditions in a flooded northeastern Greek province have led to an infestation of giant, hungry mosquitoes, regional officials said. After two months of heavy rainfall, the Evros River in the province of the same name has flooded hundreds of acres with standing water, the Kathimerini newspaper reported Wednesday.
  • Researchers Turn Mosquitoes Into Flying Vaccinators

    03/20/2010 9:54:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies · 245+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 3/18/10 | Martin Enserink
    Here's a study to file under "unworkable but very cool." A group of Japanese researchers has developed a mosquito that spreads vaccine instead of disease. Even the researchers admit, however, that regulatory and ethical problems will prevent the critters from ever taking wing—at least for the delivery of human vaccines. Scientists have dreamed up various ways to tinker with insects' DNA to fight disease. One option is to create strains of mosquitoes that are resistant to infections with parasites or viruses, or that are unable to pass the pathogens on to humans. These would somehow have to replace the natural,...
  • Mozzies will buzz off feral rabbits

    02/17/2010 7:22:44 PM PST · by myknowledge · 23 replies · 506+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 18, 2010 | Malcolm Holland
    THE mosquitoes set to boom in Sydney after the summer deluges will be put to use helping cull a suburban rabbit plague. Tens of thousands of rabbits have spread across northern Sydney, bouncing around Manly, Ku-ring-gai, Pittwater, Warringah, Ryde, Parramatta, The Hills, Hornsby and Lane Cove local government areas. The State Government's Cumberland Livestock Health and Pest Authority has been waiting for mosquito and fly numbers to increase so that the insects can spread the rabbit-killing calicivirus. Cumberland LHPA ranger and rabbit project leader Steve Parker said the authority had been catching rabbits to test that they were not immune...
  • '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 Harmonize to Find a Mate

    01/01/2010 1:44:31 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 732+ views
    livescience ^ | 31 December 2009
    The annoying buzz of a mosquito means a lot more to the bugs than you might imagine. Mosquitoes rely on harmonizing the "songs" produced by their wing beats to find an appropriate mate — most importantly one of the same species and, of course, the opposite sex. "Everyone must be familiar with the maddening whine a mosquito makes as it hones in for a bite," said Gabriella Gibson of the University of Greenwich at Medway. "Many of us have wondered why it makes its presence so obvious — surely, after all of these centuries of blood-feeding, selection should have favored...
  • Fish used in mosquito blitz

    08/24/2009 5:14:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 406+ views ^ | 08.03.09 | JAMES M. O'NEILL & SCOTT FALLON
    Backyard swimming pools in foreclosed homes have become popular breeding grounds for mosquitoes in North Jersey — and officials are fighting back with fish. Bergen County Mosquito Control workers have dumped some 30,000 fish in abandoned, stagnant pools of foreclosed homes and other spots to control an explosion of mosquitoes without pesticides. The fish, called gambusia affins, or simply, mosquitofish, are no staple on restaurant menus. But they favor mosquito larvae and pupae. "They eat the mosquito larvae up like piranhas," said Peter Rendine, the county mosquito control program's chief inspector, who has gone several times this summer to a...
  • Are You a Mosquito Magnet?

    08/01/2009 10:48:41 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies · 1,938+ views
    CBSNews ^ | July 31, 2009 | Elizabeth Heubeck
    (CBS) You’re trying your best to enjoy an evening cookout, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you from grill to poolside. The threat? A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice that others seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over others? The short answer is yes. Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences, say the experts. "One in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes," reports Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida....
  • 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,...
  • Should Bill Gates be prosecuted?

    02/05/2009 3:48:50 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 34 replies · 919+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 5, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Should Bill Gates be prosecuted?Bill Gates released a swarm of potentially deadly mosquitoes at a technology conference and yelled, 'There's no reason only poor people should get malaria'. What an idiot. While it is unlikely these mosquitoes were malaria carriers, there are a host of other potentially fatal diseases that mosquitoes carry. Among these diseases are various forms of encephalitis and West Nile virus that are common among North American Mosquitoes. My granddaughter got La Crosse encephalitis from mosquitoes a few years ago. She spent several very scary days in pediatric intensive care. Anyone who would deliberately release these potentially...
  • Dengue fever surges in Latin America

    09/29/2007 5:56:18 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 144+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Sept. 29, 2007 | MICHAEL MELIA
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Dengue fever is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the worst outbreaks in decades, causing agonizing joint pain for hundreds of thousands of people and killing nearly 200 so far this year. The mosquitoes that carry dengue are thriving in expanded urban slums scattered with water-collecting trash and old tires. Experts say dengue is approaching record levels this year as many countries enter their wettest months. "If we do not slow it down, it will intensify and take a greater social and economic toll on these countries," said Dr. Jose Luis...
  • 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...
  • Little-Known Virus Challenges a Far-Flung Health System

    07/04/2007 10:00:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 481+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 3, 2007 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    A little-known virus is causing a big fuss in Micronesia, the Pacific island nation partly managed by the United States. The Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, produces an itchy rash, pinkeye, joint pain and fever. Since its discovery 60 years ago in an ill monkey in the Zika forest in Uganda, it has caused rare cases and outbreaks in Africa and Southeast Asia. There is no specific treatment or vaccine. Now Zika has made its first appearance in Micronesia, on the island of Yap, where health officials say there have been at least 42 confirmed cases and 65 probable ones....
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 05-24-2006

    05/24/2006 6:24:08 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 232+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-24-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. I first saw this in Chemical & Engineering News, lo! these many years ago (maybe 1984 time frame?), and claim no credit except for remembering it. A mosquito was heard to complain, "I fear they have addled my brain!" "The cause of my sorrow is para-dicholoro- diphenyl-trichloroethane!"
  • 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...
  • Beating Malaria Means Understanding Mosquitoes

    12/14/2005 10:43:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,024+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 13, 2005 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    In Africa, 20 percent of the children get 80 percent of the bites from malarial mosquitoes, and an understanding of this could be central to controlling the deadly disease. Researchers have developed a mathematical model that describes the complex relationship between the proportion of people who are infected with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, and the rate at which people are bitten by the mosquitoes that carry it. Some people are bitten more than others because they live where mosquitoes are more common or because the mosquitoes, for various reasons, find them more attractive. Those who are bitten...

    10/13/2005 6:47:37 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 3 replies · 201+ views
    Sky ^ | October 13, 2005 | STAFF
      No glowing testicles here... GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! Scientists in London have created a mosquito with glowing testicles in a bid to stamp out malaria.The male mosquitoes are genetically modified to make them infertile so when they mate with females, no more mosquitoes are produced. The mosquitoes' sperm has been made fluorescent green so they can be easily identified from females.This makes the mosquitoes' testicles glow under ultraviolet light, enabling scientists to separate the two sexes.The males are then sterilised and released into the wild, causing a crash in the local mosquito population within weeks.The team of researchers from...
  • 'Caveman' Conditions in Texas Follow Rita

    09/27/2005 4:41:12 PM PDT · by anymouse · 32 replies · 1,150+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/27/05 | ABE LEVY
    PORT ARTHUR, Texas - Nearly four days after Hurricane Rita hit, many of the storm's sweltering victims along the Texas Gulf Coast were still waiting for electricity, gasoline, water and other relief Tuesday, prompting one top emergency official to complain that people are "living like cavemen." In the hard-hit refinery towns of Port Arthur and Beaumont, crews struggled to cross debris-clogged streets to deliver generators and water to people stranded by Rita. They predicted it could be a month before power is restored, and said water and sewer systems could not function until more generators arrived. Red tape was also...
  • Reserve conducts aerial spray mission over Louisiana

    09/13/2005 4:46:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 363+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | sep 13, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Jennifer Gregoire
    DUKE FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- The Air Force Reserve continues to save lives in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath by conducting the first of many aerial spray missions that began Sept. 12 over Louisiana in an attempt to reduce mosquito and filth fly populations. The Department of Defense’s only fixed-wing aerial spray unit, the 910th Airlift Wing, and its C-130 Hercules were requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to spray until the threat of disease subsides. FEMA officials are assessing how many acres need to be sprayed as a result of Katrina. “The...
  • Transcript: Pathologist Michael Baden w/Van Susteren (NOLA - Disease / Evacuations)

    09/10/2005 10:50:09 AM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 65 replies · 1,188+ views
    FoxNews - Transcribed by DoughtyOne | 09/09/2005 | Baden / Van Susteren
    FoxNews - on the Record w/Greta Van SusterenSeptember 9th, 2005 Transcript of an interview with Michael Baden, renowned Forensic Pathologist. Van Susteren / BadenOfficials say the grim job of collecting and identifying the dead could take months.  Are the dead bodies dangerous to those now collecting them?  And how do you give the person dignity in death under these circumstances?  And what about disease or even mosquitoes?  Joining us live in New York is Forensic Pathologist Doctor Michael Baden.Hi Gretta.  Doc...Good evening Doctor Baden.Doctor Baden, earlier in the show Trace Gallager my colleague talked about the mosquitoes that have now descended upon New Orleans once...
  • A common-sense opinion on DDT (believe it or not)

    06/06/2005 11:49:19 AM PDT · by cogitator · 35 replies · 1,146+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 06/05/2005 | May Berenbaum
    "Banned in the United States more than 30 years ago, it remains America's best known toxic substance. Like some sort of rap star, it's known just by its initials; it's the Notorious B.I.G. of pesticides. Now DDT is making headlines again. Many African governments are calling for access to the pesticide, believing that it's their best hope against malaria, a disease that infects more than 300 million people worldwide a year and kills at least 3 million, a large proportion of them children." . . . "What people aren't remembering about the history of DDT is that, in many places,...
  • CDC gave Saddam West Nile samples: Did Iraqis weaponize mutated form of virus?

    08/09/2004 3:34:51 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 749+ views ^ | Monday, August 9, 2004
    While health officials reported this week West Nile virus has sickened 108 people in 10 states this summer, they continue to withhold opinions on how, where and why the mosquito-born disease originated. Maybe, say some U.S. intelligence sources of Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, that's because they know. The Centers for Disease Control gave samples of West Nile virus – among other deadly biological agents – to Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the 1980s. Some national security sources – as well as health professionals – believe Saddam Hussein weaponized those samples and sent them back to the United States, via his ally...
  • Flick, don't smush, skeeters Research links woman's death to squished bug

    07/19/2004 12:06:48 PM PDT · by paltz · 14 replies · 988+ views ^ | 7/19/04 |
    TOLEDO, Ohio - Flicking away pesky mosquitoes may be better than swatting the bloodsucking insects, researchers say. The issue is reviewed in an article published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine that focuses on a 57-year-old Pennsylvania woman who died in 2002 of a fungal infection in her muscles called Brachiola algerae. Doctors were puzzled because the fungus was thought to be found only in mosquitoes and other insects. But it's not found in mosquito saliva, so a simple mosquito bite could not have caused the infection. The article's authors concluded that the woman must have smashed...
  • No Skeeters, No Problem? Not So Fast [Death Cult Addy]

    06/23/2004 11:33:29 AM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 23 replies · 281+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2004 | JAMES GORMAN
    Elizabeth Willott is the kind of professor who gives the ivory tower a good name. [this portentiously reveals the Left's approval of the deathists' views I am highlighting -- Av] She is an entomologist and environmental ethicist the University of Arizona [IIRC, Peter Singer at Princeton, is a bioethicist], and I called her to ask a simple question: What good are mosquitoes? Dr. Willott seemed like a good person to call because she has spent some time thinking about these issues. She has an article in the current issue of Restoration Ecology titled "Restoring Nature, Without Mosquitoes?" In it she...
  • U.S. officials warn of new mosquito disease

    06/23/2004 10:47:00 AM PDT · by eyespysomething · 34 replies · 286+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 6-23-04 | Associated Press
    U.S. officials warn of new mosquito disease Associated Press Atlanta — As if West Nile virus were not bad enough, U.S. health officials are now on the lookout for another mosquito-borne disease, fearing it could become a permanent part of the U.S. landscape if it entered the country. Rift Valley fever, which originated in Africa, is the only disease at the top of both human health and agriculture lists of dangerous diseases. The virus can kill people, with a near 1-per-cent mortality rate, making it deadlier than West Nile. Rift Valley also poses a greater threat to cattle and sheep....
  • 160,000 Said Dying Yearly from Global Warming

    09/30/2003 3:17:12 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 72 replies · 579+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue, Sep 30, 2003 | Alister Doyle
    About 160,000 people die every year from side-effects of global warming (news - web sites) ranging from malaria to malnutrition and the numbers could almost double by 2020, a group of scientists said on Tuesday. The study, by scientists at the World Health Organization (news - web sites) (WHO) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said children in developing nations seemed most vulnerable. "We estimate that climate change may already be causing in the region of 160,000 deaths...a year," Professor Andrew Haines of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told a climate change conference in...
  • Malaria Curfew for Palm Beach County?

    08/28/2003 5:56:11 AM PDT · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 19 replies · 408+ views ^ | Thursday, August 28, 2003 | Antigone Barton
    Thursday, August 28 Curfew possible to combat malaria By Antigone Barton, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Thursday, August 28, 2003 Despite a record seven locally transmitted malaria cases and a looming threat of a West Nile virus outbreak, Palm Beach County health director Dr. Jean Malecki said Wednesday she still hopes to avoid a curfew. "I'm hoping people will take responsibility for themselves without our having to turn their lives upside down," she said. But, she said, she learned as a Girl Scout leader, "Always be prepared." What experts are calling the most significant malaria outbreak in Florida since the...
  • More cases of Malaria, West Nile found in South Florida

    08/23/2003 8:29:41 PM PDT · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 13 replies · 373+ views
    The Sun-Sentinel ^ | Posted August 23 2003, 4:56 PM EDT
    More cases of Malaria, West Nile found in South Florida Sun-Sentinel Posted August 23 2003, 4:56 PM EDT FORT LAUDERDALE -- Health officials have confirmed a third case of West Nile virus this year in Broward County and a fourth case of malaria in Palm Beach County. A 51-year-old woman was confirmed Friday to be infected with West Nile. She was hospitalized with serious symptoms, including partial paralysis, but was recovering, Broward health officials said. The woman, whose name and residence were not released, contracted the mosquito-borne disease in the first week of August, officials said. The health department said...
  • Noise From Phone Can Chase Mosquitoes

    07/10/2003 12:01:42 PM PDT · by bedolido · 7 replies · 232+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/10/03 | Associated Press
    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's largest mobile phone operator said Thursday that it will offer cell phone users a new noise service that it says will repel mosquitoes. SK Telecom Co. said subscribers can pay 3,000 won (US$2.50) to download a sound wave that is inaudible to human ears but annoys mosquitoes within a range of three feet. Customers can then play the sound by hitting a few buttons on their mobile phones.