The Washington Post looks at the history and future of disease-carrying mosquitoes, “the most deadly non-human animal on the planet.” The newspaper describes several mosquito-control methods, and poses the question, “If scientists could find a way to wipe out all mosquitoes â€“ recent studies have shown that it may be possible to chemically sterilize males and dupe the females into mating with them â€“ would that be a good idea?” (Palmer, 8/15).
The New Scientist reports on a software program that is being used “to identify a high correlation between the time and place where people tweet they have dengue and the official statistics for where the disease appears each season.”
NPR’s All Things Considered on Tuesday examined the efforts of the British company Oxitec to develop a genetically modified mosquito meant to wipe out wild populations of the insects, which carry potentially lethal diseases such as dengue.
An inexpensive, non-invasive cheek swab saliva test for dengue has been developed by researchers in Singapore and is undergoing multi-center evaluation, SciDev.Net reports.
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday as part of an event marking ASEAN Dengue Day signed a new action plan aimed at fighting dengue in the region, the Jakarta Post reports.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the launch of Dengue Day on Wednesday called on all sectors of society to unite in the battle against the disease, which has developed into a formidable threat to health in Asia, a press statement said,” Xinhua reports.
A vaccine against the mosquito-borne infection dengue, the first to reach the final stage of clinical testing, “has seen ‘very promising’ results in Thailand, a specialist involved in the tests said on Friday,” Reuters reports (Petty/Mahlich, 6/10).
“Google has launched Dengue Trends, a tool that aims to detect dengue fever outbreaks around the world using the same methodology behind Google Flu Trends,” PC Magazine reports (Yin, 5/31).
France’s Sanofi-Pasteur, the world’s largest vaccine maker, said Friday it hopes to introduce a dengue vaccine in 2014 to some high-risk nations, AlertNet reports.
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Number Of Dengue Cases More Than Doubles In Britain The number of reported cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne illness, has more than doubled in the past year in Great Britain, with the majority linked to travel to India, the country’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The…