NEW YORK, July 18: Scientists say they nearly eliminated disease-carrying mosquitoes on two islands in China using a new technique. The downside: It may not be practical for larger areas and may cost a lot of money.
On May 24, a 29-years old lady visited Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) for medical and laboratory tests after she was diagnosed of dengue in Dharan. STIDH’s test confirmed dengue. She had developed high fever, nausea, severe joint pain, rash, body ache but there was no history of pain behind the eyes. She said that several others in her town had showed similar symptoms. This was the first observation of beginning of dengue outbreak in Dharan.
June 1: A genetically modified fungus wiped out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in a month and a half, in trials in West Africa which have come closer than ever before to study the potential impact of releasing an engineered organism in the wild.
Feb 8: Researchers have found a way to reduce the blood thirst of mosquitoes and prevent mosquito bites and spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, dengue fever, malaria, and chikungunya. The results of their findings in a study titled, “Small-Molecule Agonists of Ae. aegypti Neuropeptide Y Receptor Block Mosquito Biting,” have been reported in the latest issue of the journal Cell.
Mosquito larvae that grow up in water contaminated with plastic accumulate the litter in their bodies – and some of it remains there even after the larvae emerge as adult flies. The mosquitoes may exacerbate the problem of plastic contamination when they are eaten by animals living on land.