Factbox - Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. 

Mosquito menace: Now, 'harmless' vectors infest Delhi!

Culex is a vector for a group of diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

Zika virus linked to birth defects may spread across US

 The Zika virus, spread by a day-biting mosquito and possibly linked to serious birth defects in Brazil, has the potential to spread within the Americas, including parts of the US, researchers have warned.

Chikungunya virus may cause brain infection

 Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus, can lead to severe brain infection and even death in infants and people over 65, a study says.

Less effective drugs fight malaria more effectively

The fight against malaria can be hard, but a team of researchers has found that the more effective way to beat the disease is to use less effective drugs some of the time.

Malaria protein could help treat cancer

 The mosquito-borne parasite that causes malaria also produces a protein that could help stop cancer, new research has found.

World's first malaria vaccine approved by EU regulators

The world`s first malaria vaccine got a green light on Friday from European drugs regulators who recommended it should be licensed for use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.

2 dead from dengue fever in American Samoa

Two people in American Samoa have died from dengue fever and two others have been diagnosed with the disease in the US territory.

Caribbean health authorities sound alert about Zika virus

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) has said that authorities in the region should be alert to the possible spread of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the same mosquito that carries dengue fever and chikungunya.

How malaria-spreading mosquitoes can sense you're at home ready to bite

A new study has revealed that malaria-spreading mosquitoes require minute changes in concentrations of exhaled carbon dioxide to know whether you are at home or not, which then triggers them to land on human skin.

Insecticide-resistant 'super mosquito' discovered

A newly discovered 'super mosquito' has the ability to survive the insecticides used to treat bed nets which are key to preventing the spread of malaria in humans, scientists say.

Anti-malaria drug combo boon for children

A drug combination of artemisinin-naphthoquine should be considered for the treatment of children with malaria, suggests a study.

How mosquitoes transmit malaria in genes revealed

A new study has revealed that mosquito species, Anopheles genus, the sole carriers of human malaria, transmit the disease in genes.

Just bed nets enough for protection against malaria

There is no need to spray insecticide on walls for malaria control when people sleep under treated bed nets, says a new research.

New anti-malaria compound causes mosquito parasite's gut to explode

New anti-malaria compound causes mosquito parasite's gut to explode

The scientists have recently found a new anti-malaria compound that causes mosquito parasite's gut to swell up and explode.

World’s first dengue vaccine likely by 2015: Sanofi

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: Very soon, vaccine against the mosquito-borne viral disease will be accessible to the world. Pharma major Sanofi has announced that the world’s first vaccine against dengue may be available by the second half of 2015.

Popular mosquito catcher in Japan uses human odour as bait

Popular mosquito catcher in Japan uses human odour as bait

A novel mosquito trap that lures its prey using human scent and other smells favoured by the critter is creating a buzz as Japan frets about the spread of dengue fever.

Dengue claims its first victim in Delhi this season

An eight-year-old boy has become the first victim of dengue in the national capital this year after he succumbed to the mosquito-borne infection.

Dengue cases soar to 1,547 in Odisha

Nearly 1,547 people in Odisha have been infected with the mosquito-borne dengue this year, and 60 more cases have been reported in the state in last two days, an official said here Tuesday.

Google Earth Engine to soon predict malaria on maps

University of California, San Francisco is currently working to create an online platform that health workers around the world can use to predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted using data on Google Earth Engine.