Dengue can be spread back to mosquitoes

 Dengue virus infects 390 million people worldwide each year through the bite of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus.  

Dengue fever cases over 26,600 in Taiwan

 Taiwan has reported another 307 cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections since the outbreak in May to 26,660, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said on Friday.

Bill Gates and UN say malaria could be eradicated by 2040

Malaria could be wiped out by 2040, despite the lack of an effective vaccine, previous failed attempts to eradicate the disease and drug resistance problems, the United Nations and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a report released today.

Infectious diseases caused by mosquitoes

Many people fall victims to diseases caused by mosquitoes and many experience pain and suffering from illnesses transmitted by them.

Over 3,400 students test positive for malaria in Odisha

As many as 3,434 students of government-run residential schools in Kandhamal district of Odisha have tested positive for malaria.

Cultivate sweetgrass to keep mosquitoes away

A team of US researchers has identified compounds in traditional sweetgrass that keep mosquitoes at bay. A meadow grass, sweetgrass gives off a sweet aroma that repels the insects.

No pesticide spraying while flyers are on board: NGT

Heeding to the plea of a United States-based neurologist, the National Green Tribunal Monday directed the Centre to ensure that no disinfectant fumigation is carried out in aircraft while passengers are onboard.

Mosquitoes use trio of senses to track humans

Mosquitoes track down their human targets by making use of a multi-sensory strategy that involves odours, visual cues and body heat to draw them closer to their prey, a new study has found.

How mosquitoes sniff out ''tasty'' humans before biting
How mosquitoes sniff out ''tasty'' humans before biting

Whatever bug repellents, scents or candles you may try to avoid mosquito bites, you just cannot avoid them as mosquitoes have evolved a triple threat of visual, olfactory and thermal cues to bite us, biologists have discovered.

Scientists track genetic race between humans and mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are likely to evolve resistance against insecticides or unfavourable climate conditions typical in their local environment, according to a new study.

Encephalitis toll rises to 15 in Bihar

With the death of two more children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district on Wednesday, the toll has risen to 15 in Bihar, an official said.

Fatal disease malaria can now be controlled with housing improvements

 Scientists have claimed that housing improvements in certain settings can help eradicate malaria.

How to tackle dengue? Nix mosquito females!

Only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood for developing eggs, and researchers believe that a higher ratio of males could reduce disease transmission.

'Gender-switching' gene in mosquitoes can help fight dengue fever

A team of scientists has found a way to turn disease-spreading female mosquito embryos into males at a genetic level that can lead to powerful population control strategies.

New mosquito-targeting insecticide offers hope of 'malaria-free' future

Researchers have come up with a new antibody insecticide that targets malaria mosquitoes.

New device confirms chikungunya in an hour

With a new assay developed in the US, health workers now have a quick way to detect whether or not a sample of mosquitoes harbours the virus that causes chikungunya (CHIKV) within an hour.

Viagra may prevent malaria transmission

 The anti-impotence drug Viagra helps eliminate malaria from the blood circulation which may reduce transmission of the deadly parasite from humans to mosquitoes, a new study has found.

World Malaria Day 2015: Join the fight to defeat malaria

Irengbam Jenny

Malaria is a mosquito borne infectious and communicable disease caused by parasitic protozoa, which is transmitted via the bites of infected mosquitoes. Around 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of this life-threatening disease.

New brighter light bulbs attract less insects

Researchers are developing new kind of light bulbs that are less attractive to specific insect species, including disease-spreading mosquitoes.