Tag: Mosquitoes

A Nazi Version of DDT Was Forgotten. Could It Help Fight Malaria?

What if, after the Allies won World War II, world health officials had employed a Nazi version of DDT against mosquitoes that transmit malaria? Could that persistent disease, which still infects more than 200 million people a year and kills 400,000 of them, have been wiped off the planet? That is one of the musings […]

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Michigan Warns Residents About Mosquito-Borne Illness After a Death

Health authorities in Michigan have warned residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites that can transmit a virus that has recently sickened three people in the state, one of them fatally. A statement from Kalamazoo County’s Health and Community Services on Sept. 6 said that two people had been sickened by the virus that causes […]

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In Cuba, a ‘Hidden’ Zika Outbreak

A previously unknown outbreak of the Zika virus swept across Cuba in 2017, a year after the global health emergency was declared over, scientists reported on Thursday. Until now, the Pan American Health Organization had no record of any Zika infection in Cuba in 2017, much less an outbreak. Following inquires by The New York […]

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Catch a Buzz With Two New Books About Bugs

BUZZ, STING, BITE Why We Need Insects By Anne Sverdrup-ThygesonTranslated by Lucy Moffatt THE MOSQUITO A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator By Timothy C. Winegard If you happen to hit the beach at any point this summer, here’s a little thought experiment. Scoop up some sand and try to count the grains. Then look […]

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus and Travel

In 2016, when the Zika virus first made headlines, people canceled vacations to Latin America and the Caribbean as the mosquito-borne virus spread through the region and into Texas and Florida. While the illness caused by Zika is mild, it can cause severe birth defects when pregnant women are exposed to it. But almost as […]

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The Zika Virus Is Still a Threat. Here’s What Experts Know.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Remember Zika? With measles and Ebola grabbing headlines, it is easy to forget the health panic of 2016, when Zika was linked to severe birth defects in thousands of Brazilian newborns whose mothers were infected while pregnant, striking fear across the country and much of the Americas. As health officials struggled […]

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