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A new study of infection patterns during a 2012 chikungunya outbreak in Bangladesh indicates that women there may be especially vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases because they spend most of the day at home. The study, led by Henrik Salje of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, surveyed 1,933 people from 460 households in one village and uncovered unexpected clusters of chikungunya.
Researchers theorize that clusters result because mosquitoes are unwilling to travel far, instead biting several people in the same home.
The findings could inspire new interventions not only for chikungunya, but also other mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika and dengue, the researchers say.
Source: Science Daily

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