Great news for Skrillex fans: Dubstep music is a real buzzkill when it comes to the survival behaviors of mosquitoes.

Why is the malaria vaccine so elusive? Because the immune response required to shield someone against the parasite must be sky high.   A novel effort to achieve a mass-produced vaccine involves a rather antique method: beheading. The mozzie massacre has a purpose:…

As mosquitoes become increasingly resistant to existing control methods, “mosquito birth control” could be the future for controlling their numbers—and the deadly diseases they spread.

In the continued fight against mosquito-borne diseases, tech companies like Microsoft and Verily are partnering with US public health officials to test new technology. Experts believe these companies bring promising innovations. “It’s exciting when technology companies…

The primary mosquito vector of the Zika virus may also transmit chikungunya and dengue in a single bite, says a new Colorado State University study.  

In the quest for a Zika virus vaccine, the NIH launched the first of 5 clinical trials to test the experimental Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) candidate.   ZPIV, based on the same technology used for a Japanese encephalitis vaccine in 2009, contains inactivated Zika…

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…

Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is on track to become a thing of the past in Pacific Island countries, according to the WHO.   The organization announced in October that the Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu had eliminated the mosquito-borne illness, which…

New Delhi, India’s capital of 16 million people, is ravaged every year by either dengue or chikungunya. This year, it’s the latter. Already, 3,251 cases have been reported compared to last year’s 64. Estimates are likely conservative because poorer citizens tend not to seek…

Florida researchers studying Haiti’s chikungynya outbreak identified a mosquito-borne virus called Mayaro in that Caribbean country, where it had never been observed before.   The strain is different from those previously seen in the Amazon, where most cases of Mayaro have…