Researchers endowied a line of mosquitoes with an antibody against the dengue virus, for the first time making insects that appear unable to spread any form of the disease.
Indonesia saw a 76% drop in dengue infections in the part of Indonesia where the mosquitoes were released. In Brazil, treated neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro saw rates of dengue infections fall by 70%, and infections with chikungunya was 75% lower. North Queensland, Australia, hasn’t had a dengue in five years, and there has been a 96% reduction in locally acquired dengue infections.
With 7 out of the 17 regions in the Philippines exceeding the epidemic threshold of dengue for the past three weeks, the Department of Health is conducting a robust campaign to destroy mosquito breeding sites across the affected areas.
Researchers in China have utilized a two-pronged approach to reduce the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) population by 94 percent in two islands in the city of Guangzhou.
Research demonstrated that a naturally occurring fungus engineered to deliver a toxin to mosquitoes safely reduced mosquito populations by more than 99 percent in a simulated village setting in Burkina Faso.
New research by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found that rainwater tanks could provide year-long protection for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Australia's sub-tropical north.
Brazilian health authorities report that the use of the bacterium, Wolbachia, which has already been used in Rio de Janeiro, will be taken to the cities of Campo Grande, Petrolina and Belo Horizonte.
Mosquitoes that landed on surfaces coated with the antimalarial compound atovaquone were completely blocked from developing Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum), the parasite that causes malaria, according to new research.
As several Zika virus vaccine candidates undergo clinical trials, a group of investigators is taking an alternate approach to quell transmission by genetically engineering mosquitoes to be resistant to the virus.
Study uses gene-editing tool to disrupt serotonin receptor linked to egg production in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.