Monday, May 29, 2017

Aedes aegypti

In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus. The Houston Chronicle reports that Harris County, Texas, officials are negotiating ...
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil.

BY RAPHAEL SATTER LONDON (AP) — Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading Zika virus and other dangerous diseases. British and American governments are teaming up ...
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil.

BY MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people are trying to avoid Florida mosquitoes, blamed for dozens of cases of the Zika virus. But Republican Rep. David Jolly decided to make a point Wednesday by bringing a container of ...
This July 9, 2016 photo provided by Spectrum Brands shows advertising signs for Cutter insect repellent during an international friendly game between the U.S. and South African women's national soccer teams at Soldier Field in Chicago. In June, Cutter signed on to sponsor the U.S. Soccer and the men’s and women’s national team

BY LINDA A. JOHNSON TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Worried you might catch the Zika virus? Scammers and bug spray companies are counting on it. Marketers know this is the time to pounce: The summer Olympics are about to start in ...

BY NOMAAN MERCHANT HOUSTON (AP) — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika. Broken window screens. Limited air conditioning. Trash piles that seem to re-appear even ...
In this photo taken Thursday, May 12, 2016, Steve Noe, Martin County mosquito specialist, explains the use of the Mosquito Magnetic Pro, a machine used for luring and trapping mosquitoes, outside a home, in Rio, Fla.

BY JENNIFER KAY RIO, Fla. (AP) — A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid’s riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt ...
In this Jan. 18, 2016 file photo, a researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

BY JENNIFER KAY MIAMI (AP) — The spread of the Zika virus in Latin America is giving a boost to a British biotech firm’s proposal to deploy a genetically modified mosquito to try to stop transmission of the disease. Oxitec ...
Caio Julio Vasconcelos who was born with microcephaly is kissed by a therapist at the Institute for the Blind in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

BY PETER PRENGAMAN BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Google said Thursday that a half dozen of its engineers are working to help Brazil track the Zika virus and the mosquito that spreads it by doing one of the things the ...
In this Feb. 17, 2016 photo, organic farmer Steve Mann wears mosquito netting while surveying the grounds on his Old Ways Farm in Captain Cook, Hawaii

BY CATHY BUSSEWITZ HONOLULU (AP) — On a farm in the heart of Hawaii’s ongoing dengue outbreak, coffee grows wild among the ferns, and vanilla vines climb guava trees. It’s hard to know where nature ends and the farm begins, ...
Joe Conlon, technical adviser for the American Mosquito Control Association, discusses challenges associated with fighting the mosquito that carry the Zika virus during the association's annual conference in Savannah, Georgia, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

BY RUSS BYNUM SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Mosquito-control workers are asking automotive retailers to get rid of old tires in the Florida Panhandle, lining up laboratories to test the insects for the Zika virus in New Orleans, and preparing to ...
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