Florida Keys use nature to turn mosquitoes against each other

The Florida Keys are the setting for an experiment to pit mosquitoes against one another in the hopes that they kill each other and leave us humans with fewer instances of mosquito-borne disease. While the southern United States’ rainy season is approaching and the area is bracing for mosquito-season, and the subsequent increase in cases of […]

NTDs: Lymphatic filariasis – mosquitoes plus parasites equal elephantiasis

This post is the 11th in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Lymphatic filariasis (LF), also known as elephantiasis, is another one […]

Genetically modified mosquitoes

In case you haven’t heard, mosquitoes can carry some pretty nasty diseases, like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, west nile, yellow fever, etc. And you’re probably aware that we don’t have the greatest ways of fighting these mosquitoes to prevent these diseases, as evidenced by the continued presence or increasing presence of these diseases. But new research is […]

Google is tracking influenza outbreaks, and it’s actually pretty cool

In this interconnected world, companies are finding out that you can reliably track the spread of infectious diseases by what search terms people are using. One really cool example of this is Google Flu Trends whereby Google uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current influenza activity around the world in near real-time. Google’s Flu Trends is […]

Scary emerging viruses from around the world

With all this talk about Ebola for the last few months, and conceivably the next 6 months at least, I wanted to touch on other scary emerging viruses and why this Ebola epidemic is potentially the start of a new age of emerging infectious disease outbreaks. The authors of a recent Science Translational Medicine article state […]

Mosquito-borne illnesses

While the world focuses on Ebola, and rightfully so for many reasons, we must not forget about the other infectious diseases that are claiming lives everyday but may not be getting as much media coverage here in the US. The focus of this post is about some of the mosquito-borne illnesses that plague people around […]