The largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago has recorded nearly 250 cases of dengue fever since the start of September, prompting officials to declare a localized state of emergency.
A third of the world’s population is at risk of contracting Dengue Fever, a miserable virus that’s a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics. Now, for the first time ever, three countries have approved a promising new vaccine.
An international team of scientists have isolated a gene within the Aedes aegypti mosquito that partially transforms females into males. Since only females spread diseases by feasting on human blood, the discovery could lead to powerful population control strategies.
The U.S. Food and Drug administration is considering a plan in which millions of genetically modified mosquitoes would be set loose in the Florida Keys as a way to combat the spread of tropical diseases.
Mosquitos suck. It's not just because of those itchy red bites we all get in the summer, either. Mosquitos suck because they're the deadliest animals on the planet, and none of our classic strategies from combatting the threat seem to be working. That's why we're turning the mosquitos against themselves.
Dengue fever. It causes pain, nausea, and can be deadly. Worst of all, there's no known cure or vaccine. Which is why 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes are being deployed in Malaysia to kill of dengue at the root.