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Scientists discover how mosquitoes detect human sweat

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:59 PM

The findings could offer a roadmap for a new generation of attractants that lure adult specimens into traps for population control

Microplastics are getting into mosquitoes and contaminating new food chains

Sep 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

By studying mosquitoes, we have found a previously unknown way for plastic to pollute the environment and contaminate the food chain

CARRIER. Mosquitoes carry microplastics too. khlungcenter/Shutterstock

How the new mozzie emoji can create buzz to battle mosquito-borne disease

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Set to land in mid 2018, the new mosquito emoji will give people a new way to talk about mozzies

View of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacterium at the Oswaldo Cruz foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 2, 2014. Christophe Simon/AFP

Makati students, LGU employees to get free Japanese encephalitis vaccines

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Vaccines will be administered to local government employees until end-December 2017, and to public school students, Kinder to Grade 6, starting January 2018

PREVENTION. Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday, November 27, 2017, gets the first shot of the 60,000 free Japanese encephalitis vaccines the city government will provide to public grade school students and local government employees. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

DOH warns vs mosquito bites after 9 deaths from Japanese encephalitis

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the figure is 44 lower than the same period last year

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES. The DOH issues a warning against mosquito-borne diseases. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: A Cluster of Phobias

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Health officials declare Chikungunya outbreak in Maasin City

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:50 PM

To date about 300 cases have been reported in the Southern Leyte city

Chikungunya outbreak declared in Cavite town

Oct 01, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Over 400 suspected cases of the mosquito borne disease have been reported in the town of Indang since January 1

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly – ministry

Sep 30, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The World Health Organization has earlier said any confirmed cases in Thailand would be the first identified in Southeast Asia

FIGHTING ZIKA. A municipal worker fumigates a residential area against the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a preventive measure against the spread of the dengue fever in Bangkok on February 5, 2016. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Record yellow fever vaccination campaign in DR Congo – WHO

Sep 03, 2016 - 4:45 PM

A total of 7 7 million people in the Congolese capital are vaccinated in less than two weeks

A man gets a yellow fever vaccine during a ceremony launching a response campaign against yellow fever in the district of Kisenso, Kinshasa, on July 20, 2016.  Last month of June the Health Ministry of D.R. Congo declared a yellow fever epidemic in three provinces of the country, being a major concern the border areas and the populated city of Kinshasa. Kisenso is one of the health zones of Kinshasa and considered an area of suspected and confirmed cases of yellow fever. / AFP PHOTO / Eduardo Soteras

Mosquitoes can spread Zika to their eggs – study

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:15 AM

This vertical transmission from female mosquito to her eggs may help the virus survive even when conditions are poor

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

DOH: 372 deaths due to dengue since January

Aug 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

The Philippines is one of 4 countries in the Western Pacific which reported the highest dengue incidence in recent years Dengue fever is potentially fatal and mainly affects children

DOH identifies 80 barangays as dengue 'hot zones'

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED These barangays located in 11 regions have reported 3 or more dengue cases for the past 4 consecutive weeks

File photo of Barangay San Matias, Santa Rita, Pampanga from Wikimedia Commons

US finds GMO mosquitoes won't harm environment

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Male mosquitoes are engineered in an approach that Oxitec says can reduce the populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can spread human viral diseases

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

US ties 4 Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes

Jul 30, 2016 - 12:53 AM

Investigators have determined a high likelihood exists that 4 suspected non travel cases in Miami Dade and Broward County are the result of local transmission

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

WHO rejects calls to move Olympics over Zika fears

May 28, 2016 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization says moving the Olympics would not have a major impact on the spread of Zika

ZIKA VIRUS. In this file photo, local workers disinfects the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parade. Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Zika crisis fueled by 'massive policy failure' – WHO chief

May 24, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The World Health Organization s Margaret Chan also warns that failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services has exacerbated the crisis

epa05325198 China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) adresses her statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2016. The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) meets from 23 to 28 May 2016 in Geneva. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector

May 24, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Despite the fact that world health authorities have said for months that the mosquito species is the main vector for Zika no Aedes aegypti carrying the virus had previously been found in the Americas

ZIKA VIRUS. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26, 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Puerto Rico declares first case of Zika-related microcephaly

May 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Puerto Rico says it has counted 925 cases of Zika so far 18 of which involve pregnant women

WHO warns of risk of 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

As seasonal temperatures begin to rise in Europe two species of Aedes mosquito which we know transmit the virus will begin to circulate the WHO says

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

First 3D image of Zika virus could speed vaccine hunt – study

Apr 01, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Zika s particular characteristics may be what allows it to attach to certain molecules and infect certain human cells

3D. This image obtained March 31, 2016 shows a representation of a near-atomic level map of Zika virus showing its structure. Handout photo by Purdue University/Kuhn and Rossmann research groups/AFP

Chile reports first case of sexually transmitted Zika

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:19 AM

The Health Ministry says a 46 year old woman contracted the virus from a man who had become infected in Haiti

US gives tentative OK to testing genetically modified mosquitoes

Mar 12, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The aim is to eliminate wild mosquito populations that spread infectious diseases such as Zika dengue chikungunya and West Nile

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Experiments show link between Zika and fetal brain damage

Mar 05, 2016 - 9:18 AM

The findings are the first concrete evidence of a link between the mosquito borne virus and microcephaly which until now had been circumstantial

ZIKA VIRUS. A soldier fumigates against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito as part of the campaign against Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna in Habana, Cuba, February 22, 2016. File photo by EPA/Ernesto Mastrascusa

US details cases of 9 pregnant women with Zika virus

Feb 27, 2016 - 8:49 AM

Health officials say two of the women miscarried and two elected to terminate their pregnancies

ZIKA AND PREGNANCY. A picture made available on February 12, 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregrnacy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Growing evidence linking Zika to microcephaly – WHO

Feb 20, 2016 - 9:38 AM

We are still dealing with a very much evolving situation says Bruce Aylward WHO chief on outbreaks and health emergencies

ZIKA VIRUS. A picture made available on February 12, 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the Zika virus during her mother's pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

CAAP alerts airport authorities over Zika virus

Feb 17, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Philippine aviation authorities recommend the disinfection of aircraft to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes that carry the virus

ZIKA CARRIER. A picture dated January 30, 2016, shows the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

DOH: Vaccine an 'additional strategy' to fight dengue in PH

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Health Spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy says actively pursuing steps against dengue such as cleaning one s surroundings is still a better approach as it also targets other mosquito borne diseases such as chikungunya and Zika

FIGHTING DENGUE. The government will procure millions of Dengvaxia doses to immunize Grade 4 public school students in selected regions. Photo from Sanofi Pasteur

Hondurans mobilize to wipe out Zika

Feb 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Some 200 000 residents of this Central American nation spent Saturday ridding homes and gardens of standing water and fumigating areas suspected of harboring larvae from the virus carrying mosquito

Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

Feb 07, 2016 - 10:18 AM

At the Zika epicenter Brazil is simultaneously fighting mosquitoes and insisting that tourists face no danger at the Carnival or when they come to Rio in 6 months for the Summer Olympics

SHOW GOES ON. The King Momo, Wilson Dias (R), dances with the Queen of the Carnival Clara Paixao (L) after receiving the Keys of the City, which represents the official opening of the Carnival of Rio in Brazil on February 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Colombia s National Health Institute says the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain Barre syndrome

FIRST DEATHS. Health officials of Colombia and the National Health Institute seen during a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, February 5, 2016. At least 3 people have died in Colombia with 'confirmed history' of Zika and other six cases are currently under study, as reported the general director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Marta Lucia Ospina. Photo by EPA/Leonardo Muñoz

1,000 kits available in PH for Zika virus testing – DOH

Feb 02, 2016 - 3:46 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin says stocks are limited worldwide and the government will only use theirs for necessary cases

ZIKA THREAT. The World Health Organization has recently declared the virus a global threat.

More Zika cases found in European tourists returning from South America

Jan 27, 2016 - 11:47 PM

Health watchdogs in a string of European countries meanwhile say they had recorded Zika cases dating back to as early as March 2015

FIGHTING THE ZIKA VIRUS. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades next February 5, to fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Zika spreads to Bolivia, infecting pregnant woman

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:28 AM

She has not traveled outside the country This is a home grown case

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Aquino on 'Tita Letty': Her look turned blood into ice

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:06 AM

The President says Letty Jimenez Magsanoc the Inquirer s late editor in chief was a strict taskmaster watching the government

REMEMBERING 'TITA LETTY.' President Benigno Aquino III shares his memories of Inquirer co-founder and editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc after a mass held in her honor on December 29, 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Drug-resistant malaria could spread to Africa: study

Oct 20, 2015 - 11:30 PM

Lab tests show that drug immune parasite Plasmodium falciparum are able to infect the Anopheles coluzzii mosquito the main transmitter of the disease in Africa

epa04689532 A worker uses an anti-malaria fumigation spray machine at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, 02 April 2015. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

DOH to equip 20,000 classrooms with dengue screens

Oct 10, 2015 - 8:30 AM

The health department records 92 807 dengue cases from January 1 to September 19

Dengue cases to rise in 2016 due to El Niño – DOH

Oct 09, 2015 - 7:30 PM

According to state weather bureau PAGASA the ongoing El Niño may further strengthen and is likely to persist until the second quarter of 2016

Stopping dengue: Don't let your guard down

Oct 06, 2015 - 2:00 PM

In the fight against dengue it s important to disrupt the mosquitoes egg laying habitats and not to be complacent

More than 78,000 dengue cases since Jan 2015 – DOH

Sep 23, 2015 - 12:52 PM

The health department records 233 dengue related deaths from January 1 to September 5

DENGUE. In the Philippines, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are the primary and secondary mosquito vectors. File photo of Aedes albopictus from WikiCommons

Dengue on the rise: 55,000 reported cases so far in 2015

Sep 04, 2015 - 2:00 PM

This is higher than the 50 462 recorded cases during the same period in 2014

Number of dengue cases doubles in Cordillera

Sep 01, 2015 - 4:32 PM

The regional health department is also monitoring possible cases of Japanese encephalitis another serious disease caused by mosquitoes

Almost 800 hospitalized for dengue in Negros Occidental in 2015

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The provincial health office says there has been an 81 increase in the number of dengue cases in the first 8 months of the year compared to the same period in 2014

Soon: Vaccine from France to help fight dengue in PH

Feb 27, 2015 - 9:15 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says the dengue vaccine from French company Sanofi Pasteur is already in clinical trials

FIGHTING DENGUE. Staff from the Philippines' Department of Health sprays chemicals to eradicate mosquitos as part of intensive anti-dengue campaign of the health agency in Malabon district, north of Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2014. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Genetically-modified mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

Feb 01, 2015 - 11:38 AM

A British company s plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases sparks an outcry from fearful residents

PROMISE VS DENGUE. In this file photo, a researcher examines transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitos kept in cages to collect their eggs, at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec, in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Vaccinated mosquitos released in Rio to combat dengue

Oct 03, 2014 - 7:55 AM

This is the first time a Latin American country is testing a method already functioning in Vietnam Indonesia and Australia

DENGUE FIGHT. A man holds a plastic case with mosquitoes at a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24 September 2014. The project 'Eliminate the dengue: Challenge Brazil' by state Brazilian laboratory Fiocruz released about 10,000 mosquitoes infected with a dengue blocking bacteria. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Biotech firm's GM mosquitoes to fight dengue in Brazil

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:21 AM

Brazil would be the first country to use genetically modified mosquitoes large scale or to allow commercial sales in the fight against dengue

PROMISE VS DENGUE. A researcher examines transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitos kept in cages to collect their eggs, at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec, in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Dengue vaccine out in PH by July 2015

Jul 16, 2014 - 5:09 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the vaccine should significantly contribute to the Philippines achieving its Global Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control Goals by 2020

FIGHTING DENGUE. Staff from the Philippines' Department of Health sprays chemicals to eradicate mosquitos as part of intensive anti-dengue campaign of the health agency in Malabon district, north of Manila, Philippines, 01 April 2014. Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Chikungunya virus reported in Cuba amid Caribbean outbreak

Jun 18, 2014 - 10:22 PM

The World Health Organization WHO says that as of March 2014 there had been more than 8 000 suspected chikungunya cases in the region

The logo of the World Health Organization in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo from AFP/Laurent Gillieron

GM mosquitoes open up new front in war on malaria

Jun 10, 2014 - 11:58 PM

The sex selection technique produces a generation of mosquitoes which is 95 male as opposed to 50 in normal populations

BREAKTHROUGH. This undated photo courtesy of Sanaria, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, shows Malaria infected mosquitoes ready for dissection in the lab's manufacturing facility during vaccine production. File photo by Adam Richman/Sanaria Inc/AFP