Asian tiger mosquito poses low risk for Zika virus outbreaks — ScienceDaily

The Asian tiger mosquito does not pose a major risk for Zika virus epidemics, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Albin Fontaine of the Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées, and colleagues. Zika virus has triggered large outbreaks in human populations, in some cases causing congenital deformities, […]

Multiple mosquito blood meals accelerate malaria transmission

IMAGE: Plasmodium falciparum parasites developing in the mosquito midgut. view more  Credit: W. Robert Shaw, 2020 (CCBY 2.0) Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes shorten the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Lauren Childs of Virginia Tech, […]

Multiple mosquito blood meals accelerate malaria transmission — ScienceDaily

Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes shorten the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Lauren Childs of Virginia Tech, Flaminia Catteruccia of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues. Given that mosquitoes feed […]

Asian tiger mosquito poses low risk for Zika virus outbreaks

IMAGE: A blood engorged Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) taking its blood meal on a human arm. view more  Credit: Albin Fontaine and Céline Jourdan, 2020 (CCBY 2.0) The Asian tiger mosquito does not pose a major risk for Zika virus epidemics, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by […]

Mosquito ‘tongue’ neurons ignite like fireworks at taste of human blood

What does your blood taste like to a mosquito? Researchers recently discovered that the delectable flavor of human blood sends sensory neurons igniting like fireworks in a mosquito’s syringe-like “tongue,” a piercing mouthpart called a stylet. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood, and only to nourish their developing eggs — otherwise, they drink flower nectar. […]