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, […]

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 […]

Cholera outbreaks predicted using climate data and AI

Number of cholera outbreaks reported in the weekly epidemiological reports published by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of India (IDSP) during the period January 2010 to December 2018 for the 40 coastal districts of India selected in the study. Only the districts reporting cholera incidence data for which all seven Essential Climate Variable (ECV) datasets […]

Dutch cull 190,000 chickens after bird flu outbreaks

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Dutch authorities have culled some 190,000 chickens after a highly-contagious strain of bird flu broke out at at least two poultry farms, the agriculture ministry said Sunday. Health workers slaughtered around 100,000 hens at a poultry farm at Hekendorp outside Gouda while 90,000 chicks were culled at Witmarsum, in northern Friesland. […]

Denmark to cull all farmed mink to stop coronavirus outbreaks

Denmark, the world’s largest producer of mink, will cull all farmed mink in the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, both between the animals and to their human handlers, Danish authorities announced Wednesday (Nov. 4). There are currently more than 15 million mink being raised at more than 1,000 farms in Denmark, The […]

Location data to provide robust longer-term insights on flu outbreaks — ScienceDaily

Predicting influenza outbreaks just got a little easier, thanks to a new A.I.-powered forecasting tool developed by researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology. By incorporating location data, the A.I. system is able to outperform other state-of-the-art forecasting methods, delivering up to an 11% increase in accuracy and predicting influenza outbreaks up to 15 weeks in […]

Scientists find medieval plague outbreaks picked up speed over 300 years — ScienceDaily

McMaster University researchers who analyzed thousands of documents covering a 300-year span of plague outbreaks in London, England, have estimated that the disease spread four times faster in the 17th century than it had in the 14th century. The findings, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a striking acceleration […]

Bark beetle outbreaks benefit wild bee populations, habitat — ScienceDaily

When southern Rocky Mountain forests are viewed from a distance these days, it may not look like much is left. Large swaths of dead, standing Engelmann spruce trees tell the tale of a severe regional spruce beetle epidemic in its waning stages. But among those dead trees, researchers have found good news. Zoom-in to the […]

Bark beetle outbreaks benefit wild bee populations, habitat

A high-elevation spruce beetle-affected forest. Credit: Seth Davis/Colorado State University When southern Rocky Mountain forests are viewed from a distance these days, it may not look like much is left. Large swaths of dead, standing Engelmann spruce trees tell the tale of a severe regional spruce beetle epidemic in its waning stages. But among those […]