Tagged: Mosquito

How does a Virus-Blocking Bacterium operate in Mosquitoes? - News

Jean Balchin Mar 05, 2018

A recent study published in PLOS Pathogens has revealed more details of the mechanism by which the bacterium Wolbachia blocks viruses in mosquito cells. Professor Scott O’Neill, Director of the World Mosquito Program, led by Australia’s Monash University, and colleagues argue that the mechanism reduces viral replication inside cells and that rapid degradation of viral RNA is involved.  What is Wolbachia?  Wolbachia is a genus of gram-negative … Read More

Buzz Off! Mosquitoes might learn to fear the smell of swatters - News

Jean Balchin Jan 29, 2018

  Most of us think of mosquitoes as irritating little pests, plaguing us during the summer months when open windows are a necessity. But new research, reported in Current Biology on January 25 shows that mosquitoes can learn to associate a particular odour with an unpleasant mechanical shock akin to being swatted. As a … Read More

News of Zika vaccine might be reassuring, but it’s too late for Rio, and do we really need it anyway? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 08, 2016

By Lenore Manderson, University of the Witwatersrand Recently, two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Australian golfer Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games, purportedly because of his concern about the possibility of getting infected. The number of media reports of … Read More

New evidence supporting a link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 05, 2016

Scientists have just reported that in the lab, the Zika virus can infect and destroy neural stem cells that give rise to the brain’s cerebral cortex. Updated 6/3/2016 to include links to new papers Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that is currently causing concern across … Read More

Zika: a potential new mozzie vector? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 04, 2016

Brazilian scientists announce Zika could be spread by a different species of mosquito, one more common in Brazil and present in countries like New Zealand. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Zika virus is currently known to be transmitted by Aedes species mosquitoes, namely A. aegypti and A. albopictus. Media … Read More

Zika in NZ: sexual transmission or intrepid mosquito? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 03, 2016

The New Zealand Ministry of Health are investigating a case of Zika in a woman who hasn’t travelled to a Zika-affected country recently. Is it a case of sexual transmission or a rogue mosquito? Update: I talked about this story this morning on RNZ’s Morning Report and TVNZ’s Breakfast on One. Also see my … Read More

Zika virus updates - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 04, 2016

As more information comes in about Zika virus and its risks, we will continue to update this page with posts from our bloggers and guest work. New evidence supporting a link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly, Siouxsie Wiles, Infectious Thoughts. Zika: a potential new mozzie vector?, Siouxsie Wiles, Infectious Thoughts. Read More