Tag: chikungunya

Can Florida mosquitoes transmit new strains of painful chikungunya virus?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are starting to better understand the ability of two Florida mosquito species to transmit two strains of chikungunya virus that have caused outbreaks of human disease around the world. The virus… Read More

Veteran biologist named director of UF/IFAS entomology lab

Jorge Rey GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just as the Zika virus is causing concern worldwide, a University of Florida insect specialist with 36 years of experience at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory has been named the lab’s new director…. Read More

UF/IFAS study: Pesticide-induced mosquito death outweighs fitness advantage of survivors

Please see caption below GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A common toxin used to kill yellow fever mosquito larvae – the most prevalent transmitter of dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses – is highly effective. While there are some fitness advantages… Read More

Mating with the wrong insect may cut yellow fever mosquito populations

Asian tiger mosquito Yellow fever mosquito GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Asian tiger mosquitoes can drive down yellow fever mosquito populations when the female chooses the wrong male with which to mate, UF/IFAS scientists say. Both insects transmit chikungunya and… Read More

UF/IFAS expert to help Australians try to control diseases transmitted by invasive mosquitoes

Cutline below GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida scientist recognized as a global expert on invasive mosquitoes will head to Australia in March to work with researchers to combat public health threats common to Florida and Queensland,… Read More

New mosquito-borne illness may be headed to United States, UF experts say

By: Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400 Source(s): Walter Tabachnick wjt@ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 124 Roxanne Connelly crr@ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 172 Stephen Higgs sthiggs@utmb.edu, 409-747-2426 View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The next mosquito-borne illness in the United States may be chikungunya… Read More