Tag: Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Mosquito Feeding Habits May Alter Dengue Virus Transmission

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Like humans, mosquitoes help shape who their children will grow up to be, and those patterns show how well mosquitoes can later transmit dangerous viruses to humans, a new University of Florida study shows. Researchers… Read More

UF/IFAS Entomologist Urges Precautions Against Mosquito-Borne Viruses

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida entomologist urges Floridians to protect themselves against biting mosquitoes because of unusually high levels of mosquito-borne virus transmission to sentinel chickens, horses and humans so far this summer. “Floridians need to… Read More

UF Researchers Zero in on Potential Threat of New Mosquito Virus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A virus responsible for an illness outbreak in Venezuela is spreading to other parts of the Americas, says a University of Florida scientist who is closely monitoring the Mayaro virus. Most recently, the virus was… Read More

Two Mosquito Species Can Transmit New Chikungunya Virus in the Americas

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes from Florida and Brazil can transmit an Asian strain of chikungunya virus that’s emerging in North, South and Central America, a University of Florida scientist says. The Asian strain… Read More

UF study: Mosquitoes can lead researchers to elusive Burmese Python

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Burmese pythons may be big and scary, but they are hard to find. Now, researchers can enlist the aid of mosquitoes to find the invasive snake in south Florida, according to a study by a… Read More

UF study: Disease-carrying mosquitoes abound in deforested lands

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most disease-transmitting mosquito species live in deforested areas, a finding that may influence decisions on where and when to cut down trees, a new University of Florida study shows. Deforestation occurs when people remove trees… Read More

Burmese python’s hungry escapades may have consequences for human health

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the large, invasive Burmese python eats its way through south Florida’s mammals, the mosquitoes in the area have fewer types of animals to bite. Now, more mosquitoes are drawing blood from a rat that… Read More

UF/CALS endowment to Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory honors Beidlers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Nicknamed the “Dean of Florida Mosquito Control,” E.J. “John” Beidler built a distinguished career in entomology that spanned decades. So, for his 90th birthday in January, his children decided to honor their parents with a… Read More

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