Monthly Archives: October 2018
Potential zoonotic schistosomiasis transmission could have a large impact on the control of schistosomiasis. In 2014 there was an outbreak of urogenital schistosomiasis on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Corsica, France. Researchers were able to capture these Corsican hybrid schistosomes and breed them in the laboratory (University of Perpignan), providing unique material for the first genome wide investigations into these hybrid forms.
With mosquito species adapting to feed outdoors, limiting the effectiveness of malaria prevention techniques like bed nets, there is a critical need for improved outdoor sampling techniques. One novel technique, presented in an article published today in Parasites & Vectors, uses water to mimic body temperature and odor from cattle or humans to lure mosquitoes to a sticky fate.2
Krisztian Magori summarizes the recent media coverage of large swarms of mosquitoes in the Carolinas following flooding post-Hurricane Florence.