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Yonta, 6, rests with her sister Montra, 3, and brother Leakhena, 4 months, under a mosquito bed net keeping dry from the monsoon rain in Cambodia.

Mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus and dengue fever may have access to 1 billion more people in the years ahead

As our planet warms, ranges for disease-carrying mosquitoes will get larger, exposing up to 1 billion more people to Zika and dengue viruses by 2080.

How to choose the most effective bug spray to keep mosquitoes and ticks away

Effective products against mosquitoes contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or PMD (though some should not be used on kids under three). Some of the same products work for ticks, but they can be less effective.
This high resolution image shows the structure of Zika virus. The three envelope glycoproteins (E) are colored in yellow, blue and red and the glycan is colored in green.

The most detailed image of the Zika virus ever captured might reveal a way to fight the birth-defect causing disease

Zika can cause babies to be born with neurological damage and microcephaly (a particularly small head and underdeveloped brain) if a pregnant woman is infected. Researchers just created the most detailed three-dimensional image ever of the virus.
The virus is carried by a relative of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry Zika.

A mosquito virus that had never been identified in humans was found in a Florida boy — here’s what to know about the Keystone virus

A Keystone virus infection has been confirmed in a human for the first time. The virus is known to be widespread, and it comes from a virus family that's known to cause brain inflammation. It's another reminder that there are always emerging disease to watch for.

Bill and Melinda Gates are giving $4 million to help scientists engineer a malaria-killing mosquito — here’s how it could work

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping Oxitec develop a new genetically-engineered mosquito that could be dispatched in Africa, the Americas and Asia to kill off malaria-infected mosquito populations. Malaria kills more than 440,000 people around the globe every year.
From left to right: deer tick, Lone Star tick, and dog tick.

Diseases from ticks and mosquitoes have tripled in the US — and warmer weather means it will probably keep getting worse

Tcks, mosquitoes, and fleas carry pathogens including Lyme disease, West Nile, Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, and even the plague. Between 2004 and 2016, there were more than 640,000 of those illnesses. In that same time period, cases of these diseases tripled.

9 dangerous diseases that could be prevented by vaccines within the next decade, from HIV to cancer

Vaccines prime the body's immune system to fight an infection. Researchers are finding ways to use vaccines to tackle diseases like cancer and drug addiction.

More illnesses could be sexually transmitted than we thought — including the common cold

CDC researchers found the genetic material for 27 viruses in human semen, and they suspect there may be many more.

20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes are getting released into a California city by a division of Google’s parent company

The release is a field study for the Debug Project, an initiative that aims to decimate certain mosquito populations.

Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases could hit hard this summer

As summer heats up and mosquito season begins again, the risk for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile will rise.