What Purpose Do Mosquitoes Have?
Mosquitoes seem to serve no other purpose than to be the uninvited guest at all of our outdoor functions. They buzz, they bite, and just seem to annoy everyone! 352 more words
Invasive species aren’t just species — they can also be pathogens. Such is the case with the West Nile virus. A mosquito-borne virus identified in the West Nile subregion in Uganda in 1937 — hence the name — West Nile wasn’t much of a concern to people elsewhere until it broke out of Africa in 1999. 499 more words
Western Hemisphere 02/10/14 livescience.com: by Marc Lallanilla – Health experts are concerned that chikungunya fever — a debilitating mosquito-borne disease that was once confined to Africa and Asia — has now spread to the Caribbean and may soon begin to make its way across North and South America. 1,200 more words
(Burness Communications 10 February 2014) In a study of the economic impact of West Nile virus in the United States, a research team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the 14 years since the virus was first detected in New York, hospitalized cases of WNV disease have cost a cumulative $778 million in health care expenditures and lost productivity. 15 more words
(University of Michigan 6 Fedbruary 2014) Dengue fever and West Nile fever are mosquito-borne diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide each year, but there is no vaccine against either of the related viruses. 15 more words