Breadfruit Could be Answer to Fight Against Mosquitoes
Breadfruit, has been found to repel insects including mosquitos. The fruit has three chemicals that repel the insects. The chemicals include capric acid, undecanoic acid and lauric acid.
Read more from USDA.gov:
Breadfruit has been a hit in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia for more than 3,000 years because of its many pluses: This tropical staple food crop is plentiful and packed with nutrients. It’s hailed by some as a possible solution to world hunger, but it could play a totally different—but equally important—role in saving lives.
Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that breadfruit flowers contain three chemicals that work wonderfully for repelling flying insects, including mosquitoes. In Hawaii and other regions, people have known for years that burning dried clusters of the flowers, known as “male inflorescences,” can keep bugs at bay. Continue reading…
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Preventing the Spread of Malaria
Scientists are working to prevent mosquitoes from getting malaria. If the mosquitoes don’t get malaria then they cant pass it on to humans. The bacteria’s known as Wolbachia and Pantoea Agglomerans both prevent the mosquitoes from getting malaria.
Read more from Wired.com:
Mosquitoes suck. And malaria sucks even more. The disease—caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted by mosquitoes—infects more than 300 million people and kills 1.2 million annually. One way to protect humans, though, is to protect the mosquitoes: If they’re not sick, you won’t be either. Researchers are working on two ways to get this done, both using bacteria. (Field tests could be five years away, so keep slapping on the DEET.)
After promising results using mosquitoes carrying the Wolbachia bacterium to reduce Dengue fever, researchers at Michigan State University tried using it to squash Plasmodium too. (Wolbachia amps up the skeeters’ immune systems, blocking out the parasite.) When they injected it into embryos, the resulting mosquito moms passed the bacteria to their spawn, infecting and thus protecting an entire population. That the bugs stayed malaria-free for multiple generations means this could be a one-time, permanent fix. Still to be addressed: The mosquitoes in this study are the kind that live in India, but the biggest malaria problem is in Africa. Continue reading…
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Mosquito problem in India
The mosquito situation in Nagpur City India is causing great concern. The city has had 237 cases of dengue fever this year. There is a rise in the disease as well as mosquito breeding grounds.
Read more from TimesOfIndia:
The mosquito menace has reached alarming proportions in Nagpur city, with 237 patients afflicted by dengue fever this year as yet. The situation is most concerning in Hanuman Nagar zone, where the health department collected samples from 78 suspected patients and found that 33 were suffering from dengue fever.
Though civic authorities claimed that the anti-mosquito drive was implemented in an organized manner, the menace has not been curbed. Flushing of drains using saline water and fogging to destroy adult mosquitoes was not carried out regularly, say sources. Continue reading…
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Spraying For Mosquitoes
The US Navy and US Department of Agriculture tested aerial spraying of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes last month. This is the mosquito that is known to spread dengue fever. Twenty two people contracted the disease in south florida.
Read more from Aljazeera:
In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.
Farther south, on the Treasure Coast, Florida health officials had a busy summer trying to control the most recent dengue fever outbreak. Some 22 people contracted the disease, known as break-bone fever for its debilitating joint pain and severe flu-like symptoms.
“It’s very difficult to spray everywhere where this mosquito hides and breeds,” said Gene Lemire, director of Martin County Mosquito Control. “It’s very sneaky.” Continue reading…