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Free articles on Aedes albopictus, mosquitoes that may transmit Zika

June 28, 2016

This week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and the Entomological Society of America is supporting the effort with a special collection of articles about the Asian tiger mosquito.

Like its close relative Aedes aegypti, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been in the news recently due to its ability to transmit pathogens that cause diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Unlike Aedes aegypti, which is mainly found in areas where the weather is warm year-round, Aedes albopictus can tolerate colder weather, and in the United States it is found as far north as New York and New Jersey. As its name implies, this invasive insect came to North America from Asia in the 1980s and has since become a well-established pest in many areas.

Thirty years after its introduction to North America, Oxford University Press and the Entomological Society of America have released a special collection of articles on the Asian tiger mosquito. The following articles from the Journal of Medical Entomology are freely available to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others working on mosquito management:

Thirty Years of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) in America: An Introduction to Current Perspectives and Future Challenges
(http://bit.ly/28JOkNi)
Donald A. Yee
Journal of Medical Entomology (2016)

Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) and Mosquito-Borne Viruses in the United States
(http://bit.ly/28JWHZK)
Dana L. Vanlandingham, Stephen Higgs, and Yan-Jang S. Huang
Journal of Medical Entomology (2015)

Photoperiodic Diapause and the Establishment of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) in North America
(http://bit.ly/28JtNbf)
Peter A. Armbruster
Journal of Medical Entomology (2016)

What Can Larval Ecology Tell Us About the Success of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) Within the United States?
(http://bit.ly/28Loas5)
Donald A. Yee
Journal of Medical Entomology (2016)

The Importance of Interspecific Interactions on the Present Range of the Invasive Mosquito Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) and Persistence of Resident Container Species in the United States
(http://bit.ly/28JtSvc)
Joseph E. Fader
Journal of Medical Entomology (2016)

The Eye of the Tiger, the Thrill of the Fight: Effective Larval and Adult Control Measures Against the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae), in North America
(http://bit.ly/28JgbKs)
Ary Faraji and Isik Unlu
Journal of Medical Entomology (2016)
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New gene editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease
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Traces of Zika Found in Asian tiger mosquito in Brazil
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Scientists assemble Zika virus mosquito genome from scratch
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Scientists use new technology to assemble genome of Zika virus mosquito
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More mosquito species than previously thought may transmit Zika
Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
For mosquito repellents, stick with the spray
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Researchers create mosquito resistant to dengue virus
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Malaria transmission may increase when more parasites are transferred via mosquito bite
Mosquitos carrying a greater number of malaria-causing parasites may be more likely to cause infection in the people they bite, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens.
Chemical mosquito controls ineffective in Zika fight
Some existing methods for controlling Zika-carrying mosquitoes are not effective and may even be counter-productive, according to research by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Antibody test gauges mosquito exposure
Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have described a blood test that can be used to assess human exposure to Aedes mosquitos.

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