QUESTION What is the classification of mosquito that cause malaria? ANSWER The mosquitoes that cause malaria in humans (and indeed also in all other mammals) all belong to the genus Anopheles. They belong to the family Culicidae, which also includes other disease vectors such as Culex and Aedes, which transmit other diseases such as dengue virus, lymphatic filariasis, West Nile virus and … [Read more...]
Is there Malaria in United Arab Emirates (UAE)?
QUESTION Is the UAE malaria free? ANSWER Yes—the UAE is not considered a transmission area for malaria. However, other insect-borne diseases can occur in this region, such as West Nile virus, so while in the UAE it is still worth taking preventative measures against insect bites, such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using insect repellent on exposed skin. … [Read more...]
Mosquitos Make Proteins to Handle Heat Spike of Hot Blood Meals
Mosquitoes make proteins to help them handle the stressful spike in body temperature that’s prompted by their hot blood meals, a new study has found. The mosquito’s eating pattern is inherently risky: Taking a blood meal involves finding warm-blooded hosts, avoiding detection, penetrating tough skin and evading any host immune response, not to mention the slap of a human hand. Until … [Read more...]
Anti-Infective Drugs Market to Reach $66 Billion by 2013, Says Report
The anti-infective drugs market will jump to $66 billion by 2013, according to a recently published report. Anti-infective drugs include: anti-viral therapeutics, antibiotics, anti-fungal agents and prophylactic treatments such as vaccines. Six infectious diseases -- pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS -- account for half of all premature deaths worldwide. … [Read more...]