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Targeting female flight for genetic control of mosquitoes

December 3, 2020

Targeting female flight for genetic control of mosquitoes

David Navarro-Payá and colleagues describe a study on Actin-4 loss in both Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus, in which female-specific disruption of flight ability is observed, making it a candidate for genetic methods of population suppression.

Image credit: Navarro-Payá D, Flis I, Anderson MAE, Hawes P, Li M, Akbari OS, et al.

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11/12/2020

Viewpoints

NTDs in the age of urbanization, climate change, and conflict: Karachi, Pakistan as a case study

Owais Fazal and Peter J. Hotez examine Pakistan’s most populous city, Karachi, to understand the challenges expected to arise with the growth of megacities that may outstrip their infrastructures related to water, sanitation, and hygiene and become highly vulnerable to catastrophic weather events, leading to sharp increases in urbanized and poverty-related neglected tropical disease. Read their Viewpoint

Image credit: Fazal O, Hotez PJ

NTDs in the age of urbanization, climate change, and conflict: Karachi, Pakistan as a case study

12/03/2020

Symposium

Actinomycetoma with systemic features: A warning sign for immunosuppression?

Rita Fernanda Cortez de Almeida and colleagues present a case of actinomycetoma with systemic signs, leading to an investigation into underlying immunosuppression, since such signs are uncommon in this deep and usually localized infection. Read their Symposium

Image credit: Cortez de Almeida RF, Correia RES, Varón AG, de Oliveira Coelho JMC, de Oliveira AP, Lourenço MCS, et al.

Actinomycetoma with systemic features: A warning sign for immunosuppression?

12/08/2020

Research Article

Using host traits to predict reservoir host species of rabies virus

Katherine E. L. Worsley-Tonks and colleagues use models to identify 44 carnivore and 34 bat species that are currently not recognized as RABV reservoirs, but have trait profiles suggesting their capacity to be or become reservoirs. Read the Author Summary. 

Using host traits to predict reservoir host species of rabies virus

Image credit: Worsley-Tonks KEL, Escobar LE, Biek R, Castaneda-Guzman M, Craft ME, Streicker DG, et al.

12/07/2020

Research Article

Aedes aegypti habitat characteristics, distribution and abundance in Zanzibar

In this study, Fatma Saleh and colleagues are the first to document widespread occurrence and distribution of Ae. aegypti in Zanzibar and discuss the need for the establishment of a nation-wide Aedes surveillance program to guide the development and monitoring of vector control interventions for prevention of arboviral epidemics. Read the Author Summary.

Aedes aegypti habitat characteristics, distribution and abundance in Zanzibar

Image credit: Saleh F, Kitau J, Konradsen F, Kampango A, Abassi R, Schiøler KL

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