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Zika virus: US issues travel warning for pregnant women

The United States warned pregnant women Friday to avoid travel to 14 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Latin America due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

Dengue in Costa Rica: Health officials report 7 percent drop in cases over last year

The Pacific provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas account for 70 percent of cases of dengue in Costa Rica so far this year, the Public Health Ministry reported. The number of cases of chikungunya in Costa Rica is increasing, the same report noted.

It may sting, but mosquitoes just find some people more attractive than others

Mosquitoes like the smell of carbon dioxide. They also detect other body scents, some known to be affected by bacteria on skin.

Mosquito-borne dengue targeted by antibody with hope for vaccine

LONDON — Scientists have discovered new antibodies that neutralize viruses that cause dengue, potentially putting a universal vaccine within reach for a mosquito-borne illness that strikes an estimated 400 million people a year.

‘Vaccinated’ mosquitoes released in Rio to combat dengue

RIO DE JANEIRO – Ten thousand mosquitoes immunized against dengue fever have been released in Brazil as part of an innovative attempt to curb the spread of the tropical viral sickness, biologists said Thursday.

Costa Rica on alert for unique mosquito-borne virus with symptoms similar to dengue

Health Ministry officials are currently on alert to detect any possible cases of people infected with chikungunya virus, a desease that shares most of the same symptoms with dengue: high fever, headaches, muscle and joint pains, nausea and rash.

Panama will use genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue

Panama will try to control a dengue outbreak that has claimed six lives this year by releasing transgenic mosquitoes.

Costa Rica dengue epidemic sets all-time record for calendar year

Costa Rica broke its all-time record for dengue cases after the Health Ministry announced that as of Sep. 21, the number of dengue cases had...

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