Author: Sarah Austin

Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus could be resistant to insecticides, study finds

From WTSP March 17, 2021 FLORIDA, USA — A new study from the University of Florida found that mosquitoes that carry and transmit the Zika virus have shown resistance to insecticides designed specifically to prevent the spread of the disease. Researchers are calling the findings a threat to public health. The chemicals found in the insecticide, known…

USU biologist using innovative research to track mosquitos

From the Cache Valley Daily March 17, 2021 LOGAN —  While most people consider mosquitos an annoying pest, Utah State University Assistant Biology Professor Norah Saarman wanted to examine how they can spread infectious diseases. “Our goal was to use images from space to see if we could predict how distant genetic mosquitos were or…

News Briefs 3.10.21

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Study of mosquito protein could lead to treatments against life-threatening viruses

From the National Institutes of Health March 10, 2021 The mosquito protein AEG12 strongly inhibits the family of viruses that cause yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Zika and weakly inhibits coronaviruses, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators. The researchers found that AEG12 works by destabilizing the viral…

Seasonal Vector Control Technician I, Northwest MVCD

Description: Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District is looking for qualified applicants to fill numerous job openings for entry level, seasonal vector control technicians. These technicians work under the supervision of a licensed vector control technician to implement Integrated Vector Management practices to protect residents of Northwest Riverside County. Assigned duties include: Identifying, removing, or…

News Briefs 3.3.2021

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Scientists reveal details of antibodies that work against Zika virus

From EurekAlert! February 25, 2021 ROCKVILLE, MD – The Zika outbreak of 2015 and 2016 is having lasting impacts on children whose mothers became infected with the virus while they were pregnant. Though the numbers of Zika virus infections have dropped, which scientists speculate may be due to herd immunity in some areas, there is…

News Briefs 2.24.21

Post MVCAC Annual Conference FAQ; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Anastasia Mosquito Control District Survey; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your district for…

Santa Clara County to combat mosquito breeding season in marshlands

From Palo Alto Online February 25, 2021 On Friday, Santa Clara County plans to hover over the Palo Alto Flood Basin — an area known to be a mosquito breeding ground around this time of the year — to release a specific bacteria found in soil to stunt mosquitoes from maturing. The county’s Vector Control…

News Briefs 2.18.21

Post MVCAC Annual Conference FAQ; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Letters from Valent, AMVAC and Central Life Sciences concerning PFAS in their packaging; Anastasia Mosquito Control District Survey; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources…

Zika vaccine candidate shows promise in phase I trial

From MedicalXpress February 16, 2021 The Zika virus candidate, Ad26.ZIKV.001, a replication-incompetent human adenovirus serotype 26 (ad26) vector showed promising safety and immunogenicity in a phase I clinical trial. Researchers say the vaccine warrants further development should the need reemerge. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is transmitted via…

Researchers Unveil Detailed Genome of Invasive Malaria Mosquito

From UC San Diego February 11, 2021 Despite the broad notoriety of sharks, snakes, scorpions and other formidable creatures, mosquitoes remain the deadliest animal on the planet… by far. Mosquito-transmitted malaria remains the number one worldwide killer among vector-borne diseases, claiming more than 400,000 human lives in 2019. In order to engineer advanced forms of…

News Briefs 2.10.21

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SEASONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL AIDE, Fresno MVCD

Description:Please click here for a full description. Submission Deadline: Open until filled How to Apply: It is required to, at minimum, submit a completed FMVCD application in order to be considered for any position. Please send any cover letters, resumes, or any supplemental application documents in the same e-mail as your Completed Application. The application is…

SEASONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL TECHNICIAN, Fresno MVCD

Description: Please click here for a full description. Submission Deadline: Open until filled How to Apply: It is required to, at minimum, submit a completed FMVCD application in order to be considered for any position. Please send any cover letters, resumes, or any supplemental application documents in the same e-mail as your Completed Application. The application…

News Briefs 2.3.2021

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Mosquito Control Assistant/Technician (Permanent and Seasonal), East Side MAD

Description: Under general supervision, to locate potential sources of mosquitoes, planning and carry out required vector suppression activities, and perform other related work as required. Submission Deadline: Open until filled Please click here for more information.

Extra Help Mosquito Control Aide, East Side MAD

Description: Under direction and supervision of the District Manager, this Extra Help position will perform basic vector control operations and surveillance duties and do other related work as required. Submission Deadline: Open until filled Please click here for more information.

In vitro study helps explain how Zika virus passes from mother to fetus during pregnancy

From EurekAlert! February 3, 2021 Tampa, FL (Feb. 3, 2021) — A preclinical study by a University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine research team has discovered a new mechanism for how Zika virus can pass from mothers to their children during pregnancy – a process known as vertical transmission. The researchers showed, for the…

Student Scientist Searches for Therapeutics to Treat West Nile Virus

From Cal State Fullerton February 2, 2021 With no treatment or cure for West Nile virus — spread through the bite of an infected mosquito — Cal State Fullerton undergraduate researcher Shaina Nguyen is working on creating new therapeutics to treat people infected with the disease. “Hopefully, our research could provide possible drug therapeutics to…

New malaria mosquito emerges in African cities, and experts are worried

From Business Ghana January 31, 2021 A new malaria mosquito is emerging in African cities, with potentially devastating consequences for those living there, according to a new study. The larvae of Anopheles stephensi — India’s main mosquito vector of malaria — are now “abundantly present” in locations across Africa, researchers from The Netherlands’ Radboud University…

News Briefs 1.27.2021

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Genetically-modified mosquitoes key to stopping Zika virus spread

From EurekAlert! January 26, 2021 COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2016, the World Health Organization called the Zika virus epidemic a “public health emergency of international concern” due to the virus causing birth defects for pregnant women in addition to neurological problems. Since then, researchers have wrestled with different strategies for controlling the spread of Zika…

Medical Moment: Zika virus for childhood cancer?

From 16 News Now January 22, 2021 SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – While the world is in a rush to find a way to kill off COVID-19, another virus is making a comeback in an unexpected way. Neuroblastoma is the most common cancer in kids under age one. In two out of three cases, the…

News Briefs 1.20.2021

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News Briefs 01.13.2021

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Field Technician I, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the general direction of the Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Field or Fisheries Supervisor, this position performs inspections and control operations or other related or specialized services in an assigned crew within the Control Operations department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. The Field Technician I is the entry…

News Briefs 01.06.2021

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Here’s what the first year of Zika looks like

From Yahoo News January 7, 2021   The Zika virus came seemingly out of nowhere and broke all the rules. Here’s a look at the plot twists during the first year of the virus – and where it’s going next. Read more

New defense against dengue and emerging mosquito-borne viruses

From EurekAlert January 7, 2021 New treatments to cut the global death rate from dengue, Zika and West Nile viruses could result from research led by The University of Queensland. Associate Professor Daniel Watterson from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences said the team identified an antibody that improved survival rates in laboratory trials…

The Antimalarial Compound Atovaquone Inhibits Zika and Dengue Virus Infection by Blocking E Protein-Mediated Membrane Fusion.

From Physicians Weekly December 31, 2020 Flaviviruses bear class II fusion proteins as their envelope (E) proteins. Here, we describe the development of an in vitro quantitative mosquito-cell-based membrane-fusion assay for the E protein using dual split proteins (DSPs). The assay does not involve the use of live viruses and allows the analysis of a…

News Briefs 12.30.2020

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News Briefs 12.16.20

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

NIH grant funds development of novel biosensor technology for diagnosing viral infections

From the UC Santa Cruz News Center December 16, 2020 For over ten years, Ali Yanik has been working to develop novel biosensor technology to provide rapid, low-cost testing for disease diagnostics and precision medicine. Now, with a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, he and his collaborators are poised to…

New viral detection technique uses smartphone camera to diagnose various infections

From EurekAlert! December 16, 2020 Scientists have developed a novel smartphone-based technique to diagnose viral infections that uses a deep learning algorithm to identify viruses in metal nanoparticle-labeled samples, enabling rapid virus detection without the need for skilled laboratory workers and expensive equipment. The system correctly identified clinically relevant concentrations of Zika, hepatitis B (HBV),…

News Briefs 12.11.20

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; 88th Volume of the MVCAC Proceedings and Papers Available Now; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant…

Persistence of Zika virus in the brain causes long-term problems in mice

From EurekAlert! December 10, 2020 The Zika virus can remain in mouse brain for extended periods, leading to long-term neurological and behavioral consequences, according to a study published December 10 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Daniela Verthelyi of the US Food and Drug Administration, and colleagues. Infections in the perinatal period are associated with lasting…

$2 million NIH grant to develop Zika virus vaccine

From EurekAlert! December 10, 2020 Flaviviruses — a group of viruses transmitted by ticks or mosquitoes — infect an estimated 400 million people annually with diseases like yellow fever, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, and, most recently, Zika virus. Outbreaks of Zika virus, a flavivirus originating in Africa, were once rare and isolated events. But…

News Briefs 12.04.2020

Utility Vaults and Mosquito Production Survey; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; 88th Volume of the MVCAC Proceedings and Papers Available Now; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs…

People Previously Infected With Dengue Are Less Likely to Suffer From Zika Complications

From Gilmore Health News December 6, 2020 A study of 3,000 children during an outbreak in Nicaragua showed that those previously infected with dengue were less likely to develop Zika symptoms. Both Zika and Dengue viruses are, transmitted by the same type of mosquitoes and cause similar symptoms. The dengue virus has been present in the Americas…

Evolving malaria mosquitoes getting harder to control

From MedicalXpress December 4, 2020 Anopheles malaria mosquitoes in Africa and Latin America are evolving in response to human activity, studies in both continents have found. Anopheles gambiae, the most significant malaria vector in Africa, is developing increasing resistance to pyrethroid insecticides, a study published in Scientific Reports this month shows. Synthetic pyrethroids are the most commonly…

News Briefs 11.25.2020

Happy Thanksgiving; MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Utility Vaults and Mosquito Production Survey; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs –…

Commonly used antibiotic shows promise for combating Zika infections

From the NIH November 23, 2020 In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they…

News Briefs 11.20.2020

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Fourth case of West Nile confirmed in Kern County this year

From KGET November 19, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Health officials say they have diagnosed a fourth case of West Nile virus in Kern County. California health officials announced the latest data Thursday showing 172 human cases of West Nile across the state. Twenty two counties in the state have reported human cases and seven…

California Horse Confirmed With WNV

From The Horse November 18, 2020 On Nov. 13, officials at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) confirmed a horse in Sacramento County with West Nile virus (WNV). The affected horse, an undervaccinated yearling Thoroughbred colt, began showing clinical signs on Nov. 3. Signs consisted of ataxia (loss of control of bodily movements) and…

News Briefs 11.13.2020

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New App Identifies Mosquitoes by Buzzing Sound

From VOA News November 16, 2020 The high-pitched whine of a mosquito is annoying, but scientists have developed an app that uses that sound to detect dangerous mosquitoes. Mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people each year by spreading microbes that cause diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever. But researcher Haripriya Vaidehi…

O.C. residents urged to help fight new ankle-biting mosquito

From the Laguna Beach Independent November 12, 2020 Laguna Beach residents are reporting an uptick in ravenous ankle-biting mosquitos following recent rainstorms, the Orange County Vector Control District shared this week. It’s very possible the bites are attributable to a newcomer to Orange County—the Aedes mosquito. Laguna Woods and Laguna Hills residents had issues this…