The Zika disease is caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes egyptus mosquito and is believed to have contributed to a spike in cases of microcephaly in Brazil and other parts of the Americas. Microcephaly refers to an abnormally small head for a newborn child. Usually, the Zika virus is relatively mild and requires no specific treatment. As of 2016, no vaccine, preventative drug or specific treatment is available.
Findings open the door to a new strategy using vitamin supplements to control mosquito-vectored diseases.
CB Insights report says start-up funding could rebound sharply in Asia after an initial slowdown, based on data from previous epidemics
Researchers managed to eradicate populations on two islands in Guangzhou province in two years by releasing 200 million insects specially bred to be infertile.
Exercise simulated a global health disaster with fictional elements to force government officials and experts to make the kinds of key decisions they could face in a real pandemic
Scientists are developing a device to detect the insect flapping its wings up to 2km away.