Eastern Encephalitis May Best Spread By Species Of Mosquitoes: New Study

Eastern Encephalitis May Best Spread By Species Of Mosquitoes: New Study

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  • Post By : Microbioz India
  • Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Date: 13 March, 2016

Researcher from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences detected species of mosquitoes named Culex erraticus is more abundant than Culiseta melanura and infected mosquitoes spread Eastern equine encephalitis among wide range of birds animals and mammals.



According to researcher,

"Our study shows us how a mosquito that is a relatively poor transmitter of the virus can actually have a huge impact on human health, due to its overwhelming abundance," Burkett-Cadena said, he is an assistant professor of entomology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, helped in this investigatory report.

The concern study recently appears online in Journal of Medical Entomology authored by Thomas Unnasch, distinguished professor of global health at the University of South Florida. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the disease is rare in human with range of five to 10 cases reported yearly but more than a third who contract the illness die and many who survive suffer severe brain damage.

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Story source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Journal References:

Andrea M. Bingham, Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena, Hassan K. Hassan, Thomas R. Unnasch. Vector Competence and Capacity of Culex erraticus (Diptera: Culicidae) for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in the Southeastern United States. Journal of Medical Entomology, 2016; 53 (2): 473 DOI: 10.1093/jme/tjv195

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