Tag - mosquitoes

 
 

MOSQUITOES

A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes and curb the spread of dengue, chikungunya and Zika in Managua, Nicaragua.
ENVIRONMENT / Wildlife
Sep 13, 2023
What's in a mosquito bite? How warmer climates spread disease
Abundant water helps mosquitoes to breed, while more drought constrict the migratory birds' ecosystems, enabling some diseases to spread.
As synonymous with summer as fireworks and sweltering temperatures, mosquitoes are ubiquitous in Japan. However, will rising temperatures lead more dangerous species of the bug to call Japan home?
ENVIRONMENT / Wildlife / Longform
Aug 7, 2023
The mosquito: Summer’s unwelcome little bloodsucker
An outbreak of dengue in Yoyogi Park nine years ago could be a sign of things to come if the wrong mosquito makes it into Japan.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jun 23, 2023
Chemical-maker Kao unveils new way to combat mosquitoes
Researchers found that spraying a solution that allows mosquitoes' wings to become wet can prevent them from flying and knock them out of the air.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 8, 2023
Mosquitoes are poised to swamp health systems
While current and future climate will affect mosquito and parasite biology, temperature is not the only driver of change.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jan 11, 2023
Super-resistant mosquitoes in Asia pose growing threat, study says
Health authorities commonly fog mosquito-infested areas with insecticide, and resistance has long been a concern, but the scale of the problem was not well understood.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 17, 2021
What if you could become invisible to mosquitoes?
Using Crispr, scientists have taken the first step toward creating a mosquito that is blind to human hosts.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Aug 28, 2020
Singapore battles record dengue outbreak with more mosquitoes
From the high balcony of a Singapore public housing block, an environment official steadies his mosquito launcher, the latest contraption authorities have devised to combat a record outbreak of the tropical disease dengue.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 28, 2020
Scientists map out mosquito immune system to help fight malaria
Scientists have created the first full map of mosquito immune cells and found a new type of cell that could have a role in how mosquitoes are able to fight off malaria.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 17, 2019
Dengue fever finds breeding ground in war-weary Yemen
Ibrahim Ali al-Jadari's four teenage daughters lie at home on intravenous drips that will soon run out as they, like tens of thousands of other Yemenis, battle a seasonal surge of dengue fever.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 31, 2019
Scientists race to stop world's fastest spreading tropical disease
Mosquitoes are much more than a bloodsucking annoyance. For close to half of the world, they represent disease and death.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 28, 2019
As the climate shifts, Central America confronts a deadly dengue outbreak
Central America is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in decades — and scientists say the disease is likely to spread and become more frequent in the future due to climate change.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 29, 2018
Google parent Alphabet has grand global plan to breed disease-carrying mosquitoes out of existence
Silicon Valley researchers are attacking flying bloodsuckers in California's Fresno County. It's the first salvo in an unlikely war for Google parent Alphabet Inc.: eradicating mosquito-borne diseases around the world.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 16, 2018
Bugs struggle amid Japan's record summer heat
Specialists in Hyogo believe populations of mosquitoes and beetles have suffered this year as the moist environments where their young thrive have dried up in the heat wave.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 2, 2016
U.S. agency helps fund Takeda effort to develop Zika vaccine
Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. on Thursday said it is developing a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects, and has secured funding from a U.S. government agency.
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WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 29, 2016
Singapore logs 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika, mainly among foreign construction workers
Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and said it expected more cases to be identified.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 29, 2016
FDA acts to protect Florida blood supply amid Zika scare, halts donations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered blood banks in Florida's two most densely populated counties to stop collecting blood as health officials determine whether Zika has begun transmission in the continental United States.
COMMUNITY / Voices / OVERHEARD
Jul 2, 2016
Reality bites
Why do mosquitoes always bite you on the elbow?
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 1, 2016
Zika molecular map unveiled as scientific consensus blames virus for microcephaly, GBS
Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 11, 2016
Is microcephaly caused by Zika or pesticides?
Microcephaly in children may have a multicausal origin.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 4, 2016
Zika mosquitoes' habits may foil U.S. elimination efforts
Health experts are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets.

Longform

Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores