Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chikungunya fever...in the Caribbean!

It is hard to pronounce, and until recently equally hard to catch here in the Western Hemisphere, but now the mosquitoes that carry the parasite that causes Chikungunya fever have invaded the Caribbean, expanding from its usual Asian and African haunts... Here is how the CDC describes the disease

Interestingly, the New York Times just reported on a new discovery in how not only the antennae of this species of mosquito (Aedes aegypti) smell, but how their SPERM also have a sense of smell!  New targets for battling these pests?


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