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Understanding and Controlling
Mosquito-borne Diseases

Harrington Research Team

Medical Entomology Laboratory

Laura Harrington identifies mosquitoes in Thailand.Diseases such as malaria and dengue fever have a significant impact on human lives globally. Mosquitoes, also called “vectors,” transmit these diseases. The prevalence of dengue fever has increased in the past 50 years, and today more than 2.5 billion people are at risk in more than 100 countries. Malaria kills approximately 3,000 young African children every day and causes up to three million deaths annually.

In 1999, a new mosquito-borne virus, West Nile, was first discovered in the New York City area. Since 1999, the West Nile virus has spread throughout the North American continent and has sickened more than 14,000 people in the United States and caused 563 deaths.


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