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Mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus found in Washington, D.C.

January 27, 2016

On Monday (Jan. 25), the World Health Organization announced that Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that in the past year has swept quickly throughout equatorial countries, is expected to spread across the Americas and into the United States.

Notre Dame Researchers Find Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes in DC’s Backyard

January 21, 2016

As recently reported by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, a major disease-carrying mosquito population has been discovered in a Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, DC. To add insult to injury, the team identified genetic evidence that these mosquitoes have overwintered for at least the past four years; meaning they are adapting for persistence in a northern climate well out of their normal range. Led by Department of Biological Sciences professor David Severson, ...