West Nile Virus

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Mosquitoes in urban areas

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Now that summer is finally on the horizon, so too is mosquito season. More than an annoyance, mosquitoes can spread serious illnesses, like West Nile virus and Dengue.

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West Nile virus scant in mosquitoes in Allegheny County this summer

Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in Pennsylvania are very low in sharp contrast with the numbers recorded in 2012.

West Nile virus proliferation stumps experts

Health officials and researchers are scratching their heads, wondering whether there will be a repeat this summer of last year's spike in the West Nile virus, a potentially fatal illness that mosquitoes transmit.

When good ideas produce bad outcomes

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When rainwater passes over hard surfaces, like roads and parking lots, it accumulates pollutants, which are then washed into nearby waterways.

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Urban conditions magnify West Nile virus

This year's West Nile virus outbreak is marching toward the record books, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting some 3,100 cases and more than 130 deaths in the United States.

More wildlife diseases are making the leap to humans

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Research has found that when humans modify the environment, fragmenting habitat and reducing species diversity, we are more likely to contract diseases normally confined to wildlife.

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Summer storms offer perfect weather for mosquito breeding

We've had a wet stretch of weather. First we were drenched by Irene, then again with Lee. Saturated soils had additional rainy days. And as a result, mosquitoes have been out in droves.

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West Nile virus beats winter

Scientists are now realizing that animal and human activities during winter play a critical role in the persistence of West Nile virus.

Ecological research in urban setting requires innovative methods

While most ecologists conduct field work in natural settings, Cary Institute scientists have pioneered the inclusion of urban and suburban landscapes in ecological research.

West Nile virus alters ecological balance

West Nile virus is a human health risk because it can cause sickness and death when mosquitoes transmit the pathogen from an infected bird to a person.

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Hardy mosquitoes defy humans, shape course of history

The joy in seeing the first flowers of spring is always countered by dismay over the reappearance of mosquitoes

Tracking the spread of ecological pests

Cary Institute ecologist Dr. Shannon L. LaDeau is working to understand how environmental conditions influence the spread of undesirable pests and pathogens such as West Nile virus and the hemlock wooly adelgid. This work includes understanding the dynamics of pest communities and taking into account things like land use, climate change, and combined stressors.

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