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Insects Commonly Mistaken for Mosquitoes

How to Tell the Difference Between Mosquitoes, Midges, and Crane Flies The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to avoid mosquitoes. Getty Images/Photographer's Choice/Roger EritjaMost people don't like mosquitoes, given their rather annoying habit of inflicting painful bites that turn into itchy, red welts. Mosquitoes also transmit serious and sometimes deadly diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile virus. Pets, too, are at risk of mosquito-borne diseases, like heartworm. And yet, despite the fact that nearly every person on the planet...

Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes Have Arrived

One can only imagine the pain and morbidity associated with a disease that is colloquially referred to in many parts of the world as “breakbone fever.” Yet, for the nearly 400 million people infected annually with the dengue virus (DENV), imagination need not be applied as they have experienced the reality of this painful and potentially lethal virus. With no viable vaccine currently in use and a death toll of more than 20,000 per year, mostly children, researchers have continually...