From The Straits Times, Friday 17 February 2017 by Samantha Boh Even as the flurry surrounding the Zika virus dies down, a new concern has emerged in the scientific community studying the virus at the cellular level. According to a paper published last December in the international scientific journal Clinical And Translational immunology, people who have developed immunity to dengue may develop a worse reaction to Zika, if they contract it later. Zika and dengue are both flaviviruses that are transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. A person infected with either virus usually de..
Excerpt from The Sunday Times: Sunday 25 Dec 2016 by Benson Ang Bedbug populations have reportedly multiplied since the 1990s, according to the website BedBug Central, which tracks their spread, and the blood-sucking critters can now be found in almost every country and region. Although the reason for their surge is unconfirmed, one contributing factor could be the rise of international travel, suggests a publication by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parasites thrive in places with a frequent turnover of people, such as hotel rooms, airplanes an..
ST 4 September 2016, By Carolyn Khew Q Can mosquitoes be wiped out here? A Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest creatures, killing more than 700,000 people a year. But despite all efforts, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to eradicate them completely. Singapore, for one, is known for its decades of tough vector control, but the insect has nonetheless prevailed. According to entomologist Dr Hwang Wei Song of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, there are more than 3,500 mosquito species in the world. Over 100 species live in Singapore, most of which do..