The Zika threat continues to be topical here in July.
In fact, the topic has spread galactically in recent days.
NASA has recently become involved mosquito research with the hope of figuring out the actual threat posed by the mosquito-borne illness.
The story starts with Dr. Chris Barker of UC Davis. He is working with a team of researchers to design computer models that will examine the likelihood of mosquito-borne viruses spreading to the United States from Latin America and the Caribbean.
His team is building the computer models using data provided by NASA’s satellite observations.
“What we are doing is looking at factors driving outbreak potential and some of those are which mosquitoes can transmit it (and) what they are biting,” Barker told a news outlet. “There are a lot of other parameters that are affected by climate.
“Temperature drives the incubation periods of the viruses in the mosquito, which is a big limiting step,” he explained. “So if it’s too cool for any of these viruses, it doesn’t matter how many mosquitoes you have, they’re not going to transmit it very efficiently.
“And in the same way, there are mosquitoes that you can take into the lab and show that they can transmit a virus, but if they don’t bite humans frequently enough to matter, then we wouldn’t care.”
The research is not just for Zika. Mosquitoes are also known to transmit West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and dengue.
Here in Western Michigan the mosquitoes are biting. While Mosquito Shield of Western Michigan may not have satellites and the help of NASA to track the Zika threat or the direction of mosquito migration, we do have a product that will send them the other way.
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