March 27, 2017
With mosquito-borne illnesses posing an ongoing public health threat around the world, there is a significant need for advances in combating and controlling mosquito vectors. Although outbreaks of Zika virus have brought this particular disease to the forefront in recent years, it is only one of several mosquito-borne illnesses that infect and kill people each year.
“We’re aware of Zika because it is new on the public health radar and it’s a significant issue, but the burden of disease and the amount of illness caused by diseases like dengue and chikungunya in areas around the world is considerable every single year,” Matt Zahn, MD, chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Public Health Committee, told Infectious Disease News. “Having a vaccine that would protect against these diseases and generally against a vector that is one of the larger spreaders of serious viral infections would be a huge advance.”