Controlling Mosquito Vectors of Zika and Other Diseases
Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on our planet
Each year mosquitoes infect hundreds of millions of people with a variety of debilitating illnesses (e.g., malaria, dengue fever, West Nile fever, yellow fever, Chikungunya fever) leading to over 500,000 deaths. Zika virus is the most recent mosquito-borne disease to take the world by storm. Although not as deadly of a disease as malaria, Zika infection has been linked to devastating birth defects in newborns (e.g., microcephaly) and a rare disorder of the immune system (Guillan-Barre syndrome). Vaccines and therapeutics to prevent and treat Zika and many other mosquito-borne diseases are not available. Thus, the only universal avenue for limiting their spread is to control the mosquitoes that transmit the diseases.
We are working towards novel, improved ways to control mosquitoes
We are an integrative team of students and researchers in the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State University attempting to 1) better understand the biology of mosquitoes to identify new mechanisms for disrupting the mosquito life cycle, 2) discover and develop effective, environmentally-friendly insecticides for mosquito control with novel mechanisms of action, and 3) monitor mosquito populations and the diseases they harbor to reveal what mosquito-borne threats are lurking, identify where mosquito control efforts need to be focused, and prepare for the next emerging mosquito-borne threat to public health.
Your donation will expedite progress
We ask for you to please join our team and support the efforts of our student researchers who are working towards better mosquito control. Your generous donation will provide key supplies, materials, and reagents necessary for students to advance their work. Please check back for updates on their projects and thank you for your support!