How To Stop Chikungunya


The mosquito-borne disease chikungunya infected more than one million people in 2014 (including actress Lindsay Lohan), and is continuing to spread across the globe. But a new study from scientists at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) suggests a strategy for squashing the disease.

Eradicating mosquito-borne diseases is notoriously tricky. Countries around the world are home to the same types of mosquitos, which means that if someone is bitten and infected with a disease while on vacation, they might return home and be bitten by native mosquitos. Those mosquitos may mate or bite someone else, spreading the disease. That’s how chikungunya, which causes debilitating joint pain, appears to have hopped around the globe in recent years.

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In their new study, the researchers looked specifically at the spread of chikungunya in Panama. They observe that it started in…

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