Navigation Links
Protecting US troops against sand flies
Date:11/19/2012

This release is available in Spanish.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are helping deployed American troops protect themselves against sand flies, which are major pests in Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East.

Sand flies are vectors of Leishmania parasites that cause leishmaniasis, a devastating disease for which there is no vaccine or medication. People who are bitten by infected sand flies do not know whether they have the disease until it becomes apparent three or four months later. Symptoms include permanent skin disfigurement and sometimes severe organ damage.

At the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory in Kerrville, Texas, entomologists Andrew Li and Adalberto Prez de Len, along with their colleagues, are studying different methods to kill sand flies. Part of the research is funded by a USDA initiative called the Deployed War-Fighter Protection Research Program, designed to find methods to help protect military personnel against disease-causing insects.

The researchers are screening insecticides to find out which ones are more effective and useful to military personnel and other people affected by this pest. Li is also studying sand fly resistance to pesticides, and is developing a test for detecting the mutations responsible for resistance.

To evaluate new insecticides and repellents, researchers started a sand fly colony, which will also enable them to develop formulations and design diagnostic tools that can rapidly detect sand fly resistance to chemicals. This research is especially crucial for deployed military personnel. It was reported that in one incident, troops in Iraq were being bitten between 100 and 1,000 times per night by sand flies.

Finding solutions to control sand flies is also a priority of scientists at
'/>"/>

Contact: Sandra Avant
sandra.avant@ars.usda.gov
301-504-1654
United States Department of Agriculture - Research, Education and Economics
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Protecting living fossil trees
2. Penn biologists identify a key enzyme involved in protecting nerves from degeneration
3. Protecting your brain: Use it or lose it
4. Wild bees: Champions for food security and protecting our biodiversity
5. Protecting genes, one molecule at a time
6. Softening arteries, protecting the heart
7. UNH research adds to mounting evidence against popular pavement sealcoat
8. UC research: Tracking Lake Erie water snake in fight against invasive fish
9. Young researcher taking fight against global killer to the next level in Vietnam
10. AZM alternatives for apple growers against codling moth
11. Invisible helpers: How probiotic bacteria protect against inflammatory bowel diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/13/2015)... April 13, 2015 According ... "Global Biometrics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020", the global ... of around 14% till 2020. The biometrics market ... scale implementation and review of biometric management systems. ... new products with greater efficiency, are resulting in ...
(Date:4/9/2015)... JOSE, Calif. , April 9, 2015 ... human interface solutions, announced today that it will report ... on Thursday, April 23, 2015, after the close of ... for analysts and investors at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 ...   To participate on the live call, ...
(Date:4/2/2015)... In the current eight ... the strongest competitors, showing outstanding performance in recognition ... is capable of a throughput of 5.000.000 fingerprints ... be ten times faster than most competitors and ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150402/738673-a ) , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Global Biometrics Market to Cross US$ 21 Billion by 2020: TechSci Research 2Synaptics to Report Third Quarter Results on April 23 2DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 2DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 3
... palm tree in Brazil, which under close examination shows ... was the top jury selection among the images captured ... example of what organizers hope participants will produce for ... GigaBlitz events are citizen science projects in which people ...
... PLoS ONE , scientists at the University of ... needed to identify the shape and texture of pollen ... vegetation. Because pollen morphologies often align quite ... pollen allows scientists to better understand prehistoric flora in ...
... are 23 Oreo-sized, cartilage-filled discs that hold the vertebrae together ... critical for movement, they can become the source of back ... problem that affects 85% of Americans and drains the U.S. ... A new biomedical device to surgically treat chronic back pain ...
Cached Biology News:Citizen scientists to document biodiversity with high-resolution imagery during summer solstice 2Evaluation of microscopy techniques may help scientists to better understand ancient plants 2BYU engineers conceive disc replacement to treat chronic low back pain 2
(Date:5/1/2015)... May 1, 2015 Pfenex Inc. (NYSE ... the development of biosimilar therapeutics including high value ... its first quarter 2015 financial results will be ... open of market. At 8:30 am Eastern Time, Pfenex ... the financial results and provide a business update. A ...
(Date:5/1/2015)... LONDON , May 1, 2015 ... following equities: Genetic Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ: GENE ... Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO ), ... Inc. (NYSE: PKI ). Free research report ... http://get.Investor-Edge.com/pdf/?c=Genetic%20Technologies&d=01-May-2015&s=GENE . On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the ...
(Date:5/1/2015)... Md. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ... UTHR ) announced today that Roger Jeffs , ... provide an overview and update on the company,s business at ... in Boston, Massachusetts . The ... 3:30 PM Eastern Time, and can be accessed via a ...
(Date:4/30/2015)... , April 30, 2015   Tamir Biotechnology , ... an update on its Ebola antiviral therapy program. ... candidates, TMR004, is currently being evaluated and considered by ... battle against Ebola. During the first quarter of 2015, ... Meeting To Accelerate The Evaluation of Potential Treatments and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Pfenex To Report First Quarter 2015 Results and Provide Business Update on Thursday, May 14, 2015 2Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 2Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 3Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 4Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 5Tamir Biotechnology Provides Update on TMR004 Development Against Mutating Ebola 2Tamir Biotechnology Provides Update on TMR004 Development Against Mutating Ebola 3Tamir Biotechnology Provides Update on TMR004 Development Against Mutating Ebola 4
... University chemist Krzysztof Matyjaszewski are using electricity from a ... widely used method of creating industrial plastics. The environmentally ... Science , represents a breakthrough in the level ... which will allow for the creation of even more ...
... Conn.Fuel cells have been touted as a cleaner solution ... from cars to computers. But one reason ... of endurance. Over time, the catalysts used even in ... reaction that converts fuel into electricity. In addition, current ...
... launched the 2011 Bio NC® Hotbed Campaign this ... and across North Carolina. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040907/CLTU006LOGO) ... campaign participant,s logo is added to an electronic and printed ... industry events or career fairs. "We have ...
Cached Biology Technology:Carnegie Mellon researchers electrify polymerization 2Carnegie Mellon researchers electrify polymerization 3Novel nanowires boost fuel cell efficiency 2BioSpace Highlights North Carolina's Life Science Regions 2