outer limits

Bugs Are the Worst Part of Going Outside and Climate Change Is Making It Worse

Bug spray will soon be as ubiquitous as sunscreen. Long sleeves in hot weather will lose their dorky reputation.
Rosemary Westwood
hurricane maria

Disease-spreading mosquitoes could soon overrun Puerto Rico

“The mosquito population is already coming out, and it’s making life impossible,” said a former Navy entomologist in San Juan.
Christina Sterbenz

‘Six Months Of Hell’: Zika Is Hitting Some Travellers Harder Than Expected

A new study finds that a group of Canadian travellers experienced severe complications more often than anticipated.
Kate Lunau

How Canadian Scientists Plan to Fight Zika With Old Tires and Milk

A low cost, environmentally friendly trap will help curb the spread of mosquitoes.
Amanda Roth
Opinion and Analysis

Zika Virus, 'Ghostbusters,' and the Strange New Normal of Tropical Disease Pandemics

The current epidemic of Zika virus infection in the Western Hemisphere is actually just the latest in a decade-long wave of worldwide disease outbreaks.
Peter Hotez

The Mosquito That Started Today's Zika Outbreak in Brazil Was Killed Off 50 Years Ago

Brazil’s government has declared “war” on the Aedes aegypti mosquito but conditions have changed since the country eliminated the insect in 1958, when it was spreading yellow fever.
Donna Bowater and Fernanda Turino

Virus Suspected of Shrinking the Heads of Brazilian Babies Arrives in Puerto Rico

After prompting Brazilian officials to worry that it was causing babies to be born with abnormally small heads and brains, the Zika virus has turned up in Puerto Rico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory.
Sydney Lupkin

Climate Change Is Helping to Spread Deadly Viruses

As average, global temperatures increase, animals are moving into new habitats, carrying with them deadly diseases that are increasingly infecting humans.
Meredith Hoffman
asia & pacific

Painful Chikungunya Outbreak Reaches French Polynesia

The excruciating mosquito-borne virus has reached now the French archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. And its spreading like wildfire.
Virgile Dall’Armellina

The Chikungunya Virus Is Expected to Make Its US Debut This Summer

Those hit by the virus may wish they had died as they curl up in agony from the pain that resembles arthritis, a purplish-red bumpy rash.
John Dyer