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Dengue up sharply over 2019; spraying begins today

Dengue sprayers return to Merida today. Photo: Punto Medio Merida, Yucatan — Ahead of June's expected rains, Mayor...

Dengue cases in Yucatan on the rise

The number of confirmed cases of dengue in Yucatan grew to 66, a significant increase in the virus spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Dengue in Yucatán down 99% over 2017

Only two dengue cases have been registered this year by the state Ministry of Health (SSY), the agency announced.

3 types of mosquitoes to watch out for in Yucatán

At the height of Yucatán's mosquito season, UADY researcher Dr. Julián García Rejón has a stern warning to the public: Don't take it lightly.

Zika-linked microcephaly detected in Yucatán for 1st time

Yucatán's first case of microcephaly associated with zika was confirmed by health authorities on Tuesday.

Protecting your dog when the heat and rain breed parasites

Parasites proliferate when rainy season arrives and temperatures rise, posing a threat to our animal companions.

Coffee’s power against mosquito invasions discovered by UDEM students

Students at the University of Monterrey (UDEM) have discovered properties in coffee that combat mosquito larvae, possibly pointing to a new weapon in the fight against dengue, zika or chikungunya.

As rainy season returns to Yucatán, so does chikungunya

In 2017, the dreaded chikungunya virus appeared gone in Yucatán. Now, just as rainy season begins, two cases have been reported in Peto.

Mérida in center of dengue ‘hot spots’ study

Mérida was used as a model in a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Mexican health officials and researchers, on predicting mosquito-borne outbreaks.

Ready for rainy season, battle against mosquitos starts March 3

The year's first battle against mosquitos, a massive descacharrización in Mérida begins this weekend.

Victories declared in battle against mosquitoes and their diseases

Cleanup campaigns have apparently paid off, with dramatic declines in cases of mosquito-borne diseases.

Dengue up, zika and chikungunya decline, as mosquito battle continues

A new campaign to fight mosquitoes and the illness they can bring began as new statistics revealed both encouraging and disheartening news.

Plant-based Zika vaccine: Safer, cheaper and more potent

Arizona State University has taken a major step forward in boosting Zika prevention efforts.

UADY has project to fight mosquito-borne diseases

Can the state's own university system become a hero in the fight against dengue, zika and chikungunya?

Mosquito-control efforts continue with bulk trash removal dates

To undermine mosquito-driven diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika, this weekend the state Ministry of Health is organizing a descacharrización, bulk trash removal.

Coastal mosquitoes blow in, but no cause for alarm

The "giant" mosquitoes are back, but there's no cause for panic. 

$1M grant will build a mosquito ‘factory’ to fight Zika

A $1 million grant has been awarded to Michigan State University academic to build a Zika-fighting mosquito facility in Yucatán.

How to verify the inspector at your door is legit

While the state sends out anti-mosquito brigades, you can tell for sure if the inspector at your door is real or an imposter.

Let mosquitoes breed, face jail time under new law

Penalties for non-compliance with a new anti-mosquito law start with warning, then a fine, seizing the property, and even 36 hours in police custody.

Dengue cases plummet as vaccine nears

Dengue cases in Yucatán are down 82 percent from last year. Civic cooperation, as well as schools of mosquitofish, are credited.

Pregnant woman, 19, being treated for zika virus

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of zika in a pregnant woman in Yucatán. The patient is a 19-year-old from Kaua, which is 35 kilometers southeast of Mérida.

Battle continues against mosquitoes, vacant lots

The ongoing battle against mosquitoes — and the health risks that follow them — are connected to the city's crack down on vacant lots.

City gets tough on vacant lots as rains approach

With the rainy season fast approaching, and worries about mosquitoes that come with it, City Council has approved more stringent measures to regulate vacant lots.

Homeowners welcome mosquito brigades

Unlike past campaigns, state officials report that residents have been generally receptive to the 5,500-person brigade going door-to-door to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes that spread dengue, chikungunya and zika.