Can Antiviral Agents Help Immune Systems Fight Mosquito-Borne Dengue? (UF/IFAS Blogs)

Can Antiviral Agents Help Immune Systems Fight Mosquito-Borne Dengue?

Can the dengue virus be prevented using antiviral agents such as antibiotics or vaccines? Before considering that step, University of Florida scientists are taking a closer look at whether mosquito immune systems can be influenced enough to fight the virus as a control method.

Ultimately, UF/IFAS scientists are trying to find a way to prevent Aedes aegypti from getting infected with the dengue virus.

In a new study, scientists at UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (UF/IFAS FMEL) looked at how the immune system of the Aedes aegypti mosquito responds when exposed to two antiviral agents. Scientists gained much-needed insight into the physiology of the species, its immune system response to agents against the dengue virus, and their next steps to develop new control strategies to keep people from getting the disease.

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