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(Time)   In news that anyone with an IQ higher than Jenny McCarthy's should love to hear, researchers announce that a new vaccine appears to offer total protection from malaria, which kills about 600,000 people annually   (healthland.time.com ) divider line
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2013-08-11 02:05:52 AM  
I contracted malaria when I was 18. It was 6 months before I felt like I was fully over it. If I ever get the chance to choose between contracting malaria and getting hit by a truck, I'm gonna go with the truck.

West Nile fever had me for 5 weeks late last year.

Damned mosquitoes...
 
2013-08-11 02:17:59 AM  

simplicimus: Great Porn Dragon: And they reason they're called "crazy ants" is that they tend to move around erratically (imagine drunk ants and you get an idea)...otherwise, they're pretty much piss-ants from hell.

Are they as aggressive and painful as fire ants, or just an annoyance?


Not as aggressive (as in stinging en masse), but unlike fire ants they DO have a strong tendency to set up shop in houses--and often by the millions (remember, this is a species which tends to engage in massive multi-queen colonies) and quite often in things like computers and electronics boxes.  Oh, and said ants tend to try to kill the electronics boxes and computers (by stinging them to death) when the inevitable ant ends up getting electrocuted...which can, well, lead to pretty much ants short-circuiting the electric box or computer or other electronic equipment they've made a nest in.

Have I mentioned that crazy ants in general are inordinately attracted to electronic equipment? :P  (Yes, I've known someone who had a crazy ant infestation...in their electric shaver, to the point the ants let the farking magic smoke out and almost set their bathroom on fire.)

So...let's see...stingy aggressive ants that primarily stay outside in known mounds, or not-so-aggressive but massively-colonising piss-ants from hell that will happily and preferentially set up shop in your computer and will sting the shiat out of your hand by the millions when the farking things end up letting smoke out of the computer because one of the workers got electrocuted.

Hmmm.  Let me think on that for a while...having worked in a computer shop in past for a Major Computer Motherboard Manufacturer Repair Facility (that pretty much dealt with everything save for Apple and eMachines and Acer kit) where we would occasionally get chassis in with such lovely things as dead mice and colonies of cockroaches (including the occasional palmetto bug--so thankful I was NOT in the part of the factory where they stripped motherboard chassis from the rest of the PC)...I think I'll take the nice, polite ants that DON'T infest computers, thank you. :P
 
2013-08-11 05:37:27 AM  
I've got in-laws galore somewhere  P. falciparum is common, and in the ~6 years between the time I first became friends with my now-wife and the time we got married and she moved over here, she had to be treated for malaria at least once or twice.  And as cheap as doxycycline is, remembering to take it every day and stay out of the sun when visiting her side of the family is inconvenient.  So I guess I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2013-08-11 07:18:23 AM  

simplicimus: Great Porn Dragon: simplicimus: Great Porn Dragon: Very interesting response. Thanks.
Here in Texas (and other states, I imagine), we spray every summer to curtail mosquito borne West Nile Virus. While I yearn for the extinction of all mosquitos, I wonder what the effect on other species would be. Bats and Dragonflies come to mind, but there may be others.

Honestly, that would be my worry with mosquito eradication efforts (as in "screwfly solution" Highly Effective Methods) too--there's such a diversity of wildlife that relies on mosquitos (not just dragonflies and bats, but a fair number of species of fish feed off mosquito maggots in the water) that one would have to be VERY careful to ensure a particular disease vector is restricted to just ONE species of mosquito AND hope that species isn't a keystone species. (There is rather less of an issue with this re screwworms.)

On a different species, I have noticed that the fire ant population here around Houston has been drastically reduced. I don't know of any specific scientific effort involved, but there's been a marked change in the last 5 or 6 years. May be a result of the WNV spraying or something else.


Fire Ants have been driven out by another invasive species of ant that out competes them for resources,but I can't remember what species or from where (sorry). There may also have been eradication efforts that helped, but don't know what.
 
2013-08-11 07:21:11 AM  

Great Porn Dragon: simplicimus: Great Porn Dragon: simplicimus: Great Porn Dragon: Very interesting response. Thanks.
Here in Texas (and other states, I imagine), we spray every summer to curtail mosquito borne West Nile Virus. While I yearn for the extinction of all mosquitos, I wonder what the effect on other species would be. Bats and Dragonflies come to mind, but there may be others.

Honestly, that would be my worry with mosquito eradication efforts (as in "screwfly solution" Highly Effective Methods) too--there's such a diversity of wildlife that relies on mosquitos (not just dragonflies and bats, but a fair number of species of fish feed off mosquito maggots in the water) that one would have to be VERY careful to ensure a particular disease vector is restricted to just ONE species of mosquito AND hope that species isn't a keystone species. (There is rather less of an issue with this re screwworms.)

On a different species, I have noticed that the fire ant population here around Houston has been drastically reduced. I don't know of any specific scientific effort involved, but there's been a marked change in the last 5 or 6 years. May be a result of the WNV spraying or something else.

Actually, there HAS been a reduction in fire ant populations in Texas specifically (this is good)...unfortunately, it's specifically because another invasive ant has come in (this is bad)--the tawny crazy ant, native to Argentina and Brazil, which also tends to be rather incredibly invasive in homes and ALSO tends to kill off the native ants...oh, and is also unattracted to the usual avermectin-containing ant baits, trends STRONGLY to multiqueen colonies, and is resistant to pretty much all the usual insecticides used against ants (this is almost "we'd rather have the multiqueen fire ant colonies" bad, seeing as crazy ants have a BAD tendency to get into things people like such as electronics).  And yes, Houston is actually the area where introduced tawny crazy ants were first discovered--not shocking at all that the fire ant populations have crashed, as the crazy ants pretty much have taken over in Houston as the Major Ant Pest Issue.

(In fact, the tawny crazy ant was formerly known colloquially as the Rasberry crazy ant--after the particular exterminator who found homes infested with them in Houston back in 2002.  Most documentation in Texas still has them listed as the Rasberry crazy ant, so most of the info via county extensions and the like would still list that name and not the actual "official" name of tawny crazy ant.  And yes, this is one of those examples of "new species we're finding even in places where people live"--it gained the official name of "tawny crazy ant" when it was found to be a new species of ant...discovered out of the things setting up ant colonies in electrical boxes (yes, really) and killing off the fire ant population.)

And they reason they're called "crazy ants" is that they tend to move around erratically (imagine drunk ants and you get an idea)...otherwise, they're pretty much piss-ants from hell.


Yeah...^what he said.
 
2013-08-11 05:28:42 PM  
sinanju:

As a person who will fill two malarone prescriptions this year for travel to the subcontinent and SE Asia, I welcome the news.

If you want a quick $45 in exchange for a small tube of blood, the Red Cross has a malaria study going on.

They won't accept your blood donation for a year, but they have that study going on. Found that out when I went to Nepal.
 
2013-08-11 06:54:57 PM  

flondrix: If true, this is a big farking deal.


This
 
2013-08-11 08:20:42 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Aquapope: HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.

A vaccination is treating the cause of a disease.  You knew that, right?

Vectors, how do they work?
Mosquitoes carry the malaria virus. Mosquitoes are the vector.
Letting the vector live is like telling people to stop washing their hands because we can treat their inevitable resultant sickness with a shot.


So you're saying that we should kill all potential vectors of a disease?  And you don't immediately see the logical conclusion of your premise?

You're not very bright, are you?
 
2013-08-11 10:21:17 PM  
Or.... DDT could have controlled the problem so 600k were not lost every year.

Nice to have a vaccine, tho. Great job.
 
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