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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland in the U.S. have found another environmental factor that can influence the virus within the mosquito: a common species of fungus. We spoke with Professor George Dimopoulos about the Talaromyces fungus that lives in the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes’ gut. He explained how it makes the insects more susceptible to dengue infection – and could potentially improve their ability to transmit the disease.

“This common fungus makes the mosquito more susceptible to infection by the dengue virus and could, potentially, also influence the mosquito’s ability to transmit the disease,” says George Dimopoulos, Ph.D., Professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

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