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Visit to a friend’s house spreads Dengue virus

The mosquito that spreads the dengue virus is a homebody that infects visiting friends and relatives.

The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread dengue fever tap into the domestic networks of humans, along with their bloodstreams, finds a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The data from Iquitos, Peru, shows that the trail of the most rapid transmission of human infections does not lead through large, public gathering places, as might be expected, but from house-to-house, as people visit nearby friends and relatives.
 
 

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