TSU geneticists will learn out how tropical mosquitoes are moving


TSU Biological Institute scientists are investigating the determinants of the spread of parasitic invasions in Russia - dirofilariasis and setariosis. The carriers of these diseases are malaria mosquitoes. These helminthiases are characteristic of Mediterranean countries and Africa, but recently they have begun to occur in areas with a colder climate, in particular,  Western Siberia. TSU scientists are carrying out large-scale research to find out which types of mosquitoes are involved in the transmission of the infectious agent and what factors contribute to the spread of the disease.

Animals more often become victims of dirofilariasis, but people are also susceptible to this disease. In Russia, as a rule, there is a subcutaneous form of it and in addition to this, the organs of vision can be affected and extremely rarely the heart and lungs. Setariosis (common in Europe and Central Asia) affects cattle, small ruminants, and horses. Sometimes this leads to the mass death of animals. Human infections also occur.

- The advancement of dirofilariasis in northern latitudes is associated by most researchers with  global warming. Climate transformation causes not only a geographical shift in the optimal conditions for the development of the parasite, but also the migration of infected animals, and the carriers of the invasion themselves - mosquitoes, says Gleb Artyomov, head of the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology at the Biological Institute.

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