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Mosquitoes transmit dengue virus more frequently when temperatures rise

Mosquitoes transmit dengue virus more frequently when temperatures rise

Science
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Mosquitoes are more likely to transmit dengue virus on warmer days, according to new research published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.The findings suggest health officials should consider weather forecasts when working to prevent and respond to outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease."If the outdoor temperature is high for a sustained period, dengue prevention strategies should be a priority," Xiao-Guang Chen, a scientist at the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, said in a news release.In the summer of 2014, Guangzhou experienced a significant outbreak of dengue fever. The outbreak coincided with several months of hot weather, with an average high of 86 degrees Fahrenheit.Scientists suspected the weather might have something to do with the ou...
FCC closes virus upload loophole on its website

FCC closes virus upload loophole on its website

Technology
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to secure its website after users discovered they could upload malware to it.On Thursday, security researchers discovered a function connected to the US government agency website's comment system that let them upload files.The site allowed anyone to sign up to obtain a software key that let them upload the files they wanted.The FCC said there was no evidence malware had actually been uploaded."The FCC comment system is designed to maximise inclusiveness and part of that system allows anyone to upload a document as a public comment, which is what happened in this case," the FCC told the BBC. "The Commission has had procedures in place to prevent malware from being uploaded to the comment system. And the FCC is running additional s...