Mosquito-borne diseases discussed at A&M workshop

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Dozens of scientists gathered over the weekend to discuss mosquito-borne diseases.
In a first of it's kind workshop held at Texas A&M,  the focus was on how bugs resist insecticide, a popular substance used for killing insects.
Diseases like Zika or West Nile threaten not only the human population but plants and animals as well.
In the workshop, researchers paired up to discuss a solution to solving the problem.
"The ultimate goal is to reduce our exposure and our threat to things like Zika. And Zika's just one of the new viruses that has made it's way to the Americas. We have 600 of these viruses that we know about and they are going to find a way into new environments," said entomologist David Ragsdale. 
Scientists say they need more funding to expand their research as Zika and other mosquito diseases spread.
 

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