Repurposed topical cream may be key to curbing mosquito-borne diseases


Applied within an hour of mosquito bite, the topical cream imiquimod may reduce the chance of transmission of viral diseases such as Zika and dengue, according to a new study. Researchers of the study, published in Science Translational Medicine (Jan 22, 2020; 12(527)), found that the skin cream, when applied immediately after a mosquito bite, helps to activate immune system response.

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