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  • Deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war

    06/30/2017 10:35:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/30/2017 | Stephen Matthews
    A deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war, billionaire Bill Gates warns. In a hard-hitting new documentary, the world's richest man said a killer bug could wipe out 10 million people without warning. Footage seen by MailOnline, set to be aired next week, shows the philanthropist's worries towards the danger of disease-carrying mosquitos. An outbreak could mimic the damage of the Ebola epidemic in late 2014 or the burden of that of the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003, experts worry. Climate change warming the planet is allowing for mosquitos to spread from their usual habitats,...
  • About Mosquito(soon to air on Discovery)

    06/17/2017 11:02:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies
    discovery.com ^ | 6/16/2017 | Unknown
    Upcoming Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO is a timely in depth look at this very tiny, very dangerous creature, and how it is changing in unpredictable and unprecedented ways. The film chronicles the increasing global threat this tiny animal poses while emphatically raising the points that without an international coordinated effort, the world and its citizens are at risk for a historic pandemic that could put billions at risk of a fatal infection. The global crisis is highlighted in the worldwide premiere, Thursday July 6 at 9P, on Discovery Channel and Discovery networks around the world. Mosquitoes kill more than 1...
  • WHO says 3 Zika cases detected in India for 1st time

    05/28/2017 9:57:40 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 5/28/17 | NIRMALA GEORGE
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has reported three cases of the Zika virus for the first time, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies. Health Ministry officials said Sunday that the three patients in western Gujarat state had recovered. "There is no need to panic," Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a top health ministry official, told reporters. The World Health Organization said in a statement released Friday that the three cases that India reported to the WHO on May 15 were detected through routine blood surveillance in a hospital in Ahmadabad, Gujarat's capital. Two cases were detected in February and November...
  • Zika-infected mosquitoes lay Zika-infected eggs (in lab)

    08/29/2016 3:00:23 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    theverge ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rachel Becker
    Mosquito moms can transmit zika virus to their offspring — at least in the lab, a new study shows. If this also happens in nature, the virus might be able to survive in tough mosquito eggs even when cold weather, dry spells, and pesticides kill off the infectious adults. Mosquitoes can transmit viruses in the same family as Zika, such as yellow fever and dengue, to their offspring — but it wasn’t clear whether this was also true for Zika. So scientists led by Robert Tesh, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, injected Zika virus into approximately...
  • Vehicle spraying a mist or fog in Dallas Texas neighborhood.

    08/26/2016 11:45:05 PM PDT · by TLI · 97 replies
    self ^ | August 27, 2016 | self
    Just observed a vehicle with bright flashing yellow lights proceeding at about 5 mph spraying a fog or mist at about a 45 degree up angle on my street at 1:41 am. Spray mist went up about 8-9 feet above ground level. I listen to the local news extensively and there has not been any mention of this activity on any radio station in any form.
  • Does Zika Warrant Bringing Back DDT?

    08/06/2016 4:29:09 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 118 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 August 2016 | John F. McManus
    Jane Orient, M.D., serves as the Executive Director of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). This Arizona-based organization attracts conservative-thinking doctors and frequently finds itself in disagreement with the well-known American Medical Association.Dr. Orient has issued a call to start using DDT in the fight against the Zika virus. Her stand places her in marked contrast to an assortment of leftist environmentalists and their political allies. To them, DDT is harmful. But examination of the claims that DDT adversely affects people, plant life, and fish shows the worries to be unreasonable if not completely false.Created in 1874 by...
  • Florida confirms 10 new Zika infections, most in single day

    Statewide total climbs to 246 confirmed Zika cases in Florida this year No cases of local transmission by mosquitoes, health department says First child born in Florida with Zika-related birth defect reported this week ====== Florida health officials confirmed the largest number of new Zika infections in a single day on Friday with 10 people affected, raising the statewide total to 246 cases this year, including 43 pregnant women. The new cases were announced on the same week that state officials reported Florida’s first baby born with a Zika-related birth defect. The baby is at least the fifth child born...
  • CDC Official Says 'Thousands' May Have Arrived in US With Zika

    05/24/2016 1:28:58 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 24 replies
    abcnews ^ | 5/24/16 | Gillian Mohney
    Federal health officials today said they believe "thousands" of people may have contracted the Zika virus before returning to the U.S. as they remain concerned that the virus might start to have ongoing transmission in the U.S. Speaking at a panel at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the Zika virus remains "pretty concerning" for experts as they learn how it affects pregnant women. "The reality is one bite, and if you’re pregnant, your baby might be harmed," Schuchat said at the panel today....
  • Zika outbreak fuelled by mosquito control failure, says WHO boss

    05/23/2016 9:56:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan. Speaking at the agency's annual World Health Assembly, Dr Chan said experts had "dropped the ball" in the 1970s with regards to getting a handle on disease-carrying insects. More than 60 countries and territories now have continuing Zika transmission. Most recently, the infection, spread by mosquito bites, reached Africa. ... Eradication campaigns were successful in the Americas with 18 countries getting rid of the insect by 1962. But insecticide resistance plus a lack of political will...
  • Mosquito Control Experts Say EPA Regs Hamper Efforts to Fight Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

    05/11/2016 5:00:25 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/11/16
    Members of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to request the help of Congress in combatting the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, particularly urging Congress to ease the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of insecticides and products being developed to kill the mosquitoes. Karl Malamud-Roam, Public Health Pesticides Program Manager at Rutgers University, said at the “Mosquito Control to Minimize Zika Virus Risk” event that the tools in place to confront the Aedes breed of Zika-carrying mosquitoes were “okay, we will do a good job with the tools we have, they’re good...
  • Dengue vaccine proves 100% effective in human trials

    03/19/2016 9:01:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    Wired UK ^ | 3-17-2016 | K.G ORPHANIDES
    An experimental vaccine against the dengue virus has been found to protect 100 percent of recipients in a clinical trial carried out by the USA's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In the NIAID trial 21 people were vaccinated with TV003, while 20 received a placebo. Six months later they returned to be infected with a mild version of dengue-2. All 21 people who'd received the vaccine were protected against infection. All 20 members of the placebo group contracted dengue. A modified version of the vaccine is now being developed in an attempt to treat the related Zika virus....
  • Zika Virus: Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment CDC

    03/18/2016 10:07:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Centers For Disease Control ^ | 03-18-2016 | Staff
    Symptoms Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease because they won’t have symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week. See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to a place where Zika has been reported....
  • Zika Prompts Pleas for DDT

    02/22/2016 5:18:15 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 22 February 2016 | Rebecca Terrell
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has sparked a global scare over a tropical virus outbreak that officials say is worse than last year's Ebola epidemic, which killed 11,000 people in Africa. They predict the Zika virus could infect as many as four million people by the end of 2016. "Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively," warned WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in January. She told her executive board in Geneva that the "level of alarm is extremely high," and on February 1 declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.For...
  • Disturbing link investigated for Zika outbreak [Matthew 24]

    02/01/2016 12:48:11 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/31/2016 | Staff
    (MIRROR UK) – The Zika virus outbreak currently gripping the Americas could have been sparked by the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012, critics say. The insects were engineered by biotechnology experts to combat the spread of dengue fever and other diseases and released into the general population of Brazil in 2012. But with the World Health Organisation(WHO) now meeting in Geneva to desperately discuss cures for the Zika virus, speculation has mounted as to the cause of this sudden outbreak. The Zika virus was first discovered in the 1950s but the recent outbreak has escalated alarmingly, causing birth...
  • WHO meets to decide if 'explosive' Zika virus is a global emergency ... worse than Ebola

    02/01/2016 6:31:41 AM PST · by Rockitz · 30 replies
    DailyMail.co.UK ^ | 31 January 2016 | Daily Mail Reporter and Press Association
    The World Health Organization will meet today to decide whether the Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge of serious birth defects should be considered a global emergency on the scale of Ebola. The UN health agency warned last week that the mosquito-borne disease was 'spreading explosively' in the Americas, with the region expected to see up to four million cases this year. Experts also fear the warm weather system El Nino will fuel the outbreak by increasing the mosquito population. Brazil sounded the alarm in October, when a rash of microcephaly cases, a devastating condition in which a...
  • Researchers compare 'natural' mosquito repellents to DEET

    10/28/2015 12:46:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    phys.org ^ | 10/28/2015 | by Josh Lancette &Provided by: Entomological Society of America
    Every summer while preparing for long weekends at our family cabin in the north woods of Minnesota, we'd face the same dilemmas. What food should we bring? Is SPF 50 sunscreen enough protection? And, most importantly, which mosquito repellent should we buy? If we picked the wrong kind, we'd be opening ourselves up to evenings of constant swatting by the campfire and nights of uncontrollable itching. Protection from the unofficial state bird, the mosquito, was not something to take lightly. However, while itchy limbs might be annoying, Minnesotans don't have much to worry about from mosquitoes, except for the occasional...
  • Deadly Central American mosquito found in San Diego-Transmits dengue hemorrhagic fever

    11/03/2014 5:28:15 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | Aaron Klein
    In an alarming development, an aggressive mosquito capable of transmitting the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever and other serious diseases was reportedly found in San Diego, California, for the first time this week. Many of the viruses the mosquito can spread are endemic to Central America and Mexico. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, or by its scientific name the Aedes aegypti, the insects were found in offices at San Diego’s 32nd Street Naval Station, the Los Angeles Times reported. The same kind of mosquitoes were found Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in the Los Angeles-area counties of Commerce and Pico Rivera....
  • Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County

    10/20/2014 7:29:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Veronica Rocha
    A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The Aedes aegypti species, which has black and white stripes and grows to about a quarter-inch in size, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever -- viruses that can cause painful symptoms including headaches and high fever, officials said. "While these debilitating viruses, so far, aren't locally...
  • This Summer, Make Your Own Natural, Mild, and CHEAP Mosquito Repellent:

    07/22/2014 7:16:48 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Cutter's ain't bad, but not cheap either...  and that Off stuff is kinda nasty- try this homemade one instead: __________________________________________ Combine in a 16 oz bottle: 15 drops lavender oil 3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract 1/4 Cup lemon juice. Fill bottle with water, shake, and you're good to go- __________________________________________ h/t Kirby
  • U.S. Officials Keep Close Eye On ‘Miserable’ Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus

    06/16/2014 8:57:43 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 6-16-2014 | CBS
    CDC: Cases Confirmed In 15 States, Including N.Y., With 25 In Florida Alone June 16, 2014 6:19 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — First there was West Nile virus. Now health experts are warning about another virus carried by mosquitoes. The chikungunya virus — or “chik-v” — has sickened tens of thousands of people throughout the Caribbean with high fever and severe pain. Now Americans are coming down with it, too, and there’s fear that it will spread, CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson reported. “This is not a fatal infection; it’s just a miserable infection,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of Vanderbilt...