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  • Prevent Mosquito Bites (While Traveling)

    09/22/2017 7:27:52 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 54 replies
    CDC ^ | CDC
    Mosquito bites are bothersome enough, but when you consider risks, like getting sick with Zika, dengue, or chikungunya, it’s important that you choose an insect repellent that works well and that you feel comfortable regularly using. Protect yourself when traveling: Learn about country-specific travel advice, health risks, and how to stay safe by visiting CDC Travelers’ Health website. Use insect repellent: Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.DEETPicaridin, also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel,...
  • Estimated range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States, 2017

    09/22/2017 7:19:22 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 28 replies
    Estimated range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States, 2017* Prevention of mosquito bites is the best defense. Geographically, the 75% of the range includes approximately 85% of the U.S. population. CDC has updated the estimated range maps for Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes by using a model that predicts possible geographic ranges for these mosquitoes in the contiguous United States. The model used county-level records, historical records, and suitable climate variables to predict the likelihood (very low, low, moderate, or high) that these mosquitoes could survive and reproduce if introduced to an area during the...
  • 1st Case Of Locally-Acquired Dengue Reported In Miami-Dade County

    09/28/2016 9:39:02 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 11 replies
    CBSMiami.com ^ | September 28, 2016 | Giovanna Maselli
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida health officials have confirmed the first case of locally acquired Dengue fever in Miami-Dade County. The infection is primarily spread through bites of infected mosquitoes. The person infected with the virus has already received medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are investigating close contacts around the person to make sure more people are not infected. Miami-Dade Mosquito Control says they are conducting aggressive mosquito control efforts in the area of concern. Dengue fever can present itself as a flu-like illness with muscle aches, pain, fever and sometimes a rash. The...
  • Concern in Puerto Rico over the Mayaro Virus

    09/23/2016 8:39:42 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    ElVocero.com (Spanish) ^ | September 19, 2016 | El Vocero news team
    [Puerto Rico] Health Secretary Ana Ríus Armendáriz spoke about the possibility that the mayaro virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, may arrive to the island. This comes following the reporting of the first case in Haiti, which may result in spreading to the Dominican Republic, and, subsequently, to Puerto Rico. "It has a low incidence [and] produces severe pain. Once this virus reaches the Dominican Republic, it is a matter of time before it gets here," Ríus said during an interview with [radio station] WKAQ 580. The mayaro virus, which is common in the tropical zones of...
  • 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...
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

    07/28/2016 3:12:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 4:57 PM EDT
    The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, officials in the British Island territory said. Genetically altered male mosquitoes, which don’t bite but are expected to mate with females to produce offspring that die before reaching adulthood, were released in the West Bay area of Grand Cayman Island, according to a joint statement from the Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit and British biotech firm Oxitec. …
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes clear key hurdle for Key West test

    03/11/2016 11:26:51 AM PST · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Mar 11, 2016 | Jenny Staletovich
    The release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys cleared a significant hurdle Friday when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced they pose no significant environmental danger. The preliminary findings, to be published in the Federal Register, will be open for public comment for the next 30 days. But the initial federal review likely clears the way for a long-delayed field trial by British producer Oxitec in the tiny affluent neighborhood of Key Haven a mile east of Key West. Pitched as a safer, more affordable way of battling Oxitec’s modified male mosquitoes are engineered to produce offspring...
  • Was Zika outbreak caused by release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil?

    01/31/2016 5:46:50 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 58 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | January 31, 2016 | ELLE GRIFFITHS
    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 defects and a...
  • Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes to Fight Zika Virus

    01/30/2016 10:26:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Jan 29, 2016 09:45 AM ET | Tracy Staedter
    Transmitted through the sting of an infected mosquito, the virus can cause a birth defect called microcephaly in newborn babies. The rare condition shrinks the brains of unborn babies and could affect as many as 4 million people before a vaccine is developed. But scientists at the biotech firm Oxitec, based in the U.K., have an alternative plan. They want to unleash armies of gene-hacked mosquitoes into Brazilian jungles to seek and destroy the disease-carrying insects. The genetically modified mosquitoes wouldn't fight the Zika carriers in probiscus-to-probiscus combat. In fact, these mosquitoes make love, not war. That's because the mosquitoes,...
  • West Nile Fogging Kills Hundreds of Bees in Palo Alto

    08/18/2015 10:14:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/18 | Michelle Roberts
    The negative side effects of pesticides sprayed during mosquito season to reduce the risk of West Nile virus appears to have made its way onto the Peninsula. A Palo Alto bee keeper said many of his bees died after spraying last month. Neighbor Upset About Noisy Preschool Puts 'Shut Up' Sign in Window Denise Bonilla from he Santa Clara County Vector Control said an extremely low dose of pesticides are used during fogging and are only sprayed when necessary. "We want to make sure we only fog the are where there is West Nile virus activity," Bonilla said. A mosquito...
  • Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys

    01/25/2015 9:42:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2015 11:36 AM EST | Jennifer Kay
    Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. […] Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130,000 signed a Change.org petition against the experiment. Even potential boosters say those responsible must do more to show that benefits outweigh the risks. […]...
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    09/01/2014 10:54:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 1, 2014, 9:17 AM | Kevin Loria
    In a TED 2014 talk earlier this year in Vancouver, microbial ecologist Rob Knight explained that the bacteria, or microbes, on skin produce different chemicals, some of which smell more attractive to mosquitoes. [....] But there's an equalizer for those that naturally draw swarms of mosquitoes. The same pests are attracted to beer drinkers.
  • 9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Mosquito Bite

    09/01/2006 5:44:24 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 41 replies · 2,064+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | September 1, 2006 | AP
    9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Mosquito Bite John Fontaine Got Eastern Equine EncephalitisPOSTED: 7:44 am EDT September 1, 2006 UPDATED: 8:12 am EDT September 1, 2006 BOSTON -- A 9-year-old Middleboro, Mass., boy died from Eastern equine encephalitis Thursday. He is the state's first EEE fatality this year. John Fontaine developed a fever on Aug. 18 and was hospitalized two days later. His two-week battle with EEE ended at Boston Children's Hospital Thursday morning. Middleborough was among the communities in southeastern Massachusetts that have undergone two rounds of aerial spraying to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus. The first round...
  • Deadly mosquito virus reported in eastern Mass.

    07/21/2014 12:46:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    wwlp ^ | Nick Bannin
    LONGMEADOW, Mass (WWLP) — While Saturday wasn’t too hot or humid, like most of our summer has been, 22News found that our recent weather conditions have contributed to the arrival of a potentially deadly disease in the Bay State. Mosquitoes: we’ve talked about them for months, and for the first time this year mosquitoes have infected someone in Massachusetts with eastern equine encephalitis, or triple E. The Massachusetts Department of Health just confirmed that a July 15th laboratory test in Plymouth County has tested positive for EEE, a dangerous virus that can cause inflammation of the brain and in one...
  • DDT Is Only Real Weapon to Combat Malaria

    10/28/2005 9:41:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 613+ views
    FOX News ^ | 10.27.05 | Steven Milloy
    During the few minutes you spend reading this column, malaria will kill six Africans and sicken about 3,000 more, mostly children and pregnant women -- a rate of more than one million deaths and 500 million illnesses annually among the 2.2 billion people who live in malarial regions like Africa. There’s legislation moving through the Senate right now intended to reduce this tragic toll.U.S. taxpayers spend about $200 million annually on malaria control efforts. Ironically, almost none of this money is spent to kill or repel the mosquitoes that spread disease. The money is instead spent on anti-malarial drugs and...
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    05/24/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2014 | Kevin Loria
    It's Memorial Day weekend, which means the time for barbecues and nights outside has begun. But, unfortunately, it's also the time that mosquitoes see as open season to dine on humans.If you can't spend a summer night outside without slapping your ankles — and you still end up with dozens of mosquito bites — then it might be true that the flying pests really do love you.And those lucky people who say they don't get bitten? They exist too.But it's not because one person's blood tastes better to the small hovering bloodsuckers — or at least, not just that. In...
  • Viral mosquito-borne disease lands in Broward County (Fla.)

    05/22/2014 4:38:17 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 26 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | May 16, 2014 | Emily Miller
    Broward is one of three Florida counties to have a confirmed case of a viral mosquito-borne disease called chikungunya fever. According to the Florida Department of Health, three women who recently traveled to the Caribbean, including a 29-year-old from Broward County, have been diagnosed with the disease, which is transmitted solely through mosquito bites and is not typically fatal. A 30-year-old woman in Miami-Dade County and a 44-year-old woman in Hillsborough County have also been diagnosed with the disease, which according to the department has made its way to the Caribbean from Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian Ocean...
  • Five Unexpected Benefits of the Cold

    01/29/2014 12:33:07 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 1-29-14 | Kristin Rodman
    With unrelenting cold bearing down on the nation, some may dread the dead of winter. However, the cold also brings with it some surprising benefits. 1. Reduced Number of Tree-Killing Bugs Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive inspect species is known to feed on the bark of trees as larvae, ultimately cutting of the trees water and nutrient supply and resulting in the death of the tree. However, low temperatures bring hope for ash trees, as lower temperatures are known to kill more of these insects, according to U.S. Forest Service Research Biologist Robert Venette. "Around minus 20 F, we typically...