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Invasive Aedes Mosquito Discovered in Long Beach for First Time 2017

Invasive Aedes Mosquito Discovered in Long Beach for First Time 2017 Two invasive Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes were discovered for the first time in Long Beach last week. The Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District (District) joined a dozen members of the Long Beach Health Department (LBHD) in going door to door for property inspections in North Long Beach. To further address this threat, the LBHD is collaborating with the District on mosquito surveillance, public education awareness, and spraying and treatment. While this marks...

CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Illness of 2017

CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Illness of 2017 SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first confirmed illness in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The illness occurred in Kings County. “West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. This year to date, West Nile virus activity has been detected...

Insects Commonly Mistaken for Mosquitoes

How to Tell the Difference Between Mosquitoes, Midges, and Crane Flies The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to avoid mosquitoes. Getty Images/Photographer's Choice/Roger EritjaMost people don't like mosquitoes, given their rather annoying habit of inflicting painful bites that turn into itchy, red welts. Mosquitoes also transmit serious and sometimes deadly diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile virus. Pets, too, are at risk of mosquito-borne diseases, like heartworm. And yet, despite the fact that nearly every person on the planet...

Spring Break Travelers Reminded to Protect Themselves against Zika

Spring Break Travelers Reminded to Protect Themselves against Zika CDC Considers Travel to Mexico, Latin America a Potential Risk for Infection SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises spring break travelers vacationing in warmer climates to protect themselves from mosquito bites and avoid unprotected sex in areas with known transmission of the Zika virus. “Spring break is the perfect time to have fun in the sun, but it is important that people take precautions to prevent Zika,” said CDPH Director...

Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes Have Arrived

One can only imagine the pain and morbidity associated with a disease that is colloquially referred to in many parts of the world as “breakbone fever.” Yet, for the nearly 400 million people infected annually with the dengue virus (DENV), imagination need not be applied as they have experienced the reality of this painful and potentially lethal virus. With no viable vaccine currently in use and a death toll of more than 20,000 per year, mostly children, researchers have continually...

Mosquitoes May Infect You With More Than One Disease In A Single Bite

As if disease-carrying mosquitoes weren’t bad enough in the first place, scientists have found the pesky insects may be able to infect us with two viruses at the same time. A small lab study that exposed mosquitoes to blood infected with varying combinations of dengue, Zika and chikungunya proved that the mosquitoes were able to pick up two viruses — Zika and chikungunya — at the same time. The results suggest that human beings could be infected with both the Zika virus and...

Voters in This Florida County Just Approved GM Mosquitoes to Fight Zika

The first cases of locally transmitted Zika in the continental United States showed up in a Miami suburb nearly four months ago. On Tuesday, the voters of Monroe County, more than 100 miles south, voted 58 percent to 42 percent in favor of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes that could reduce populations of Aedes aegypti, the culprit bloodsucker. One small catch, though: The community of Key Haven, where the mosquitoes would be released, opposed the resolution by a 65-35 margin. The nonbinding...

Human Trials Begin for Army-Developed Zika Vaccine

By Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 — A clinical trial began here yesterday at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where 75 participating healthy adults were vaccinated with a Zika virus vaccine that the institute’s scientists developed earlier this year, Walter Reed officials announced today. Laboratory-confirmed Zika virus disease cases reported to ArboNET by state or territory as of Nov. 2, 2016. ArboNET is a national surveillance system for arthropod-borne virus diseases in the United States,...

Miami Beach Asks FDA for Emergency Permission to Release Anti-Zika GMO Mosquitoes

Aerial pesticide spraying has not eradicated the Zika virus in Miami Beach so far, adding fuel to critics who have warned all along that buildings are too tall and ocean breezes too strong for that method to work there. So the city is resorting to less conventional methods: Officials have now asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to give emergency permission for Miami Beach to release genetically modified mosquitoes to kill off the Zika-carrying bugs. City Manager Jimmy Morales writes in a...