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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...

A better way to kill mosquitoes? Stress them out, researcher finds

There may be a new way to battle the spread of Zika and other deadly diseases transmitted by mosquitoes: Just scare them to death. While many species of mosquitoes are building up resistance to pesticides — which can often kill other unintended victims such as bees — a researcher in Belgium has taken a new approach to trying to kill mosquitoes READ MORE: Mosquito species linked to Zika found in Windsor, no current risk of virus Lin Op De Beeck, a PhD student at the...

1ST 2 DEATHS OF 2016 FROM WEST NILE VIRUS REPORTED IN LA COUNTY

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two elderly men from the San Fernando Valley died from West Nile Virus recently - the first deaths of 2016 from the illness in Los Angeles County, health officials said Friday. The two men were both hospitalized in August and died from West Nile-associated encephalitis, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The county has seen 68 documented West Nile infections in 2016 - a higher number than seen last year by this time. Health officials noted...

4 Tips To Keep West Nile In Check

1. Use repellent and clothing to protect yourself before heading outdoors Wear insect repellent on exposed skin when outdoors.  Remember to apply sunscreen first and then repellent.  The insect repellent should contain one of the following ingredients: DEET (20% or higher) *Preferred repellant for preventing tick bites* Picaridin Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus / PMD  *Follow label directions closely especially for children. Spray clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent. Don't apply this type of repellent to skin or under...

West Nile Virus in Tustin

The Orange County Vector Control District issued this press release: Garden Grove, CA. The first indication of West Nile virus in 2015 has been detected in a sample of mosquitoes collected in the City of Tustin. The mosquitoes were captured on May 13, 2015 near the intersection of Prospect Ave. and Beneta Way. The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) routinely tests groups of adult female mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile virus. “The discovery of West Nile virus...

Top 20 Cities for Worst Mosquito Problems

Most of the top 20 cities for worst mosquitoes are in the southeast. 1. Atlanta 2. Chicago 3. Washington 4. Detroit 5. Houston 6. Raleigh Durham North Carolina 7. Boston 8. Dallas-Fort Worth 9. Charlotte North Carolina 10. Nashville Tennessee 11. Memphis Tennessee 12. Grand Rapids Kalamazoo Battle Creek Michigan 13. Miami Fort Lauderdale 14. Richmond Petersburg Virginia 15. Minneapolis-St. Paul 16. New York 17 Cleveland Akron 18. Greenville Spartanburg South Carolina Asheville North Carolina 19. Albany Schenectady Troy New York 20. Knoxville Tennessee This list is from Orkin, the pest control company and it ranks cities by the number of...

California Sets Record for West Nile Virus Activity

It was a record-breaking year for West Nile virus activity in 2014 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced today. California had the second-highest number of human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2014 since the virus first invaded California in 2003. In 2014, California recorded 801 cases of the potentially fatal disease. In 2005, CDPH detected 880 cases of WNV. The highest number of cases was in Orange County (263 cases) and...

Designer Drugs for Mosquitoes

What is the next step in mosquito insecticide? Designer drugs, not the kind that get people high, the kind that kill mosquitoes. The reason for this is that pest control has historically been important in slowing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. This is from Purdue University: "Purdue researchers have identified a new class of chemical insecticides that could provide a safer, more selective means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis. Known as dopamine receptor antagonists,...

Some Indoor Plants to Keep Mosquitoes Away

If you're thinking that you don't want to spray bug killer around your home to keep mosquitoes away here's a way to keep mosquitoes at bay and make your home even more lovely. As usual we're talking about keeping mosquitoes away. The most important reason is because they carry some very serious illnesses in the form of viruses. We've written about West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever. All of those are either common in California or on their way here. There...

Dead Bird Testing and Hotline – West Nile Virus

West Nile virus dead bird testing and the WNV Dead Bird Hotline will begin on April 15, 2015. We will answer live calls (1-877-WNV-BIRD) and respond to online reports (www.westnile.ca.gov). Agencies can bypass the message options by calling the agency line at (510-412-4601). This will connect you to the hotline operators. If you need to enter a dead bird report and obtain a dead bird number, please use the Gateway. RNAse (RNASound) cards will be tested at the CVEC laboratory again...