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With ongoing Zika cases, Florida officials have been doing their best to limit the spread of Zika by killing off the mosquito that carries it and other tropical illnesses like Dengue, Chik-V, and Yellow Fever. While they are claiming success for their efforts spraying from trucks, the truth is Aedes aegypti likes to live indoors, […]

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Where’d Zika Go?

April 19, 2018

Just out of the headlines. With few Americans affected and Zika mosquitoes now a permanent fixture, there’s not much new to say—but it’s still there, and if you’re traveling, or you live in Florida, you should stay aware of the threat.

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Zika in Florida

July 20, 2016

Miami, Florida thinks it has the first locally acquired case of Zika. This is despite efforts to spray for the mosquito. The new case won’t be officially declared US transmission until the CDC confirms it. Zika has peaked in South America, but North Americans are still at risk. The peak has nothing to do with […]

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Waking Up To Global Diseases

November 4, 2015

When you think of an “exotic” disease, you probably aren’t thinking of your own backyard. But America has plenty of tropical climates, almost all of which are popular vacation spots (for people both here and abroad), and they’re increasingly home to disease carrying mosquitoes. For example, Dengue Fever is on the cusp of being a […]

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Right now, beach-goers are being warned to steer clear of Florida’s beaches, especially in the north, where there are unsafe levels of the flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio vulnificus. The bacteria may also be on seafood from Florida, which you should NOT be eating raw (this means oysters and sushi). It’s not an uncommon summer outbreak—heat causes […]

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