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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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Be Prepared For CHIK-V

July 29, 2014

Chikungunya, the incredibly painful but non-lethal virus that tore through the Caribbean in only (about) 6 months, has now infected mosquitoes in Florida, and at least 2 Americans. Officials aren’t projecting a massive outbreak—but that really depends on how well people avoid mosquitoes. Entomologists aren’t as positive, and are worried that it could carry through […]

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MERS Hits US Soil

May 14, 2014

Vacationing in Florida this summer? You may already be familiar with the Jacksonville area outbreak of tuberculosis. Now, Florida may be dealing with a small MERS outbreak. Healthcare workers were exposed to a patient that was later diagnosed with MERS, and so far 2 have come down with symptoms while another 20 are being tested […]

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Florida is expected to get an influx of gallinippers next summer—a type of mosquito that’s twenty times bigger than normal. While it’s not believed to carry disease, its bite hurts—and it’s active all day and night, not just twilight hours. And yes, there is the benefit that it eats other pests, including mosquitoes. However, few […]

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