March 13, 2013 |
They call it "break-bone fever" because of the agonizing muscle and joint pain it causes, while extremely severe cases can trigger internal hemorrhaging. Although the mosquito-borne dengue virus was thought to be fully eradicated in the continental United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday that the tropical disease had indeed returned. In a study published in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases , authors identified Key West, Fla., as ground zero for transmission of dengue in the U.S..
January 15, 2013 |
David Bowie and Justin Timberlake aren't the only musicians returning to active duty this spring. Just days after debuting two new songs at a show at the Glass House in Pomona, New York's Yeah Yeah Yeahs announced Monday that they'll release an album, "Mosquito," on April 16, the post-punk band's first since "It's Blitz!" in 2009. Like "It's Blitz!," the upcoming disc was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and Nick Launay, who's also worked with Nick Cave and the Cribs , among others.
November 1, 2012 |
JUAZEIRO, Brazil - Under normal circumstances, Cicera Maria da Silva would be less than excited about a researcher intentionally releasing thousands of mosquitoes just outside her husband's corner grocery store. Mosquitoes here are not just a ubiquitous annoyance; they spread deadly diseases, including dengue fever, which struck Da Silva's mother a year ago. But that's why she's OK with the truck that passes through this poor corner of Brazil a few times a week and pours so many of the winged creatures into the hot streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2012 |
A second person in Los Angeles County has died of West Nile virus this year, and 54 cases of the illness have been reported locally, public health officials announced Tuesday. The latest death prompted the county health department to renew warnings for people to take precautions and reduce their exposure to mosquitoes, which can transmit the virus through their bites. Health officials said the two who died were both in their 80s and lived in the southeastern part of the county.
September 10, 2012 |
West Nile virus has caused symptoms in at least 1,993 Americans and killed 87 so far this year. And it's unlikely that this virus, which humans contract from infected mosquitoes, will be getting any less dangerous in the near future. Though the CDC believes that this year's caseload has probably peaked, a group of public health officials writing in the new edition of Annals of Internal Medicine explains why West Nile has been so deadly this year. West Nile virus made its first appearance in the United States in 1999, when the virus, which had previously affected people in Uganda, Algeria and Romania, arrived in New York City.
August 16, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- In a move to stop a deadly outbreak of the West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes, aerial pesticide spraying was set to begin Thursday night over wide swaths of Dallas County, prompting debate among some residents about safety. The decision to arm small planes with a pesticide that officials said posed no health risks came as Texas grappled with 465 West Nile infections and 17 deaths. The outbreak led officials in Dallas city and county, the hardest hit region in the state, to recently declare a state of emergency.