August 18, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Planes equipped to battle the West Nile outbreak in Texas have been grounded by rain, delaying the aerial application of pesticide targeting the deadly virus that has prompted a state of emergency in Dallas County, officials said. So far, Dallas County has reported 242 West Nile infections and 10 deaths, making it the epicenter of a statewide surge in infections. Texas has reported 552 cases and 21 deaths, by far the highest tally nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
August 18, 2012 |
Airplanes loaded with pesticide have taken to the skies above Dallas to combat the West Nile virus, which has infected at least 552 people in Texas and killed 21, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services . The number is a significant increase from years past: Last year, two died from West Nile in Texas, and seven the year before that. Medical experts, including some with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shared tips and information on the disease with the Los Angeles Times.
August 14, 2012 |
HOUSTON - Dallas County officials have declared a state of emergency after the West Nile virus infected at least 190 people, killing 10, as the nation's worst outbreak hits Texas. An unusually warm winter and rainy spring in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and elsewhere in Texas has provided ideal conditions for breeding mosquitoes, West Nile carriers, officials said. The emergency declaration in Dallas clears the way for state money and resources to fight the outbreak. In the coming days the county will deploy small planes for aerial insecticide spraying over hard-hit neighborhoods, in addition to ground spraying already underway.
August 10, 2012 |
A new type of swine flu has infected at least 145 people, mostly children, since July 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's a significant jump from the 12 cases confirmed by the agency last week. "We're seeing a big increase, and we think it's a real increase," said the CDC's Dr. Joseph Bresee in a Thursday update on the virus, which people have contracted after contact with pigs at county fairs. So far, most of the illnesses have been mild: Two people have been hospitalized this year and nobody has died.
August 3, 2012 |
The California Department of Public Health has announced the state's first fatality of the year due to West Nile Virus. An 88-year-old woman from Kern County died after being infected by the virus, which is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. “This unfortunate death reminds us that we must protect ourselves from mosquito bites to prevent West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne infections,” Dr. Ron Chapman, the department's director, said Friday in a statement from the agency.
July 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug Monday that could dramatically reduce the risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, among high-risk groups. Truvada, a little blue pill taken once a day, was shown in clinical studies to slash transmission of the virus by up to 75%. "This is a big step," said Marjorie Hill, chief executive of the AIDS group GayMen's HealthCrisis. "If people are looking for the magic bullet, the cure-all, we don't have it yet. What we do have is an increasingly growing tool kit. " Many HIV and AIDS researchers and activists say the pill is a promising way to reduce new infections, which have remained stubbornly high for years.
June 21, 2012 |
Scientists have created versions of the H5N1 bird flu that spread easily among mammals through droplets in sneezes and have concluded that it is certainly possible the deadly virus could trigger a global pandemic in humans. Writing in Friday's edition of the journal Science, Dutch researchers laid out for their fellow scientists - and the public - precisely how they engineered bird flu strains that were contagious in ferrets, laboratory animals often used as proxies for people in influenza research.
June 14, 2012 |
There has been lots of excitement this week as a horde of scientists released their first looks at the trillions of microbes that live in (or on) our bodies. As well as the two main papers published in Nature, a slate of reports was published in other journals, containing all kinds of tidbits. One week earlier, another slate of “microbiome” papers was published in the journal Science. We already covered the nuts and bolts of the Human Micriobiome Project report.
June 13, 2012 |
After five years of toil, a consortium of several hundred U.S. researchers has released a detailed census of the myriad bacteria, yeasts, viruses and amoebas that live, eat, excrete, reproduce and die in or on us. Described in two papers in Nature and a raft of reports in other journals, the data released Wednesday describe microbes of the skin, saliva, nostrils, guts and other areas of 242 adults in tiptop health. The $170-million, federally funded Human Microbiome Project also cataloged the genes contained within this zoo of life.
May 17, 2012 |
The Angels lost Thursday because they couldn't see into a blinding sun and because pitcher C.J. Wilson couldn't seem to find home plate. The Chicago White Sox took advantage, using sun-caused misplays and six walks in less than four innings by under-the-weather Angels starter Wilson to earn a 6-1 victory at Angel Stadium. Wilson, battling a stomach virus he said nearly caused him to pass out in the first inning, fell behind, 1-0, in the third on a two-out walk to Paul Konerko and a run-scoring single to right field by A.J. Pierzynski.