Monday, May 29, 2017

Zika virus

In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitos collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women. The first volunteer ...
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus. The Houston Chronicle reports that Harris County, Texas, officials are negotiating ...
In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, a Sucre municipality worker fumigates for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE For the first time, doctors have tied infection with the Zika virus to possible new heart problems in adults. The evidence so far is only in eight people in Venezuela, and is not enough to prove a ...
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine — one that acts against the bugs’ saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new approach ...
a rainfall checker

Q. Is it known how much rainfall we have here in a given year?  Marsha, Naples A.  Andy Holland, P.E., Engineering Manager with the city of Naples Streets & Stormwater Department said, “The City of Naples receives an average annual ...
This 2016 digitally-colorized electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus, in red, about 40 nanometers in diameter.

As zika control efforts have reportedly been very successful in the Miami region where it is believed the virus originated in the United States, Collier County leaders are staying vigilant with respect to mosquito control efforts. Leadership Collier, a local ...
In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo of aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia.

State health officials Wednesday reported six new “travel related” cases of the Zika virus, as the total number of such cases neared 1,000. In travel-related cases, people are infected with the mosquito-borne virus elsewhere and then bring it into Florida. ...
In this July 26, 2016 file photo, a newborn baby with microcephaly rests at a maternity ward of the University Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)

BY MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. study of Zika-infected pregnancies found that 6 percent of them ended in birth defects. The rate was nearly twice as high for women infected early in pregnancy. It’s the first published ...
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Saying part of Miami Beach has been cleared, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration announced Friday that Florida does not have any identified areas where the Zika virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes. The newly cleared area spanned about 1.5 square miles ...
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

BY JAMIE STENGLE DALLAS (AP) — Four more cases of Zika that were likely transmitted by mosquito bites in Texas have been found in the same neighborhood where the state’s first such case was discovered, state health officials said Friday. ...
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