Category Archives: Health

Regulating Insect Contamination II

Not all insect contamination of food is the same. Although most insects are not harmful, some can cause illness or medical harm. For example, some dermestid beetle larvae have barbed hairs that serve as protection against predation. The hairs can … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Bites

Hospitals in Warrington, UK (near Manchester) report that dozens of people every day have been seeking treatment for insect bites at hospital emergency rooms.  The insect bites are not life threatening and will go away if given time for the … Continue reading

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Living With Plague

In all of 2016, there were 4 cases of bubonic plague reported from New Mexico. In June 2017, 3 cases have been reported already that have required hospitalization. Public health officials are trying to determine the environmental factors related to … Continue reading

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Living With Venom Allergies

Allergic reactions to insect venoms are a health hazard for many people. Those with known sensitivities can carry doses of epinephrine. Many beekeepers keep EpiPens.  These have made news over alleged manufacturer price gouging.  Less expensive alternatives are available such … Continue reading

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Weather Channel Warning

The Weather Channel provides information on severe weather, storms, floods, earthquakes and other natural phenomena that may disrupt daily life.  They have added a new warning:  Fire Ants.  Tropical Storm Cindy left flooding in its wake including many areas containing … Continue reading

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Living With Ornamental Plants

Ornamental plants that stay green in the winter can be aesthetically pleasing additions to office spaces, coffee shops and foyers. Sitting next to a Florida palm tree can trigger memories of a tropical vacation. What could go wrong? Inspectors in … Continue reading

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Living With Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever was first described from patients in the Rocky Mountain Region but is more prevalent in the Southeastern United States. A band from North Carolina to Oklahoma defines the states with the highest frequency of cases. It … Continue reading

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