Category Archives: Health

Zika Update: June 2017

The good news on the Zika front is that transmission has been decreasing in the Caribbean including Puerto Rico. The unanswered question: Is lower transmission a seasonal effect due to mosquito phenology? Or is the reduction more permanent. CDC has … Continue reading

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Living With Lyme Disease Expansion

Reports of Lyme Disease cases in the United States have increased over the last 2 decades. Lyme Disease is the most prevalent tick borne disease of humans in the US. In infected people, Lyme disease invades tissues of the body. … Continue reading

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Living With False Beliefs

The Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain contain a diversity of ecosystems including forests. The Spanish government has a Forestry Management Service that is responsible for the care and maintenance of forested areas. The forests are known for the … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Pine Processionary Caterpillars

Caterpillars of the Pine Processionary Moth, Thaumetopoea pityocampa, have ruined many a vacation in the French countryside. These caterpillars produce urticating hairs that can elicit an allergic reaction in people and animals who contact them. The setae on the posterior … Continue reading

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Living With Gazalina

Adult female moths in the genus Gazalina produce urticating hairs that can have profound human health effects. These tussock moths in the family Notodontidae are found in South Asia including India, Nepal and China. Populations increase during the monsoon season … Continue reading

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Living With Leishmaniasis

Visceral leishmaniasis is transmitted by biting phlebotomine flies (aka sand flies). The disease is spreading to urban areas in parts of Brazil. ¬†Leishmaniasis is a neglected disease in countries such as Brazil because the disease mostly affects poor people with … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Lice Watch

Head lice are a public health issue and requires participation from the public to be effective. If all groups are engaged in checking and eliminating head lice, then the public will experience reduction in risk of infestation. The most effective … Continue reading

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