Category Archives: Zika

Living With Zika Effects

Much of the study and worry about Zika is over its potential to cause birth defects including microcephaly. Zika is known to invade the testes and be sexually transmitted in sperm for 80 days. Scientists* have been studying its effects … Continue reading

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Zika Appropriation Update

Congress can not agree on a budget but they did agree on a continuing resolution that contains funds for Zika. 8 months after the Obama administration requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds, Congress delivered $1.1 billion. During the interim, there … Continue reading

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Living With Invasives

The Zika Virus is an example of an invasive species. Originally from Africa, it has now spread around the globe to every continent but Antarctica and hundreds of remote islands. The Zika Virus depends on a mosquito, Aedes aegypti, for … Continue reading

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Zika Update

Florida is making some progress with its aggressive spraying of insecticides to control mosquitos that vector Zika Virus. The Wynwood area north of Miami, the first site of local Zika transmission, has not had a new transmission case in 45 … Continue reading

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Zika Update

Zika Virus continues to persist in mosquito populations in the Miami Beach, FL area. The state of Florida has stepped up aerial spraying of insecticides to kill mosquito adults. The primary pesticide in use is naled, an organophosphate insecticide. Resistance of … Continue reading

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Bees Versus Zika Control

The headlines today are reporting massive bee kills in Dorchester County, South Carolina.  On Sunday, August 28, 2016 the county sprayed the pesticide naled in an attempt to control mosquitos that vector the Zika Virus. Notification, which consisted of a post … Continue reading

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Living With Genetically Modified Mosquitos

Scientific knowledge has advanced technology to a stage where mosquitos can be genetically engineered for sterility. The technology derives from decades of research on Wohlbachia, a strain of bacteria that can produce sterility in many insect species. Wohlbachia is known … Continue reading

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