University of Florida scientists find way to detect Zika virus in mosquitoes

In PCT Magazine

A University of Florida entomologist is working with other scientists to detect the Zika virus in minutes, rather than days or weeks, allowing for faster and more targeted mosquito control practices and detection in patient samples.

Zika can lead to multiple symptoms in adults, including fever, rash, headache and joint pain. It also can cause microcephaly, a condition that causes infants to be born with a head that’s much smaller than that of a normal baby.  Continue reading

Binational forum in El Paso to address Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases

WHAT:           Binational Forum: Emerging Mosquito-borne Infectious Diseases Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

WHEN:           June 13-14, 2017

WHERE:        El Paso Marriott, 1600 Airway Blvd, El Paso, Texas Continue reading

Information about Zika from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Wizzie Brown, Extension Program Specialist III – Urban IPM at Texas A&M AgriLife wrote the original blog post. You can find it at http://urban-ipm.blogspot.com/2016/02/zika-virus.html

I thought I would jump on the band wagon and get some information out about Zika virus.  This seems to be the latest and (not the) greatest in the news as of late.  Considering that the first case of local transmission was detected within Texas in the past week, everyone needs to know about this so they can take proper precautions. Continue reading

It’s mosquito season again and time for a few reminders

I’m sure many of you have seen dozens of articles about mosquitoes, especially during this time of year. However, since mosquitoes can carry pathogens that cause a variety of serious diseases, I think the tips on ways to prevent mosquitoes in your yard bear repeating.

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