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Zika Virus and Outdoor Workers: Include Insect Repellent on your list of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

by Greg Huber, University of Georgia

Inherently, agricultural and outdoor workers experience a greater risk of mosquito bites that can vector illnesses such as chikungunya, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, and Zika virus disease.  The Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend using EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol to protect workers against these infections. Fact sheets and posters have been released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) outlining the Zika virus to promote education and communication regarding practices to reduce worker exposure. Continue reading

CDC School Health fact sheets released

Today, the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health released 11 new fact sheets from the 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study, available at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/shpps/results.htm. Each fact sheet summarizes results from either a specific topic or a specific component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Continue reading

Remain Calm: Kissing Bugs Are Not Invading The US

Authored by Gwen Pearson. This article was first appeared on WIRED, 12.03.15.

CHILL. KISSING BUGS ARE not invading North America. They’ve been here for at least 12,000 years, probably longer. The link between Chagas disease and kissing bugs (Triatoma) is real, and Chagas disease is a serious, untreatable disease you do not want to acquire. But nothing other than a recent burst of media attention is, well, news.

I talked to Dr. Sue Montgomery, leader of the epidemiology team in the CDC Parasitic Diseases Branch, as well as some key US researchers on Chagas disease. I also checked with several Insect Diagnostic Clinics around the US. Everyone agreed: There is no evidence that new infections of Chagas are increasing in the US, or that the insects that transmit the disease have increased or changed their range. The disease itself is extremely rare; fewer than 40 human infections have occurred in the US since 1955. Continue reading

First Chikungunya case acquired in the United States reported in Florida

Seven months after the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya was recognized in the Western Hemisphere, the first locally acquired case of the disease has surfaced in the continental United States. The case was reported today in Florida in a male who had not recently traveled outside the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working closely with the Florida Department of Health to investigate how the patient contracted the virus; CDC will also monitor for additional locally acquired U.S. cases in the coming weeks and months.

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Tick-borne disease video available

Thanks to Anna Perea, Technical Communications Specialist of CDC and Connie Austin, DVM of IDPH, last September’s tickborne diseases webinar is now available at www.cdc.gov/ticks, or at the link below:

http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html#video

New virus transmitted by ticks

A new virus that has infected people in Missouri and Tennessee has been identified as Heartland virus. Because it’s a virus, it cannot be cured with antibiotics. The best cure for this virus is prevention. All but one person infected by the virus has recovered; one died due to additional risk factors.

The virus is transmitted by the Lone Star tick. To see a picture of the Lone Star tick, visit our Pinterest page.

See both the Entomology Today blog post and the CDC webpage on Heartland virus.

Travelers beware: Chikungunya Virus in the Caribbean

If you’re planning to get away from the cold this holiday season and cruise to the Caribbean, be sure you read the Center of Disease Control’s warning about Chikungunya virus in St. Martin.

The most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes.

For more information, see Entomology Today’s blog post.

Read the CDC’s travel alert.

Launch of 2013 Asthma Friendly Schools Champion Awards

Through support from Genentech and the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Lung Association is excited to launch the 2013 Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) Champion Awards.  The AFSI Champion Awards recognize schools that have taken positive strides to create a healthier learning environment using the strategies outlined in the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative. Silver and Gold level winners are schools that have gone above and beyond to protect the health of their students, faculty and staff.

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EPA and CDC Host Conference on IPM and Tick-Borne Disease March 5-6, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control will co-host the Tick-Borne Disease Integrated Pest Management (TBD-IPM) Conference on March 5-6, 2013, at the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs in Arlington, VA (2777 South Crystal Drive Arlington, VA 22202).

  • March 5: Federal Partners Only (Room S4370/4380)
  • March 6: Researchers, Partners, Stakeholders and the Public (1st Floor Conference Center)

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CDC issues advisory about misuse of pesticides for bed bugs

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label.

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