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

Mosquito-borne Diseases Risk Mapping – Spatial and Temporal Modeling with Geospatial Analyses

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A postgraduate research training opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). The appointment will be served with the Systems Exposure Division (SED) in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Position number: EPA-ORD-NERL-SED-2016-07

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Texas confirms locally transmitted Zika case

Even though winter is arriving in the South, residents should not get complacent about protecting themselves from mosquito-borne viruses. PCT Online reported last week that a locally-transmitted case of Zika has been discovered in Texas.

“Lab results confirmed the virus in a non-pregnant female resident of Brownsville last week,” the article says. “She has not traveled to an area where the virus is circulating and has no other known exposure to the virus that would have put her at risk for infection.” Continue reading

Rio fights Zika with biggest release yet of bacteria-infected mosquitoes

In Nature online

by Ewen Callaway

Two South American metropolises are enlisting bacteria-infected mosquitoes to fight Zika, in the world’s biggest test yet of an unconventional yet promising approach to quell mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia bacteria — which hinder the insects’ ability to transmit Zika, dengue and other viruses — will be widely released in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Medellín, Colombia, over the next two years, scientists announced on 26 October. The deployments will reach around 2.5 million people in each city. Continue reading

Free Collection of articles on Aedes albopictus [Asian tiger mosquito] – Journal of Medical Entomology – Sept 2016 issue

This collection of scientific papers is particularly timely because of the potential involvement of Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, with Zika virus.

In particular, these 4 may be of general interest to an IPM audience  – 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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North Carolina’s first case of EEE this year confirmed in Brunswick County

See the original story at channel 6 WECT

North Carolina’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for 2013 has been reported in connection to the death of a Brunswick County horse at the beginning of July, according to a spokesperson for Brunswick County Health Services.

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