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  • Mosquito in waiting
    Preventing mosquito bites the gardener's way
    “Nature itself is the best physician.”—HippocratesIts summertime and the living would be easier if it were not for those tiny nuisances that cause big havoc. Mosquitoes are not just pesky creatures that cause irritatingly itchy...
  • WNV-infected horse recovering in St. Croix County
    WNV-infected horse recovering in St. Croix County
    A Quarter Horse mare, the first Wisconsin West Nile Virus (WNV) equine case of the year, is recuperating under veterinary care in St. Croix County. The four-and-a-half-year-old horse was apparently unvaccinated.Badger State veterinarians urge...
  • Overcoming fear of vector borne diseases!
    Overcoming fear of vector borne diseases!
    As travel increases worldwide, many are increasingly becoming afraid of contracting vector-borne diseases, especially if they have no idea of what should be done in the event they are bitten or stung by a disease carrying insect. Apart from...
  • Mosquito
    8 ways to protect against West Nile Virus
    Two new cases of West Nile Virus in humans were reported in Los Angeles County in the week preceding Aug. 15, 2014, bringing the total reported cases to three for 2014. There were no fatalities.West Nile Virus is spread by infected mosquitoes,...
  • July 22 CDC map shows geographic distribution of Chikungunya
    Mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus claims more U.S. states
    With 82 confirmed cases in Florida, the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) is a growing concern for U.S. families. The July 22 update from Centers for Disease Control (CDC)reported a total of 497 reported chikungunya...
  • Aedes mosquito
    What you need to know about the chikungunya virus
    On July 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first known case of thechikungunya virus that was seemingly acquired within the United States. From 2006 to 2013, an average of 28 people per year in the U.S. have contracted...
  • First confirmed case of chikungunya in America
    First confirmed case of chikungunya in America
    We've heard the warnings about West Nile virus, but you may not have heard as much about the mosquito born disease chikungunya. That's because it hasn't been in the U. S., at least until now.Thursday theCenters for Disease Control and...
  • This is good weather for not getting West Nile virus
    This is good weather for not getting West Nile virus (Video)
    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began the start of West Nile season in May of this year, at which time they awarded West Nile virus prevention grants totaling almost $3 million to 92 certified local health departments throughout...
  • Rain and mosquitoes: Is West Nile Virus threatening Houston?
    Rain and mosquitoes: Is West Nile Virus threatening Houston?
    Despite frequent rainfall and flourishing mosquitoes, West Nile Virus has not been a problem for Houston residents so far this year. However, mosquitoes have tested positive in several areas so the virus is out there. Preventive measures are...
  • What Lurks in Your Backyard Could Kill You
    What Lurks in Your Backyard Could Kill You
    I was visiting my sister in Homestead recently, when I made an ugly discovery. My very own sister was contributing to the mosquito population!We were sitting out by the pool early one morning, enjoying a cup of coffee (she a cup of green tea), and...
  • Mosquito Larva
    Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, the Coming Threat
    Dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, those are diseases found in third world countries, right? Places like Africa and Malaysia, where people are poor and can’t afford screens and air conditioning and medicine and vaccines, and the mosquitoes...
  • A case of Chikungunya, mosquitoes spread virus
    Chikungunya case: New virus spread by mosquitoes in U.S. territory, no vaccine
    A new Chikungunya case has been reported in U.S. territory, as health officials have confirmed this week that the virus — which is most commonly spread by mosquitoes and has no vaccine — has been locally spread to a native individual....
  • Natural Way to Control Mosquitoes
    Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away
    Hot humid weather is an invitation for mosquitoes to set up housekeeping. With the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky just getting into the hot summer season, here are several ways to prevent mosquito bites naturally and cheaply.1. Plant mosquito...
  • Warning to Floridians traveling to the Caribbean
    Warning to Floridians traveling to the Caribbean
    Warning to Floridians traveling to the Caribbean - stay away from mosquitoes!This month a serious mosquito-born virus with a hard-to-pronounce name (click to hear) has infected at least 10 Floridians who traveled to Dominica, the Dominican...
  • Mosquito control planter
    Control ants, squirrels and mosquitoes
    If critters like ants, mosquitoes and squirrels are invading home and garden spaces, there are some natural methods to keep them away. They are well worth trying before resorting to chemicals toxic to humans and pets.For ants try one of these...