What Do Mosquitoes Look Like?

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: October 6, 2017

A Close Look at These Annoying Pests Just Might Prove Quite Interesting When was the last time you took a close look at a mosquito instead of immediately swatting it? Most people have never attempted to examine mosquitoes to see exactly what they look like. If you were to study the aesthetics of mosquitoes, you would find significant differences between them. So, what do mosquitoes look like? There are more than 3,000 different types of … continue reading.

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The CDC Zika Page

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: December 9, 2016

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus), but can also be spread during sex by a person infected with Zika to his or her sex partners. Many people infected with Zika won't have symptoms, but for those who do, the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, … continue reading.

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Texas reports first case of Zika likely from local mosquitoes

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: December 1, 2016

Texas officials announced Monday that a woman who tested positive for the Zika virus is likely the first case transmitted by a mosquito in the state. The woman lives in the Rio Grande Valley’s Cameron County on the far southeastern tip of Texas on the Gulf Coast and Mexican border, according to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services. The patient said she has not … continue reading.

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Zika counts rise in Florida as more nations note microcephaly

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: November 18, 2016

Florida officials have confirmed more locally transmitted Zika, and Argentina and Guadeloupe have reported their first congenital microcephaly cases. Ongoing spread in Miami Beach, Little River The Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) reported six new cases of locally acquired Zika yesterday and today. Yesterday the Florida Health reported three new locally acquired cases of Zika, and one new case in a non-Florida resident who had recently traveled to Miami. Two of the local cases … continue reading.

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Florida’s Surgeon General dispatched a letter to Miami Mayor demanding a comprehensive breakdown for combating Zika

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: October 28, 2016

One day after the nation’s top-ranking infectious disease expert praised Miami-Dade for its response to a local Zika outbreak, Florida’s Surgeon General dispatched a letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez demanding a comprehensive breakdown of spending, specific data on mosquito surveillance and a plan for combating the virus’ spread through winter and into next year. Noting that Florida has budgeted $12.1 million to help Miami-Dade pay for the costs of responding to Zika — including aerial … continue reading.

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Mosquitoes even more of a problem after Hurricane Matthew.

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: October 20, 2016

St. Johns County, FL - Mosquitoes have become even more of a problem in Florida after Hurricane Matthew, Anastasia Mosquito Control has received more than 1,000 calls a day about mosquito problems since the storm. "I live on the marsh. It's a constant battle, but that's Florida. That's just the way it is," St. Johns County resident Andrew Romaine said. "Especially after a hurricane -- a lot of standing water and stuff like that -- … continue reading.

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Protests in Miami Beach against the use of Naled

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: September 23, 2016

Miami-Dade should stop using Naled to fight Zika The insecticide, Naled, which was sprayed over an area of Miami-Dade County twice last week and is due to be sprayed again this weekend in an effort to stop the spread of the Zika virus, is a potent neurotoxin that kills adult mosquitoes on contact. The protesters who disagree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local governments’ assurances that it is safe, are justified … continue reading.

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Top 5 facts you should know about mosquitoes

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: September 2, 2016

Mosquitoes have a nasty habit of biting us when we are trying to enjoy the great outdoors. But it’s not just annoying, mosquitoes can actually be dangerous. Here are the Top 5 facts you should know about mosquitoes before you head out for your next hike and plan for a way to keep them at bay. 1. There are more mosquitoes on this planet than humans. It’s probably not surprising that mosquitoes outnumber humans. There … continue reading.

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First known case of female-to-male Zika transmission announced

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: July 15, 2016

In another startling Zika development, the first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of the Zika virus has occurred in New York City, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. Up until now, it was thought that the only likely route of sexual transmission was male-to-female or male-to-male. The surprising development prompted the CDC to immediately change its guidance for pregnant women in relation to the virus. Even though no cases of woman-to-woman Zika … continue reading.

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Are you a mosquitoes magnet?

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: July 12, 2016

Mosquitoes are nasty, irritating insects whose presence can easily ruin an otherwise perfect time. The way they buzz and swarm all around, waiting to land on some warm body to bite, is enough to drive anyone insane. The worst part about the pesky blood suckers are the diseases they carry, which they transmit straight into your body and bloodstream when they bite. Every year worldwide almost 700 million people end up contracting a mosquito borne … continue reading.

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