County health officials on Thursday reported the case involves a Laguna Heights resident who sought testing at a county clinic. The individual is believed to have contracted the virus through a mosquito bite. “Based on the information that we have, the source of the transmission appears to be mosquito-borne that took place several months ago.
“Officials in Texas reported what they believe is a case of mosquito transmission of the virus within the state’s border, the first within the continental United States this year. If correct, it would be the first known instance of local mosquito transmission within the continental United States this year.” (A) This past April – “The
“With 4.5 million people in a hot, muggy metropolis built atop a bayou, America’s fourth-largest city, Houston, is a perfect target for the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But it may be better prepared than any other urban center to stop an outbreak. The city last year increased its mosquito-control budget by 33 percent. Officials are testing
Last Fall I was tested for Lyme disease after the summer in a tic infested area only to find that I had West Nile sometime in the past. Last month I read that the West Nile virus was found in New York City. “The New York City Health Department says it had detected the first
It was 1952 and we lived in Haddonfield, New Jersey and the public swimming pool was closed for the duration. A town in full panic! So today’s New York Times article on a polio outbreak in Syria is particularly disconcerting. Polio Paralyzes 17 Children in Syria, W.H.O. Says (A) “The polio virus, once thought to
DOCTOR tracked ZIKA last year and proposed the designation of REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS. It seems that when it was an isolated mainland event in south Florida, public concern disappeared and public health authorities breathed a sigh of relief. Even though we now know that more ZIKA outbreaks are likely and that the consequences
Lesson Learned from recent EBOLA and ZIKA episodes. We need to designate REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS (REVRCs). 1. There should not be an automatic default to just designating Ebola Centers as REVRCs although there is likely to be significant overlap. 2. REVRCs should be academic medical centers with respected, comprehensive infectious disease diagnostic/ treatment