Entries by Cole Smithes

Mosquitoes Capable of Carrying Zika Are On The Move

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new data in the Journal of Medical Entomology, indicating that mosquitoes capable of spreading the Zika virus are being found in more areas of the country than initially reported. This specific species capable of carrying the Zika virus (Aedes Aegypti mosquito) is generally limited to southern states, […]

Zika in U.S. Gulf Coast Could Cost $1.2 Billion

A 1% attack rate of Zika on the Gulf Coast would “have a vast economic impact of more than $183 million, including $117.1 million in direct medical costs and $66.3 million in productivity losses” (Lee) according to a computational model developed by Bruce Y. Lee, MD, associate professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins […]

Zika Virus Causing Brain Issues in Adolescents

Zika has been projected to relate to “increased incidence of neurologic manifestations, including Guillain-Barré Syndrome, meningoencephalitis, and memory loss.” After an adolescent traveled to a Zika virus–endemic island in the southern Caribbean in the summer of 2016, the teen began to experience Zika-related symptoms (sore throat, headache, diffuse scarlatiniform rash, joint pain, confusion, and short-term […]

Researchers Discover Zika Stopping Molecule

A molecule that prevents the spread of the Zika virus has been identified by researchers at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Alexey Terskikh, an assistant professor at the institute, and SBP professor Alex Strongin published this finding in the journal Antiviral Research saying, “We identified a small molecule that inhibits the Zika virus […]

Deet is Being Found in Our Water

Chemicals from the products we use (shampoo, conditioner, body soap, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.) are finding their ways into our environment. Traces of chemicals have been found polluting surface water, ground water, and even some drinking water. A recent study provided enough information to prove chemicals, such as Deet (from insect repellent), have found their way […]

Lyme Disease is Surging in the United States

Lyme disease is steadily on the rise in the United States. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that about 300,000 people have Lyme disease each year.” Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through deer ticks, which can be repelled with an effective insect repellent. This disease is much closer to us than […]