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Cooler Temperatures Make Mosquitoes More Dangerous
2013-06-04 12:39:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers wrote in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases that weather could be influencing the transmission of the West Nile virus and other mosquito-related disease. The scientists said mosquitoes living in cooler temperatures have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to dangerous viruses and more likely to transmit them to people. They said this connection is significant in light of global climate...

Three New Cases Of MERS-Coronavirus Confirmed In Italy
2013-06-03 08:59:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a statement released over the weekend, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is continuing to spread, with three new cases now confirmed in Italy. Italy´s Ministry of Health notified the WHO via the EU´s Early Warning Response System (EWRS) on Saturday about the first confirmed case of MERS-CoV in that country. The patient is a 45-year-old man who recently...

First Report Of Novel Coronavirus In Africa Brings Global Case Count To 43
2013-05-22 07:14:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tunisia´s Ministry of Health has reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) that the novel coronavirus (nCoV) has shown up on its doorstep. A 66-year-old Tunisian man has died and at least two family members who had contracted the infection have since recovered. This marks the first time nCoV has shown up in Africa. The Ministry told WHO that it had confirmed two cases in the laboratory and was still looking into a third...

African Mongoose Carries Disease Deadly To Humans
2013-05-15 12:31:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from Virginia Tech has identified the banded mongoose as one of the biggest public health threats in Africa. According to their report in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health, the mongoose carries a deadly disease called leptospirosis that spreads easily to humans. Often misdiagnosed as malaria, leptospirosis usually begins with a fever and can progress into liver failure, meningitis and...

Second Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In France
2013-05-13 04:50:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As French health officials confirmed a second case of the new SARS-like novel coronavirus (nCoV) in that country on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that they believe it is likely that the illness can travel from person to person following prolonged exposure. According to Reuters reports, officials with the French Healthy Ministry said the new infection was found in a 50-year-old man who had shared a hospital...

2013-05-10 23:24:16

Diseases contracted from tick and flea bites are common this time of year. In an attempt to increase awareness, Sovereign is hosting a pet photo contest for a chance to win an extermination service for fleas, ticks and fire ants. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 10, 2013 Sovereign Pest Control is offering residents of Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, a year of Pet Lovers´ Extermination Service to the contestant´s photo with the most votes. Please visit...

French Health Ministry Confirms Three New Cases Of Novel Coronavirus
2013-05-10 12:50:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two days after French health officials confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (NCoV) in their country, a spokeswoman for the regional health authority of Northern France said two health care workers who cared for the 65-year-old infected man are under surveillance on suspicion of being infected as well. Beatrice Degrugillers said a doctor and nurse were hospitalized Thursday night and are continuing to be monitored closely....

2013-05-10 11:47:31

A large scale, five year study of mosquitoes from different ecological regions in Kenya, including savannah grassland, semi-arid Acacia thorn bushes, and mangrove swamps, found a reservoir of viruses carried by mosquitoes (arboviruses) that are responsible for human and animal diseases. This research, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Virology Journal, highlights the need for continued surveillance in order to monitor the risk of disease outbreaks. Over 450,000 mosquitoes...


Latest Zoonoses Reference Libraries

Paragonimus westermani
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paragonimus westermani is a species of fluke, or flatworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species is abundant in South America and Asia and affects the lungs of humans and other hosts. It was first discovered in 1878 in Europe after two Bengal tigers died. In 1879, Ringer found this species in the lungs of a human. Manson and Erwin von Baelz identified the sputum and eggs separately in 1880, after which Manson asserted that a snail was most likely the worm's...

Eye-worm, Loa loa
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The eye-worm (Loa loa) is a species of roundworm within the Nematoda phylum. It can be found in India and Africa, among other areas. This species causes a disease known as Loa loa filariasis and is one of three species that can cause subcutaneous filariasis in humans. Females are larger than males, reaching an average body length of up to 2.7 inches, with males reaching an average body length of up to 1.3 inches. The first stage of life for the eye-worm begins when an adult worm, which is...

Dog Roundworm, Toxocara canis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The dog roundworm (Toxocara canis) is a species of parasitic worm that infects canid species. It is yellowish white in color and can reach an average length between 3.5 and 7 inches, with females typically growing large than males. The dog roundworm can be transmitted in four different ways. The most common form of transmission occurs when an egg containing second stage larvae is released onto the ground in feces. Once the egg has been ingested, it will move through the small intestines...

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2012-04-02 20:35:58

The White-footed Mouse, (Peromyscus leucopus), is a species of rodent native to North America. Its range extends from Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and the Maritime Provinces (excluding Newfoundland) south to the southwestern United States and Mexico. In Texas this creature is known as the Woodmouse. The adult of this species measures 3.5 to 3.9 inches in length, not counting the tail, which can measure an additional 2.5 to 3.8 inches. It weighs typically about an ounce. It has a maximum life...

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2011-04-25 21:24:26

Rickettsia rickettsii is a gram-negative bacterium native to the New World and causes the malady known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). It is transmitted through the bit of an infected tick when it feeds on animals and humans. Humans are not necessary hosts in the rickettsia-tick life cycle but they can be. S. Burt Wolbach created the first detailed description of the etiologic agent in 1919. He recognized it as an intracellular bacterium seen most frequently in endothelial cells....

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