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Malaria in Costa Rica, CDC alert. Important to prevent insect bites

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Volcano in Costa Rica

News from September 22, 2017 from the CDC:  "What is the current situation?  The Costa Rican Ministry of Health has reported limited local transmission of malaria in Matina Canton in Limón Province, Sarapiquí Canton in Heredia Province, and Pital District in San Carlos Canton in Alajuela Province. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with malaria and spreading it to people. Other than a small outbreak at the end of 2016, this is the first local transmission of malaria in Costa Rica since 2011. Public health authorities are responding to this outbreak by enhancing malaria surveillance, making...

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What you need to know: Update on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika

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What you need to know: Update on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika

What is chikungunya? Chikungunya is a disease caused by a virus spread through daytime mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Chikungunya disease rarely results in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling. Most people who get sick feel better within a week. In some people, the joint pain may last for months or years. There is no vaccine. You need to prevent this illness by applying a DEET or picaridin insect repellent to your exposed skin during the day. The...

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Ticks—More to Worry About with Lyme Disease

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Ticks—More to Worry About with Lyme Disease

We all know that ticks can spread Lyme disease and travelers to Europe and Russia may be familiar with tick-borne encephalitis. Another tick-borne illness has now appeared in Spain with the report of the first case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF). See NY Times September 5, 2016. What is CCHF? It is a serious viral illness normally found in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and Central Asia south of Kazakhstan. A West African strain of the fever was first isolated from ticks feeding on Spanish red deer in 2011. While the threat to travelers to Spain is low, the illness...

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CDC says the Zika virus linked to more birth defects and is coming farther north.

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CDC says the Zika virus linked to more birth defects and is coming farther north.

The CDC is now saying that the Zika virus has been linked to a broader array of birth defects throughout a longer period of pregnancy, including premature birth and blindness in addition to the smaller brain size caused by microcephaly. The potential geographic range of the mosquitoes transmitting the virus also reaches farther northward, with the Aedes aegypti species present in all or part of 30 states, not just 12. And it can be spread sexually, causing the CDC to update its guidance to couples. How to prevent Zika virus infection.

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