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The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a highly invasive species and a vector of multiple pathogens including various viruses, such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. A new Medical and Veterinary Entomology study that evaluated the relationship between the mosquito's presence and habitat variables at a small scale provides important information for planning effective prevention and control campaigns. When investigators examined mosquito populations on Mallorca Island off the coast of Spain, they found that Ae. Albopictus presence was negatively associated with altitude, probably due to greater human presence at low altitudes near the coast. Moreover, Ae. albopictus presence was positively...


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Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from blazes in California and across the U.S. West. Western wildfires have grown ever more lethal, a grim reality driven by more housing developments sprawling into the most fire-prone grasslands and brushy canyons, experts say. Many of the ranchers and farmers who once managed those landscapes are gone, leaving terrain thick with vegetation that can explode into flames....
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2017 hepatitis A outbreaks tied to drug use, homelessness

(HealthDay)—Investigations of hepatitis A outbreaks in four states in 2017 suggested a shift toward increasing person-to-person transmission of hepatitis A, according to research published in the Nov. 2 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Monique Foster, M.D., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues reviewed clinical charts and interviewed patients using standard questionnaires to evaluate risk factors associated with infection. Outbreak cases were defined as those meeting the 2012 CDC-Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists' definition of acute A infection, having a specimen matching an outbreak strain, or having an epidemiologic...
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FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes, new restrictions on flavored e-cigs

In a landmark move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars in the United States. The agency also announced Thursday that it will impose new restrictions on the sales of flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores, limiting them to closed-off areas that are inaccessible to minors.The proposal still has to go through several regulatory phases and it could be years before the rules take effect, but it's a move advocates have been urging for years.Why menthol?While traditional cigarettes contribute to serious health issues, including an increased risk of cancer, heart disease,...
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(HealthDay)—There is an urgent need for blood and platelet donations in the United States because donations during September and October fell 21,000 units short of hospital needs, the American Red Cross says. "Today, the Red Cross asks the American public for help. As we head into the busy holiday season, we are facing a particularly challenging situation and need and platelet donors to replenish the for hospital patients counting on us," Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services, said in an agency news release. "Every day, we depend on the generosity of volunteers to roll up a sleeve to...