10 Aug '11, 10pm

Mosquito-Borne Disease and Climate Change: Should you use DEET?

Mosquito and ticks carry a variety of infectious agents, including those that cause malaria, West Nile, Dengue Fever and Lyme disease. NRDC recently launched a new website with climate maps of the United States. One of the maps shows the areas where two key mosquito species are known and projected to live. These two species are the ones that can carry Dengue fever. Dengue (also known as "Breakbone Fever") causes a characteristic triad of high fever, horrible body aches, and a rash. Last year, there was an outbreak in Florida, and there are frequent small outbreaks along the Texas border. Now is the time of year for clinicians in the Southern U.S. To start being alert to possible cases of this disease. Cases are now required to be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check out the NRDC Climate Maps , to see if you live in an area that may be vulnerabl...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gsolomon/mosquito-borne...

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