Friday, April 11, 2014

Recent breakthroughs by the Markas - an important discovery by Zsusza

virus advances through the Caribbean

Frances Robles covers some scary stuff in a recent article for The New York Times

"MIAMI — A painful mosquito-borne virus common in Africa and Asia has advanced quickly throughout the eastern Caribbean in the past two months, raising the prospect that a once-distant illness will become entrenched throughout the region, public health experts say."
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Monday, November 26, 2012

What Could Disappear


Maps show coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded, without engineered protection, in three levels of higher seas. Percentages are the portion of dry, habitable land within the city limits of places listed that would be permanently submerged.


Team Skeeter is back in action working out of an office in DUMBO Brooklyn (which is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy). We're happy to have the wonderful Mary Kerr on board.
More soon,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CDC reports West Nile in US is worst on record

2012 West Nile virus update: November 14

As of November 14, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 5,128 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 229 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,601 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 2,527 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.
The 5,128 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in November since 2003. Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from 12 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, and Ohio) and over a third of all cases have been reported from Texas.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Huffington Post Article Today

West Nile Outbreak This Year Likely To Be Second-Worst On Record: CDC

Oct 3 (Reuters) - The outbreak of West Nile virus that has hit Texas and other states remains on pace to make 2012 the second-worst year on record for the disease in the United States, with another 424 cases and 16 deaths reported last week, government figures showed on Wednesday.

So far this year, 3,969 cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported to federal health officials as of Oct. 2, up from 3,545 reported the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its weekly update of outbreak data.

The pace of new cases has slowed since late summer, but the total cases reported by the first week in October is still the highest since a record-setting outbreak in 2003, when there were 9,862 cases for the full year.