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The NCMVA

The North Carolina Mosquito & Vector Control Association

High Cost of R&D Limiting New Zika Insecticides

Eliminating disease-carrying mosquitoes is a niche business with costly barriers to entry.

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 5, 2017

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The MAMCA

The Mid-Atlantic Mosquito Control Association

Mosquitoes with Zika Virus Found in Florida

First Time trapped mosquitoes with zika discovered on U.S. Mainland

WRAL Raleigh, 9-1-2016

MIAMI — Florida has found the Zika virus in three groups of mosquitoes trapped in Miami Beach — the first time this has happened in the continental U.S. “This is the first time we have found a Zika virus positive mosquito pool in the continental United States,” confirmed Erin Sykes, a CDC spokeswoman.

This confirms that the insects themselves, in addition to infected humans, have begun transmitting the virus inside the mainland United States.
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Aerial Spraying for Zika Mosquitoes Kills Bees in South Carolina

Washington Post, 9-1-2016

On Sunday morning, parts of Dorchester County were sprayed with Naled, a common insecticide that kills mosquitoes on contact, inadvertently killing millions of bees.

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5 Cases of Zika at Fort Bragg

WRAL 9-6-2016

Three active duty soldiers and two retirees based at Fort Bragg have contracted the Zika virus, post spokeswoman Elizabeth Gerhart said on Tuesday.

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Zika Hits South Beach Florida

WRAL Raleigh 8-19-2016

South Beach has been identified as a second site of Zika transmission by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, and containing it there will be difficult because high-rise buildings and strong winds make it impractical to spray the neighborhood from the air, officials said Friday.

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Zika in Miami Beach

Fox News 8-19-2016

Mosquitoes are actively transmitting the Zika virus in Miami Beach, sources aware of conversations that took place Thursday between Florida state health representatives and local officials have reportedly told the Miami Herald. Officials were expected to confirm the new zone of transmission that afternoon, and the news could threaten the tourism hotspot of Miami-Dade County.

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Zika Infects 5 in Miami Beach

From NBC News by Maggie Fox and Samuel Sarmiento, MD

Zika is now spreading in two places in Florida — in Miami Beach as well as an area north of Miami, Governor Rick Scott confirmed Friday. He said five people have been infected by Zika locally in Miami Beach, including three tourists.

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Richmond on Most at risk zika list

By Tracey Smith, ABC News, 4-14-2016

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond’s on a new list of cities most at risk for the Zika virus, but without a confirmed case in the area, is it too early for residents to be concerned?

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Republican Tom Cole says more money needed for zika fight

WASHINGTON | By Susan Cornwell | Reuters 4-13-2016

Senior U.S. House of Representatives Republican Tom Cole said on Wednesday more funds will be needed to fight the Zika virus in the United States

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Disorganized Mosquito Control Makes USA Vulnerable to Zika

by Maryn McKenna, National Geographic, 2-29-2016

As Zika virus advances in Central and South America, and more US residents (almost 150 so far) return from the area with infections, public health officials are braced for the next likely step:

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experts confirm zika causes birth defects

BBC News, 4-14-2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly.

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GOP says zika funding likely

CBS/AP April 13, 2016

WASHINGTON– Top House Republicans said Wednesday that they are increasingly likely to grant a portion of President Obama’s $1.9 billion request to combat the Zika virus, but it could take a while.

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zika may affect babies in later pregnancy

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, 4-14-2016

The Zika virus may pose a threat to women and their fetuses even in the later stages of pregnancy, according to a study published online Wednesday in The BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal.

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Zika Scarier Than Thought

From CNN, 4-12-2016

(CNN) “Everything we look at with this (Zika) virus seems to be a little scarier than we initially thought,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director, told reporters during a White House briefing on Monday.

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5 Confirmed cases of zika in NC

ABC 11, 3-4-2016

CHAPEL HILL (WTVD) — There are five confirmed cases of Zika in North Carolina according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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Health Officials Sound Alert

Fox News 4-11-2016

Top Obama administration health officials sounded a dire warning Monday about the spread of the Zika virus as the spring and summer months approach.

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Hawaii declares state of emergency over Zika virus

From fox news, 2-14-2016

HONOLULU – Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus.

The state has been in the midst of a dengue fever outbreak on Hawaii’s Big Island, where there were more than 250 confirmed cases.
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Wake County Woman Contracts Zika

WRAL Raleigh 3-3-2016

Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County woman contracted the Zika virus while traveling abroad in Central and South America, marking the fifth confirmed case of the virus in the state, health officials said Thursday
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Puerto Rico on Front Line

by Brian Latimer and Rehema Ellis 3-23-2016

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Puerto Rico is at risk of becoming the front-line of the battle against the spread of the Zika virus in the United States, and public health officials are bracing for thousands of cases in the coming months. Click Here for NBC News Article

Higher temperatures make Zika mosquito spread disease more

From the Raleigh news observer Feb 3 2016

“With higher temperatures you have more mosquitoes feeding more frequently and having a greater chance of acquiring infection. And then the virus replicates faster because it’s hotter, therefore the mosquitoes can transmit earlier in their life,” Reisen said. The thermodynamics of mosquitoes are “driven by temperature.”

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NCSU entomologist: Zika outbreak unlikely in NC

from the raleigh news&observer Feb 3 2016

RALEIGH

Mosquitoes that live in North Carolina can transmit the virus that causes Zika, but an outbreak of the disease here is unlikely and would probably be mild and easy to contain, according to an entomologist at N.C. State University.

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French Caribbean facing Zika epidemic, taking extra measures

from the raleigh news&observer Feb 3 2016

PARIS

Two French regions in the Caribbean face an epidemic of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which was just declared a global public health emergency, and France’s government is sending extra hospital equipment and preparing extra medical staff to combat it, the health minister said Wednesday.

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World Health Organization Considering Zika Emergency

From the Raleigh News&Observer Jan 29,2015

WASHINGTON

Nine months after the Zika virus was first discovered in South America, international health organizations are still struggling with how to confront what appears to be the largest global public health crisis since Ebola decimated eastern Africa in 2014.

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CDC advises babies in USA get tested for Zika Virus

from the raleigh news&observer Jan 28 2016

WASHINGTON

An obscure mosquito-borne virus that has already prompted warnings in Central America to avoid getting pregnant and is thought responsible for thousands of birth defects in Brazil has now reached the United States, according to health officials.

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CDC Says Don’t Travel To Zika Infested Countries if you are Pregnant

from All Things Considered, NPR, Feb 3, 2016

“If you are a woman who is pregnant living in the U.S., there’s one really important thing you need to know: You shouldn’t go to a place that has Zika spreading.”

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