Category: Health & Nutrition

Gardeners Beware: Rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis

Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) is a parasitic nematode that is the most common cause of eosinophilic meningitis (meningitis with a high percentage of eosinophils in the cerebrospinal fluid). There have been 12 recorded cases of rat lungworm in… Read More

New on Featured Creatures! Australian cockroach

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures! Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The Australian cockroach is one of several species of peridomestic cockroaches (cockroaches that live mostly outdoors, but… Read More

New on Featured Creatures! Black salt marsh mosquito.

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures! Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The black salt marsh mosquito, Aedes taeniorhynchus (Wiedemann), is very common in the eastern coastal areas of the… Read More

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Concerns

Good Morning! Are you familiar with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)? EEE is vectored by mosquitoes and a concern for Florida residents, particularly during the summer months. The Florida Department of Health posts weekly updates regarding various arbovirus diseases of… Read More

Arboviral Disease Awareness

As the summer rains in Florida create breeding grounds for mosquitos and other arthropods, the public should remain aware of the potential danger of diseases transmitted by arthropods. Arboviral diseases are viruses that are arthropod-borne, and are maintained… Read More

New Featured Creatures! Southern black widow, Latrodectus mactans by Amanda Eiden and Phillip Kaufman, UF.

We are pleased to announce a new Spider Featured Creatures! The Southern black widow spider, Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius), is a venomous spider found throughout the southeastern United States. Widow spiders received their name from the belief that they… Read More