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
Category: Health & Nutrition
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
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
Floridians need to be aware that locally aquired Mosquito-Vectored Dengue Fever cases are on the rise for 2013. On Thursday, August 22, 2013, Health Alerts were issued by the Martin County Department of Health and the St. Lucie… Read More
As a reminder, the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection publishes weekly summaries for arbovirus (or arthropod-vectored) surveillance reports.
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
Dengue fever is the first in a series of pest alerts focusing on specific arboviral (or arthropod-borne) diseases, as occurrences are more common during the summer months. A general arboviral disease awareness pest alert was distributed on 6/15/13. … Read More
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
Mosquitoes and mosquito-vectored diseases continue to be an issue within Florida. The first locally acquired human case of dengue for 2012 was reported in Miami-Dade County, Florida last week. The full Florida Department of Health Weekly Report can… Read More