Bites and Stings News

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Article Title
8/8/2014
Health Tip: Safely Remove a Tick

Use fine-tipped tweezers

8/3/2014
Stay Out of Stinging Insects' Way This Summer

Bees, wasps and other pests send about 500,000 Americans to the hospital annually

7/29/2014
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns

They may sometimes cause serious symptoms that affect the whole body

7/22/2014
Health Tip: Soothing Bug Bites

Remedies to help fight the pain and itch

7/18/2014
EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling

Should work much like sunscreen SPF labels, telling users how much protection they will get, agency says

7/17/2014
1st Case of Locally Acquired Chikungunya Virus Reported in U.S.

Patient is unidentified Florida man; mosquito-borne illness can be painful but is seldom fatal, CDC says

7/6/2014
Guard Your Kids Against Bug Bites This Summer

Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas transmit diseases, so reach for insect repellant before sending them outdoors

6/20/2014
Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus May Be Headed for U.S.

So far, cases of the painful illness have been imported, but that may not last for long, experts say

6/19/2014
Health Tip: Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

Eliminate sources of standing water

6/9/2014
Health Tip: Follow Instructions on Insect Repellent

And store product away from children

6/7/2014
Tick Exposure Can Occur in a Minute in Infested Areas

Insect repellant, clothing and daily skin checks best defense against disease-carrying pests, expert says

5/31/2014
Preventing Tick Bites

Long pants, socks and insect repellant help protect you from ticks

5/25/2014
Don't Let the Warm Weather Leave You Snakebitten

If bitten, call 911 but keep the snake away from the ER

4/16/2014
Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

The 17-day treatment prevented blood vessel clogging that could threaten reconnection, surgeons say

4/13/2014
Prevent Tick Bites While Enjoying the Outdoors

With no vaccines for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, expert explains how to avoid infection

3/11/2014
Health Tip: Infested With Bedbugs?

Signs they're snuggling in your bed

3/3/2014
Ah, Spring . . . And a Snakebite Alert

Texas veterinarian warns that warmer weather puts people, pets at greater risk

2/28/2014
What Makes an Aggressive Dog, and How You Can Spot One

Study suggests it's not so much the breed as the gender, training, origin and owner's age

2/25/2014
Tarantula Venom Has Painkiller Potential: Study

Spider toxins could be used to develop safe, effective medicines, researchers say

2/9/2014
Cat Bites May Lead to Serious Infections, Hospitalizations

Felines' sharp teeth can inject harmful bacteria deep into joints and tissue, doctors warn

11/4/2013
Health Tip: Caring for an Animal Bite

Wash the area with soap and water

10/31/2013
U.S. Malaria Cases Hit 40-Year High

Almost all the cases came from travelers to Africa, India, CDC says

9/9/2013
Bedbugs' Genes May Protect Them From Insecticides

Study helps explain why the bloodsucking parasites are so hard to kill

8/19/2013
U.S. Lyme Disease Cases Vastly Underreported: CDC

Ongoing studies suggest ticks infect 300,000 people each year

8/9/2013
Asian Tiger Mosquito Could Spread U.S. Disease

Present in more than half of states, the bloodthirsty parasite transmits a host of viruses

7/26/2013
Health Tip: Keep Bed Bugs at Bay

Check secondhand furniture for infestation

7/22/2013
Midwest Ticks Show Signs of 'Heartland Virus'

Recently discovered disease struck two Missouri farmers

7/12/2013
Health Tip: Avoid Bug Bites

Stay indoors at dawn and dusk

7/2/2013
Tick-Borne Illness Babesiosis a Hazard for Seniors: FDA

Risk highest in certain East Coast states

7/1/2013
New Tick-Borne Illness May Be Misdiagnosed

Case reports look at 2 older patients with Borrelia miyamotoi infection

6/8/2013
Summer Camp Health Tips for Parents

How to keep water sports from causing skin infections and other expert advice

5/29/2013
Mosquitoes With Altered Gene Can't Sniff People Out

Researchers hope finding leads to better prevention of malaria, other diseases

5/13/2013
Unusual Heat May Have Boosted West Nile Virus Last Year: CDC

More illnesses, deaths from mosquito-borne disease reported in 2012 than in recent years, agency says

4/10/2013
Tick-Borne Meat Allergy May Have Affected Virginia Kids

Study found 45 suspected cases in 2011 and 2012

4/10/2013
Bedbug Remedy Based on Kidney Bean Leaves?

Microscopic hairs on the plants stab the blood-thirsty critters, study shows

3/14/2013
Homegrown Strain of Dengue Fever Virus Pinpointed in Florida

Some 2009-2010 cases originated in Key West mosquitoes, not from travelers, CDC says

3/5/2013
3/4/2013
Many Allergic to Fire Ant's Sting Don't Get Preventive Shots

Insect is endemic throughout the Southeast, researchers note, and can spur severe reaction

2/20/2013
Mosquitoes Can Become Desensitized to DEET

Disease-causing bugs ignore repellent's smell several hours after exposure, study finds

2/18/2013
North American Shark Attacks Hit Decade High

Expert says figures in line with human population rise, not cause for alarm

2/8/2013
Bedbugs: Easy to Attract, Hard to Eliminate

Medical expert offers tips on spotting infestation in your home

1/18/2013
Malaria, Typhoid Pose Biggest Threat to Travelers in Tropics

The feared Ebola virus is much less common, study says

1/3/2013
Climate Change May Bring Another Mosquito-Borne Illness to U.S.

Study uses computer model to assess risk of Chikungunya virus

12/19/2012
Reindeer May Deliver More Than Presents

Report suggests animals also carry a fly larva that causes skin problems, rare eye infections

12/12/2012
Zinc Shows Promise Against Deadly Jellyfish Venom

Study looked at Australian box jellyfish stings in mice

12/7/2012
Health Tip: When an Animal Bite Becomes Infected

Experts say you should seek medical attention right away

11/28/2012
Latest West Nile Tally: 5,245 Cases, 236 Deaths

Texas still the hardest hit state with 1,714 cases, 76 deaths, CDC says

11/14/2012
Lyme Rash Reappearance Probably Signals New Infection, Study Says

It's even more likely when bull's-eye rash shows up on different part of body

11/9/2012
Lone Star Tick Bite Might Trigger Red Meat Allergy: Study

Body produces antibodies against pest's saliva, which contains same carbohydrate found in beef, pork

11/7/2012
CDC: West Nile Toll Now 5,054 Cases, 228 Deaths

Texas the hardest hit state with 1,684 cases and 76 deaths