Bites and Stings News

Date Posted
Article Title
6/5/2015
Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites

Don't scratch, do check yourself when you come inside

6/4/2015
Health Tip: Prevent Dog Bites

Don't approach one that's sleeping, eating or playing with a toy

6/1/2015
Health Tip: Check for Ticks

After you come from outside

5/30/2015
New Research May Help Control Brown Dog Ticks

These pests breed indoors and may be resistant to common pesticides

5/24/2015
Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?

Most can be treated at home, but learn signs of emergency, expert advises

4/24/2015
Ebola Outbreak May Have Led to Almost 11,000 More Malaria Deaths: Study

Overwhelmed systems caused deadly disruptions in health care, experts say

4/23/2015
Genes May Determine Whether You're Mosquito Bait

Study found DNA-linked body odor attracts or repels biting insects

4/17/2015
U.S. Boy's Death Highlights Rare Mosquito-Borne Infection

Researchers identify lethal strain of La Crosse virus in Tennessee patient

4/14/2015
Health Tip: Using Insect Repellent

Suggestions for safer use

3/23/2015
Opossums May Come to Humans' Rescue for Snake Anti-Venom

The mammals are immune to snakes' poisons, pointing to better antidotes for people

2/27/2015
In Northeast, Weather Changes May Mean More Ticks, Earlier

Warming trend could affect the spread of Lyme disease, research suggests

1/21/2015
Health Tip: Keep Bedbugs Out of Your Bags

Tips to avoid these hitchhikers when you travel

1/16/2015
Rare Virus Discovered in Common Tick

Scientists not yet sure of risk to humans

1/11/2015
Bites to the Hand Need Medical Attention, Experts Say

Review finds injury from man or beast requires treatment to prevent infection

1/9/2015
You're Unlikely to Get a Skin Infection From a Spider's Bite, Review Finds

Expert thinks this common worry may create unnecessary fear of arachnids

12/18/2014
Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk

'Rat-bite fever' also sickened 16 others in 2000-2012 in San Diego County alone, report noted

11/4/2014
What Snake Caused That Bite? New DNA Test Might Tell

Technology could save many lives in countries where venomous snakes are common

9/19/2014
More Schools Stocking Shots That Counter Serious Allergic Reactions

Having epinephrine auto-injectors on hand can save lives, advocates say

8/15/2014
Vaccine Shows Promise Against Mosquito-Borne Virus

Volunteers developed antibodies to chikungunya in first human trial, but shot for public use 5 years away, researcher says

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