Bites and Stings News

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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

10/25/2012
West Nile Cases Pass 4,700 Mark Nationwide: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 219, up from 183 last week

10/17/2012
West Nile Cases Pass 4,500 Mark Nationwide: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 183, up from 168 last week

10/10/2012
West Nile Cases Continue to Climb, CDC Says

Number of deaths now stands at 168, up from 163 last week

10/3/2012
West Nile Cases Continue to Climb, CDC Says

Number of deaths now stands at 163, up from 147 last week

9/26/2012
West Nile Cases Rise by 400 Since Last Week: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 147, and Texas continues to be the hardest-hit state

9/21/2012
Tick in Man's Ear Gives Him Tinnitus

European report tells tale of insect attached to eardrum

9/19/2012
West Nile Cases Still Rising; Death Toll Now at 134, CDC Says

Texas continues to be epicenter of outbreak, with nearly 40 percent of all mosquito-borne infections

9/11/2012
Experimental Dengue Vaccine Shows Some Success

The painful, potentially deadly illness is endemic to the tropics, and has reappeared in the United States

9/7/2012
Health Tip: Protect Kids From Mosquito Bites

And reduce their risk of West Nile virus

8/20/2012
Health Tip: Applying Insect Repellent

Read the instructions carefully

8/10/2012
Health Tip: Help Keep Bed Bugs at Bay

Cover your mattresses and box springs

7/26/2012
Certain Tick Bites Might Spur Red Meat Allergy

After exposure to Lone Star tick, some people must avoid red meat thereafter

7/5/2012
Deadly Black Widow Spider Edged Aside in California

Study finds less-toxic brown widow variety may be taking over

5/30/2012
Summer's Heat May Enflame Hives

Skin condition can be temporary or chronic, experts say

5/21/2012
Keeping Your Family Safe From Dog Bites

Medical, veterinary experts offer prevention tips

5/2/2012
Dengue Fever a Major Cost Burden in Puerto Rico

Study suggests that yearly millions could be better spent on disease surveillance, prevention

4/23/2012
Cost of Snakebite Therapy May Squeeze Victims' Wallets

Hospital care, treatment can top $50,000 for venomous snake encounter

4/20/2012
Bedbugs Can Infest Your Office, Too

In Tennessee, government workers noticed persistent bites

4/12/2012
Over-the-Counter Bug Bite Remedies Don't Work: Report

Mild reactions might not call for tablets or creams

3/20/2012
Insects Behind Chagas Disease Are Feeding on Humans in the U.S.

Yet so far, there have been very few cases of the potentially lethal illness, experts say

12/16/2011
Dengue Fever Cases Subside in Florida, But Threat Remains

Report finds no outbreak in Key West this year, but many residents may still be infected

10/28/2011
Health Tip: Child Bites Can Lead to Infection

Monitor for these warning signs

8/24/2011
Health Tip: Fleas May Flock to People

After pets leave, the insects look for a new host

8/4/2011
First Treatment Solely for Scorpion Stings Approved

Poisonous arthropods found mostly in Arizona

8/3/2011
New Tick-Borne Illness Infects Midwesterners

Experts expect ehrlichiosis, like Lyme disease, will spread across U.S.

8/3/2011
'Infrared Detector' May Lead Vampire Bat to Blood

Scientists identify heat-seeking molecules

7/25/2011
Health Tip: Protect Against Bug Bites

Dress yourself and your kids appropriately

7/14/2011
Skin Lesions Often Misdiagnosed as Spider Bites

Patients getting unnecessary antivenom because of misinformation, experts say

6/11/2011
Insect Stings Hold Deadly Risk for Some

New guidelines issued to help diagnose, treat those with insect allergies

5/24/2011
How to Guard Against Dog Bites

Many of the nearly 5 million bites a year in U.S. are preventable, experts say

3/18/2011
Chemistry of Mosquito Sex May Hold Key to Disease Control

Source of yellow fever, dengue targeted in search for insect 'birth control'

2/18/2011
Rise in Dog Bites Has Experts Concerned

For kids, education about safe interactions with canines 'cannot begin early enough,' advocates warn

1/19/2011
Bedbugs Reveal Their Genetic Secrets in Lab Study

Research could lead to better ways of killing these bloodthirsty pests, experts say

11/29/2010
Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite, Allergist Warns

Inspect for pests in mattresses, secondhand clothes and used furniture, even wood

7/30/2010
Too Soon to Tell Whether Dengue Fever Will Spread in U.S.

Not clear yet where 46 cases in Florida came from, CDC official says

7/23/2010
Avoid Mosquito Bites to Prevent Dengue Fever in Florida: Expert

Advice to cut risk includes using bug spray with DEET, eliminating still water sources

5/14/2010
Research Reveals Secret of Spitting Cobras' Aim

Snakes spray venom in victims' eyes by predicting movements, researchers say

2/15/2010
Health Tip: When an Animal Bites You

Signs that it's time to see a doctor