Insect Bites

Gaps in Prevention, Management of Tickborne Diseases Identified

Gaps in Prevention, Management of Tickborne Diseases Identified

Diagnostic and surveillance limitations and lack of treatment options, vaccines hamper efforts.

New Tick Species Spreading in the United States

New Tick Species Spreading in the United States

Asian longhorned tick currently considered a greater threat to livestock than to humans.

Chagas Disease in the United States: A Growing Public Health Concern

Chagas Disease in the United States: A Growing Public Health Concern

The United States has the seventh highest prevalence of Chagas infection in the Western hemisphere, with most cases seen among immigrants from Latin America.

Tick-Caused Meat Allergy on the Rise in the United States

Tick-Caused Meat Allergy on the Rise in the United States

Lone star tick is most common in the South, but may be spreading to new areas

FDA approves screening tests for <i>Babesia microti</i>

FDA approves screening tests for Babesia microti

The first set of blood screening tests for the tickborne parasite Babesia microti have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Putting out the fire of a fire ant bite with toothpaste

Putting out the fire of a fire ant bite with toothpaste

Apply any toothpaste to fire ant bites and wash off after 10 minutes

Bee stings and allergies: prevention and treatment tips

Bee stings and allergies: prevention and treatment tips

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Symptoms of an allergic reaction to an insect sting may include itching and hives, swelling in the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea, or diarrhea.

Tick-borne disease looks like the flu

Tick-borne disease looks like the flu

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Some patients who are experiencing flulike symptoms might actually be afflicted with babesiosis, a malaria-like disease that peaks from May to September.

Bedbug-related insecticide use poses toxicity risks

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Illnesses caused by excessive and improper use of insecticides to control bedbug infestations are on the rise and may have contributed to the death of a 65-year-old North Carolina woman.

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