Epidemiology & Risk Factors Español (Spanish) Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Infection is most commonly spread through contact with the poop of an infected triatomine bug (or “kissing bug”), a blood-sucking insect that feeds on humans and animals. What are the signs and symptoms of Chagas disease? Romaña’s sign, the swelling of the child’s eyelid (pictured above), is a marker of acute Chagas disease. Swelling is due to Trypanosoma cruzi infecting the eyelid when bug feces are accidentally rubbed into the eye, or because the bite wound was on the same side of the child’s face as the swelling. Credit: WHO/TDR Acute phase: During this phase, which lasts for the first few weeks or months infection, a person may have no symptoms or mild ones, such as fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Because these symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses, most people do not know their illness is from infection with the T. cruzi parasite. However, a doctor may be able to pick up other signs of infection, including mild enlargement of the liver or spleen, swollen glands, or swelling at the site of the bite (called a chagoma), [...]
Haemaphysalis longicornis is a tick indigenous to Asia, where it is an important vector of human and animal disease agents, which can result in human hemorrhagic fever and substantive reduction in dairy production. Read full CDC report here: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6747a3.htm?s_cid=mm6747a3_e
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This season has been intense for ticks and fleas. Please be aware that the Powassan (POW) virus is transmitted to humans by infected ticks.
These maps show The new estimated range maps have been updated from a variety of published and unpublished sources. These maps show CDC’s best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti andAedes albopictus in the United States. These maps include areas where mosquitoes are or have been previously found. Maps are not meant to represent risk for spread of disease. These maps DO NOT show Likelihood that these mosquitoes will spread viruses. Shaded areas on the map do not necessarily mean that there are infected mosquitoes in that area. Numbers of mosquitoes: These maps do not show how many mosquitoes are living in an area. Mosquito population numbers vary widely across the shaded areas on the map, from high numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of Florida and Texas to rare reports of mosquitoes further north. Exact locations of mosquitoes: These maps are our best estimate of where mosquitoes could potentially live. Actual mosquito populations will vary by state and county. Mosquito populations may be found in an area that is not shaded on the maps and may not be found in all shaded areas. Find the Insect Repellent that is Right for You [...]
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A 55-year-old woman tested positive for the virus after traveling outside of the United States to a country where the Zika virus has been found, the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) said.
COLLEGEVILLE — Bed bugs, termites and spiders, oh my. For most of us they’re pesky, if not downright scary, intruders. But for Mike and Nancy Dirks, there’s a veritable gold mine in those crawly, creepy creatures. As the husband and wife owners of Dirks Pest Management Specialist LLC celebrate their 10th anniversary of keeping all manner of varmints at bay in an environmentally genial way, Mike recalled how his lucrative business evolved from a reasonably profitable side job. More than a decade ago, he was a West Norriton police officer... Read the Times Herald Article by Gary Puleo, The Times Herald
Why Choose K-9 or K9 trained Dog Inspections for Bed Bugs? The key to complete bed bug elimination begins with proper identification of infested areas. While adult bed bugs may be easier to identify, bed bug nymphs and eggs are very difficult to locate, especially in early or light infestations. With an adept sense of smell, K-9 scent detection dogs possess the unique ability to detect bed bugs quickly and efficiently, with little disruption to your home, office or hotel room. WE VISUALLY VERIFY ALL K-9 ALERTS! Compare K-9 Unit Inspections vs Traditional Inspections Accuracy Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs is 97% for K-9 Unit Inspections vs. Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs approximately 40-60% for Traditional Inspections Duration Inspection durations ranging from 2-15 minutes per room for K-9 Units vs. Inspections ranging from 20 minutes to 1 hour per room for Traditional Inspections Disruption Minimal to no disruption to the occupant(s) with K-9 Units vs. Moderate level of disruption to the occupant (dismantling of bed, moving of furniture, etc.) with Traditional Inspections Limitations K-9 Unit detection has no limitations in cluttered areas, inside upholstered surfaces, mattress seams, beneath carpet, behind baseboards, etc. vs. Traditional Inspections, where detection is limited to visual inspection area [...]