Zika

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The Ohio EPA is distributing nearly $1 million to 35 counties to battle mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. 

Insects and Arachnids

May 8, 2017
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With summer approaching, the season for bug migration and mating is beginning. While there are many helpful insects to keep in your gardens, there are others that have people worrying about their health. From the monarchs returning from Mexico to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, we sit down with the founder of BUGMAN Education, Mark Berman, to learn more. 

Join us today as we discuss the benefits as well as the dangers of certain insects and arachnids. 

To Test Zika Vaccines, Scientists Need A New Outbreak

Feb 23, 2017

Researchers are eager to test promising vaccines against Zika, the virus that sparked a global health emergency last year.

But uncertainty over whether the Zika epidemic will continue affects researchers' ability to finish testing vaccines. They need locations with an active viral outbreak to conduct large-scale human trials and make sure the vaccine actually protects against disease.

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This year the World Health Organization declared the Zika Virus to be a global health emergency. Today we'll talk about what we learned about Zika in 2016 and what to expect in 2017. Also, we'll look at what fitness trends will look like in 2017.

The Bugs of Summer

Aug 29, 2016
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The summer is nearing an end and the daylight is shifting.  Insect migration and mating patterns are shifting with it.  Also, Zika is continuing to spread throughout the US, primarily Flordia and some solutions have been proposed. Here to discuss mosquitos, butterflies, and various other insects is Bug Man, Mark Berman.

Yellow fever, malaria, Zika virus. Mosquitoes have been bringing misery to people for as long as there have been people. That’s also how long people have been devising ways to fight back.    

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As Zika continues to spread, public health officials are discovering new ways the virus can be transmitted. Also, over 40 million Americans reside in areas with limited access to dentists. Some are hoping to make dental therapy legal in Ohio to help improve dental health in these communities. And, Columbus Public Health is teaming up with local farmers to create farmer's markets, where fresh produce will be available to a greater number of Columbus' neighborhoods.

Mosquitoes, Zika, and Other Bug News

Jun 17, 2016
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With Zika becoming a concern in many parts of the world, some are curious about the carrier of the virus: the mosquito. Today we'll talk about the kinds of mosquitos that transmit Zika and other viruses. Also, hear some interesting facts about the many bugs all around us from our local bug expert. 

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A new report by the CDC has found that a majority of public swimming pools had at least one safety violation. Also, Zika has now been found in Columbus, prompting health officials and residents to address ways to help contain the virus. And, while many know junk food isn't healthy, the new FDA guidelines on sodium are bringing to light just how unhealthy the modern diet is. 

Mosquitoes, Zika, and Other Bug News

Mar 7, 2016
James Gathany / Public Health Image Library

With Zika becoming a concern in many parts of the world, some are curious about the carrier of the virus: the mosquito. Today we'll talk about the kinds of mosquitos that transmit Zika and other viruses. Also, hear some interesting facts about the many bugs all around us from our local bug expert. 

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Ohio officials are gathering to discuss the state's readiness for handling Zika virus scenarios ahead of the mosquito season that begins in May.