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Mosquitoes 101; Third-graders learn about insects, diseases they can carry | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Nevaeh Michael knew mosquito bites itch. And she knew they can make you sick.

Source: Mosquitoes 101; Third-graders learn about insects, diseases they can carry | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/mosquitoes-101-third-graders-learn-about-insects-diseases-they-can-carry).

Accessed on 13 September 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Thanks to the efforts of retired scientist Van Eden, students at Pahoa Elementary School are learning about mosquitoes and how to reduce their numbers through vector control and do-it-yourself mosquito traps.

Nicholas Francisco, a Kamehameha Schools teacher who participates in Kamehameha’s Kealapono program, says students “are learning about native and non-native species as part of their regular program.” The study of mosquitoes is incorporated into an integrated science and writing program at the school.

In 2015 students studied albizia trees and their impact on native ohia forests, with students writing letters to state legislators about the problems associated with the invasive tree.

Francisco says retired experts such as Van Eden can inspire even third graders to become scientists and “serving the community.”  Eden tells reporter Kirsten Johnson that  “As a culture, we need to modify our behaviors so that it’s not cool to leave a bucket of water in the yard…and that cultural shift starts with the kids…twenty years from now, they will be the culture and hopefully they will have learned.”


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KHNL: Governor: 4 Zika cases likely came from Florida mosquitoes


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s governor says the state has concluded that four mysterious Zika infections likely came from mosquitoes in the Miami area.Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that no mo

Source: KHNL: Governor: 4 Zika cases likely came from Florida mosquitoes (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_331263/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=bWGdCzw6).

Accessed on 29 July 2016, 14:29 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press/Hawaii News Now.

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What makes this report significant is that the four reported cases in the Miami area are not “linked to travel outside the U.S. mainland.”  This may mean that the Zika virus has established a domestic foothold in the United States.

While the Zika virus causes only minor symptoms in most people, women infected during pregnancy are at high risk of having their newborns brain- damaged by the virus.


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KHNL: Blood bank to start screening for Zika


By Janelle Guerrero-MiguelHNN Summer InternThe Blood Bank of Hawaii will soon start screening for the Zika virus.Potential donors who’ve recently traveled to areas with Zika out

Source: KHNL: Blood bank to start screening for Zika (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=StmaNhpH).

Accessed on 28 July 2016, 16:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Janelle Guerrero-Miguel.

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As the old saying goes, “better safe than sorry.”  Starting in September 2016, the Blood Bank of Hawaii will begin a new clinical procedure: “Every blood sample will undergo a Zika test that isn’t yet licensed for public use.”  Potential donors who’ve recently visited areas where the Zika virus is endemic “will be ruled out for donation.”

Blood Bank officials will use the test now because the same mosquito that carries dengue fever is also a vector for the Zika virus.  Blood Bank officials say “we will likely see an outbreak here in the future and the news test will then be required by the FDA.”


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Hawaii News Digest–Hawaii to receive more than $1M in federal funding to fight Zika, 01 July 2016.


http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/32355652/hawaii-receives-more-than-1m-in-federal-funding-to-fight-zika

The Centers for Disease Control have awarded $1,027,623 to the state Department of Health for Zika virus preparation and response activities.

State epidemiologist, Dr. Sarah Park, says “we’re grateful for this federal support to help address Hawaii’s risk for mosquito-borne diseases and better enable us to protect the public’s health.”

Although Zika is not an immediate threat to Hawaii, state officials are preparing for the mosquito-borne illness in case it spreads to the state.

On Thursday, county mayors met with Governor David Ige to relaunch the “Fight the Bite” campaign to make both local residents and visitors aware of the dangers presented by the Zika virus.  The virus has been implicated in the severe brain condition known as microcephaly in newborns.


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Doctor: Baby born in US to mom with Zika has birth defect | Miami Herald


A Honduran woman with the Zika virus gave birth in New Jersey to a baby girl with birth defects that appear to be caused by the mosquito-borne virus, one of her doctors said.

Source: Doctor: Baby born in US to mom with Zika has birth defect | Miami Herald (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article81060722.html).

Accessed on 01 June 2016, 15:19 hrs, UTC.

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According to Dr. Abdullah Al-Khan, tests conducted on the Honduran woman confirmed the child would be born with microcephaly, a devastating brain defect linked to the Zika virus. Dr. Al-Khan said the future of the newborn baby girl will be “generally poor.”

Al-Khan told the “Miami Herald” that there have been more than 500 Zika virus cases in the United States, all involving people who were infected in outbreak areas such as Central America, South America, and the Caribbean area.  The disease can also be transmitted sexually.

Al-Khan says the most recent Zika virus tragedy will serve as an “awakening call” for the country to have strong measures to prevent the spread of the disease.


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UH scientists hope to create vaccine from vial of Zika virus | KHON2


Officials say the vial will be closely monitored and under heavy security.

Source: UH scientists hope to create vaccine from vial of Zika virus | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/05/31/uh-scientists-hope-to-create-vaccine-from-vial-of-zika-virus).

Accessed on 01 June 2016, 04:33 hrs, UTC.

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The University of Hawaii at Manoa may play a key role in defeating the Zika virus, which causes microcephaly and other severe brain defects in newborns.

UH-Manoa is bringing a controlled vial of the Zika virus here in hopes of creating a vaccine against this mosquito-borne illness.  According to UH-Manoa officials, the vial “will be closely monitored and under heavy security so that no one will be in any danger of catching the virus.” Let’s hope our scientists and researchers can unlock the key to stopping the spread of this infection.


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Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding | Honolulu Star-Advertiser


WASHINGTON >> After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama’s request for money to combat the Zika virus.

Source: Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding | Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://www.staradvertiser.com/breaking-news/senate-likely-to-advance-1-1-billion-im-zika-funding).

Accessed on 17 May 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

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After three months of debate and delay, the U.S. Senate will vote today on 3 plans to battle the Zika virus.  The procedural vote “would pave the way to add funds for the government’s response to the Zika virus in an unrelated bill.  The Zika virus is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, because the virus has been linked to serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, hearing deficits, eye problems, and impaired growth.


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