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Hiking in the woods, bothered by mosquitoes.

What's Making Your Zika Risk Spike?

What does climate change have to do with the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes? Quite a bit according to results of a study in Nature Microbiology.

Alpha-gal, red meat allergy.

Meat Allergy Caused by Tick Bite Is the Most Common Cause of Anaphylaxis

An allergic reaction to alpha-gal, a complex sugar found in red meat, caused by a Lone Star tick bite is now the most common known cause of anaphylaxis.

Mother putting insect spray on son on hike in woods.

Lyme Disease, Other Tickborne Disease Rates Are on the Rise

Incidence of tickborne infections in the U.S. has risen significantly in the past 10 years, and it’s crucial to develop vaccines to prevent them.

Mosquito on man's finger.

How Mosquitoes' Saliva Can Worsen Diseases They Transmit

Substances in mosquito saliva trigger immune system responses that can increase the severity of the diseases they transmit, like Zika virus, West Nile, malaria, and dengue fever.

Black legged tick on a leaf.

What a Tick Expert Wants You to Know

We spoke with an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Lyme disease, other tickborne illnesses, and tick bites. Here’s how to stay safe.

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Bugs in the Pantry Bring Chance to Make Healthier Choices

Bugs Yuck! I found that my pantry had come under attack by some sort of bug so I’ve been in the process of clearing that area out. I’ve tossed several food products that had become infested, although I still need to go through the spice jars to deter...