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Tulsa Health Department Encourages Awareness Of Scabies

Tulsa Health Department officials are encouraging awareness of the skin infestation scabies in light of reported incidents at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Scabies is not required to be reported to the health department.

"We are an educational resource for Saint Francis regarding scabies. We share a common interest in educating their staff, other institutions, and the general public about scabies." commented Tulsa Health Department Director Gary Cox.

West Nile Virus Found In Staten Island Mosquitoes

The Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes for the first time this season. The virus, isolated in Port Richmond, Staten Island on June 18, has arrived earlier than usual. No human cases have been detected. Next week, the Health Department will start dispersing aerial larvicide in non-residential areas of Staten Island, Bronx and Queens to reduce mosquito populations (details below). Surveillance and control efforts will continue through the summer.

Oklahoma Says Use Insect Repellants Against West Nile

The Oklahoma Health Department advises use of insect repellants to protect against mosquitoes and West Nile Disease - particularly those containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus - when enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, yard work, camping, or other leisure activities.

Rett Syndrome: One Mutation Affects A Cast Of Thousands

Rett syndrome arises in early childhood and robs affected children of the ability to speak and control their movements. The disorder is caused by a mutation in a single gene, but scientists have not understood how that mutation disrupts neurological function. Now, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have discovered that the mutation interferes with the regulation of 2,500 other genes.

When Are Antibiotics For Lyme Disease Medically Necessary?

As good weather brings people outdoors and into the woods, it also exposes them to tick bites that can result in Lyme disease, one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. A microscopic bacterial organism, Borrelia burgdorferi, carried by the Ixodes tick causes the Lyme infection. Although the incidence of Lyme disease remains low -- about 100,000 cases each year -- that's a big jump over the 16,000 cases the Center for Disease Control (CDC) noted in 1999.