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Understanding Zika Virus Symptoms and How It Spreads

Posted on · Health officials Tuesday confirmed three new cases of the Zika virus in Greater Houston, bringing the total of known cases in the region to seven. Meanwhile, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services, the CDC confirmed a patient there acquired the virus through sex (it’s usually spread through mosquito bites). These developments coincided with […]

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Chikungunya: What Is It and What Are the Risks?

Posted on · A man near Austin was recently diagnosed with the state’s first case of a mosquito-borne illness called chikungunya. We learn more about the illness, as Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel talks with Scott Weaver, Director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He’s been studying chikungunya for the […]

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Port of Houston Pilots, Chikungunya, Gangs, and The Princess Bride: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Posted on · Back in March, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay. The carrier was being guided by an experienced pilot, Mike Pizzitola. But according to federal court documents and other records obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Pizzitola has been involved in two other Ship Channel accidents. On this edition […]