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First Zika-Linked Microcephaly Case Identified in Harris County Baby

Posted on · Harris County Public Health has confirmed the first Zika-related case of microcephaly in Harris County and the state of Texas. The mother of the infant with the birth defect was initially tested for Zika during her pregnancy, but the results of that test were inconclusive, according to officials. Like all others involved in cases of Zika infection […]

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Is Total Eradication of Mosquitoes Possible?

Posted on · On a recent program, we discussed funding — or the lack thereof — to combat the Zika virus at the city and county levels. A lot of that discussion surrounded preventing the proliferation of Aedes aegypti — the type of mosquito that carries the virus. Of course, it’s unrealistic to think we could just completely wipe out […]

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Gun Control Debate and Eradicating Mosquitoes: Wednesday’s Show (June 22, 2016)

Posted on · Four different gun-control measures failed to pass the U.S. Senate Monday (June 20, 2016). The measures, in response to the deadly Orlando nightclub mass shooting, came from both sides of the aisle. They included proposed changes to background checks for gun purchases, expanding background checks to include private sales of firearms at gun shows and […]

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City and County Officials Try to Fight Zika with Fewer Dollars

Posted on · Houston officials at both the city and county levels say efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus are underfunded. While Pres. Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight the disease back in February, the US House and Senate each have approved even less. At a press conference last month (May 23, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner […]

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Funding to Fight Zika, Water on the Moon and Hans Graf: Friday’s Show (June 17, 2016)

Posted on · Houston officials at both the city and county levels say efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus are underfunded. While Pres. Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight the disease back in February, the US House and Senate each have approved even less. At a press conference last month (May 23, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner called […]