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By Ted Shelsby | September 2, 2007
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is boosting its mosquito control efforts in the wake of what health officials fear could be the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this year. Agriculture officials have more than doubled mosquito trapping on the Lower Eastern Shore, said Cy Lesser, the department's chief of mosquito control. The move followed a report last week by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on what it suspects is a human case of the virus. Officials declined to say much about the case except that it involves a resident of Worcester County.
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By Ted Shelsby | September 2, 2007
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is boosting its mosquito control efforts in the wake of what health officials fear could be the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this year. Agriculture officials have more than doubled mosquito trapping on the Lower Eastern Shore, said Cy Lesser, the department's chief of mosquito control. The move came after the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported last week what they suspect is a human case of the virus. Officials decline to say much about the case except that it involves a resident of Worcester County.
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By Frank D. Roylance Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance Frank D. Roylance,Sun Reporter | June 14, 2007
Many of us learn it by bitter experience. Now scientists say it's true. Some people, thanks to their genetics, behavior, diet or some poorly understood combination of factors, have body chemistry that draws mosquitoes like linebackers to a loose football. Others just seem invisible to the bugs. "I am irresistible to mosquitoes," said Michele Karanzalis, 33, a research project manager from Overlea. "I just try to stay inside a lot ... I start to get panic atacks after a while when I feel like I'm getting bit too much."
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement and Ellen Nibali and David Clement,Special to The Sun | May 5, 2007
Our yard is red clay over white clay. Rain just sits there. If I till in organic matter and lay sod, would that solve the problem? Chances are you'll have difficulty maintaining a lawn until you solve the drainage problem. A grade of 1/2 inch per 50 feet would carry rain off your lot, but a better solution is to divert rain to a rain garden. Rain-garden plants thrive on periodic flooding, while rain slowly percolates into the soil. The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources has a good brochure called "Rain Gardens: The Natural Solution."
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Reporter | March 26, 2007
Jason Rasgon wants to assure the world of one thing: His genetically modified mosquitoes do not have eyes that glow in the dark. Yes, under fluorescent bulbs, some of the mosquitoes at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute will glow a bright red or green. When magnified, they look like space aliens. But Rasgon and colleagues say it's what you can't see that makes these bugs important: They're prototypes for a generation of genetically modified mosquitoes that could be released into the wild to help eradicate malaria.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | September 23, 2006
Until last weekend, I was not the kind of guy who went around staring at car luggage racks. Until then, I was content to let luggage racks lie, hibernate or whatever they do when they are not in use. I have since learned that if you want to improve your gas mileage, get rid of annoying wind noise and feel frustrated, you should attempt to adjust your car's luggage rack. My car-rack awareness heightened when I had to transport a large object, a kayak, on the roof of my car. Some months ago, my wife purchased two used kayaks in the belief that kayaking was an activity we could enjoy together, blissfully paddling into the sunset.
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By ROB KASPER | August 26, 2006
This dry-as-toast summer might be tough on lawns, but it also has put the kibosh on mosquitoes. For a time, I thought the recent downturn in mosquito bites was a personal issue, that my flesh had lost its appeal. Then I telephoned Cy Lesser, Maryland's top gun in the battle against mosquitoes, and he confirmed that the downturn in itching and scratching is a statewide phenomenon. "Overall, this has been a mild season for mosquitoes," said Lesser, the chief of the Mosquito Control Section of the state Department of Agriculture.
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By ABIGAIL TUCKER and ABIGAIL TUCKER,SUN REPORTER | August 13, 2006
When I was about 10, my parents learned that it was actually more economical to send me to Girl Scout camp in the wilds of Maine - central Maine, Stephen King's Maine - than it was to keep me in Haagen-Dazs cones for a summer at home in Connecticut. From the depths of the garage, they dragged a down sleeping bag, bug netting and other mildewed camping supplies I never knew they owned. So what if I'd bailed on the Brownies in third grade? "You're going," they said. By the last hour or so of the drive up the New England coast that June, the pine trees were thick enough to strain the sunlight from the air. Finally, our tires crunched on a gravel parking lot, and I - pudgy, cautious - climbed out to gawk at what looked like a primitive civilization overrun by little girls.
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By JOSEPH SJOSTROM and JOSEPH SJOSTROM,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 12, 2006
Bats. Electric bug zappers. Tiny fish. Insecticides. As mosquito-control devices, they all work. And they all don't. The quest to repel mosquitoes has led people to try some unorthodox methods. But a nature center in Itasca, Ill., tried one this summer that was particularly pungent: garlic. It's a garlic-oil product marketed as harmless to the environment but effective in killing and repelling mosquitoes. But, like most repellents, it showed mixed results. Fred Maier, director of the Spring Brook Nature Center, said his workers sprayed garlic oil on an acre of woods June 13 and July 6, then used two traps -- one placed on the sprayed land and one on unsprayed land.
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By STEPHANIE BEASLEY and STEPHANIE BEASLEY,SUN REPORTER | August 4, 2006
If you have an international trip ahead this summer, you may have been warned about the usual suspects when it comes to dangerous diseases - malaria, hepatitis, typhoid and yellow fever. But depending on your destination, there may be ailments on this year's list that you haven't heard about, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. For example, health officials this year are warning about measles outbreaks in countries as far-flung as Germany, Venezuela and Kenya, while the dangerous Chikungunya fever has popped up in India and nearby island nations.
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