West Nile Virus http://www.kunc.org en Emerging Virus Chikungunya Under Scrutiny By Fort Collins CDC Lab http://www.kunc.org/post/emerging-virus-chikungunya-under-scrutiny-fort-collins-cdc-lab <p>While most Americans probably haven't heard of Chikungunya, Ann Powers, a research microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, has been studying the virus for 15 years.</p><p>The mosquito-carried virus made the news recently when the first locally-transmitted case of it appeared in Florida, July 17. Now, the public and medical researchers are wondering if it may spread further into the United States, and how serious it might be.</p><p>The research that Powers does at the CDC's Division of Vector Borne Diseases in Fort Collins may help answer some of those questions.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 59079 at http://www.kunc.org Emerging Virus Chikungunya Under Scrutiny By Fort Collins CDC Lab 5 Colorado Counties Test Positive For West Nile http://www.kunc.org/post/5-colorado-counties-test-positive-west-nile <p></p><p>For the first time in the 2014 season, West Nile infected mosquitoes have been found in 5 Colorado counties. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:47:42 +0000 Jackie Fortier 57879 at http://www.kunc.org 5 Colorado Counties Test Positive For West Nile The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus http://www.kunc.org/post/high-cost-treating-people-hospitalized-west-nile-virus Fifteen years ago an unwelcome viral visitor entered the U.S., and we've been paying for it ever since.<p>The U.S recorded its first case of West Nile virus back in 1999. Since then, the disease has spread across the lower 48 states and cost the country around $800 million, scientists <a href="http://www.ajtmh.org/content/early/2014/02/03/ajtmh.13-0206.full.pdf+html">reported</a> this week in the <em>American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene</em>.<p>The hefty bill works out to about $57 million a year. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:25:00 +0000 54018 at http://www.kunc.org The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus Shutdown Brings Fort Collins CDC To 10% Staffing http://www.kunc.org/post/shutdown-brings-fort-collins-cdc-10-staffing <p>Across Colorado thousands of federally funded lab workers remain furloughed&nbsp;due to the government shutdown.&nbsp;At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/pdf/dvbd-pamphlet-2011.pdf">Division of Vector-Borne Diseases&nbsp;</a>in Fort Collins, just 10 percent of staff remain on duty.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:48:04 +0000 Grace Hood 50416 at http://www.kunc.org Shutdown Brings Fort Collins CDC To 10% Staffing Finding An All-Natural Alternative To DEET http://www.kunc.org/post/finding-all-natural-alternative-deet <p>Since West Nile Virus was first identified more than a decade ago, applying bug spray became a must for summer outings. But sprays containing DEET can be a turn off. They can be smelly and feel greasy.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Grace Hood 49255 at http://www.kunc.org Finding An All-Natural Alternative To DEET