Watch How Mosquitos Use Six Gross Needles to Suck Our Blood

Ugh, did they have to putting sucking noises on the majority of the soundtrack?!

There was an interview recently on bbc with one of the UN biologists in charge of mosquito control. Apparently this is a question he gets frequently.

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Experts Call Olympics “Unethical,” Want Them Moved/Postponed—CDC Disagrees

With Brazil already swarming with Zika-loaded mosquitoes, hosting 500,000 foreign athletes and spectators for the 2016 Olympic games there in August poses unnecessary health risks and is downright “unethical,” according to an international group of 150 health experts.

Source: Experts call Olympics “unethical,” want them moved/postponed—CDC disagrees

I guess the big thing that would address my concerns is some quantitative treatment of the CDC’s argument: What is the % increase in the number of people traveling to Brazil — or the whole Zika-infested region — will the Olympics represent? If it is indeed a small percentage, then I could believe it’s true that it won’t cause a significant increase in risk of outbreaks in countries people are traveling from.

The numbers might be small for direct contact, but considering that a significant number of the athletes will be females in a child-bearing age range could exacerbate that.

These Wristbands and Pricey Gadgets Don’t Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You

Nobody likes mosquitoes, but the mosquitoes sure do love us. Spraying your skin with DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus keeps them at bay, but stores are full of wristbands, candles, clothing, and other products that claim to repel bugs without those nasty “chemicals.” Some of them might help, but none are reliable.

Source: These Wristbands and Pricey Gadgets Don’t Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You

I am one of those people who come away from a patio party with a dozen mosquito bites when everyone else has 2 or 3. I have read countless articles about why they think I am so tasty, and I don’t appear to fit any of the profiles. Mosquitoes are the worst…

Australian Athletes Will Get Anti-Zika Condoms for the Olympic Games

What about protecting them from Rio in general?

It’s no secret that Olympic athletes like to get it on. Recognizing this, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is adding an extra measure to help its prized athletes stay safe: antiviral condoms that help protect against the Zika virus.

Source: Australian Athletes Will Get Anti-Zika Condoms for the Olympic Games

It’s not officially an Olympic year until there’s a story about condom quantity or use at the Games in Australia.

Don’t Donate Blood for a Month if You’ve Been Exposed to Zika

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging people who’ve returned from places where the Zika virus is active to refrain from donating blood for at least a month, while also recommending against the collection of blood from any region with active transmission.

Source: Don’t Donate Blood for a Month if You’ve Been Exposed to Zika

Delay for at least 4 weeks, but if in doubt – take more time rather than less.