Environmental Health

"New Cluster of Zika Cases Is Reported in Miami Beach"

"A cluster of Zika cases most likely transmitted by local mosquitoes has been identified in Miami Beach, a health official said Thursday. Health authorities are trying to decide whether to designate a section of the bustling tourist city as a zone of active Zika transmission, and whether to advise pregnant women to avoid the area."

Source: NY Times, 08/19/2016

NC: "Top Aides To Be Questioned About Coal Ash Well Water Warnings"

"Top aides in the McCrory administration will have to testify under oath about a 2015 meeting on how to word do-not-drink warnings to well owners who live near Duke Energy coal ash ponds."

Source: Raleigh News & Observer, 08/17/2016

"An Indiana City Is Poised To Become The Next Flint"

A chronic array of mysterious health problems among public housing residents in East Chicago, Indiana, was finally traced to soil contaminated with lead and arsenic by decades of industrial activity. Authorities from various government agencies had kept residents in the dark about the threat.

Source: Think Progress, 08/16/2016

"Zika, Miami And Innovative Alternatives To Pesticides"

"As locally acquired cases of Zika continue to gradually grow in Miami, officials are still hamstrung in deploying a promising technology to fight the mosquitoes that transmit the virus, Aedes aegypti. There are 22 locally acquired cases in Florida, 19 primarily in the Wynwood area of Miami, two in Broward County, and a new case in Palm Beach County."

Source: Forbes, 08/15/2016

NC State Epidemiologist Resigns After McCrory "Misleads" on Well Water

"North Carolina’s state epidemiologist resigned Wednesday to protest her employer’s depiction that “deliberately misleads” how screening standards were created to test private wells near Duke Energy’s power plants."

Source: Charlotte Observer, 08/11/2016

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