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City favors contract extension with company that missed $US 1 million payment deadline.

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2006
Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame

This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, who in this instance, was actually the biomedical photographer, James Gathany, here at the Centers for Disease Control.  You?ll note the feeding apparatus consisting of a sharp, ?fascicle?, which while not feeding, is covered in a soft, pliant sheath called the "labellum?, which is seen here retracted, as the sharp ?stylets? contained within pierced the host's skin surface, as the insect obtained its blood meal. The fascicle is composed of a pair of needle-sharp stylets. The larger of the two stylets, known as the "labrum", when viewed in cross-section takes on the shape of an inverted "V", and acts as a gutter, which directs the ingested host blood towards the insect's mouth. This female?s abdomen had become distended due to the blood meal she was ingesting, imparting the red coloration to her translucent abdominal exoskeleton.

DF and DHF are primarily diseases of tropical and sub-tropical areas, and the four different dengue serotypes (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4), are maintained in a cycle that involves humans and the Aedes mosquito. However, Aedes aegypti, a domestic, day-biting mosquito that prefers to feed on humans, is the most common Aedes species. Infections produce a spectrum of clinical illness ranging from a nonspecific viral syndrome to severe and fatal hemorrhagic disease. Important risk factors for DHF include the strain of the infecting virus, as well as the age, and especially the prior dengue infection history of the patient.

Zika is carried by mosquitoes that reproduce in standing water, but in some cities that water can be hard to eliminate.

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LandsatCapeCod

Pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other organic compounds found in small concentrations in household drinking water

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2016-01-20 South Africa KSchneider Croc7

Metcroc farm is full of slow moving product that doesn’t bite….hard.

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The scene from the porch, 2july08: DC Water And Sewer Authority carries on their quest to vanquish lead pipe along Irving Street NW, Washington DC

Federal rules are not strict enough to prevent lead poisoning

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State environmental agency’s indifference and intransigence violated public trust.

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Weld County, Colorado

Inspections continued to decline in 2015.

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In rare instance of unity, people eye government’s blunders, not each other.

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Drought restrictions and wet summers shake utility budgets. Researchers propose a new financial tool.

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2016-01 South Africa 1 KSchneider_Coal-fired power plants east of Joburg

Cities run dry and harvests retreat in an already reeling nation.

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Water is connected to the world’s most severe problems

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Circle of Blue combines data and geopolitical analysis to identify 10 places where water issues could undermine civic stability.

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Residents put at risk by ideology, misguided decisions.

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Expert panel will assess safety of eating food grown with treated wastewater

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A new study offers a clear-eyed warning about the ramifications of an Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes.

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Chandigarh, India

After a year of deep droughts, worsening pollution, rising sea levels, and floods, water was finally recognized as perilous to nations and the international economy.

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Food crisis continues in midst of severe El Nino drought.

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CAdroughtMaxwell

In the perpetual search for water supplies, a salty upstart will be in the spotlight

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Safe drinking water tops list of concerns.

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Solutions require new thinking about wastewater treatment

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