babesiosis http://ripr.org en When Summer Makes You Sick http://ripr.org/post/when-summer-makes-you-sick <p>Or, rather, summer activities, like swimming, or hiking through the woods.</p><p>To wit:</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:23:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 18079 at http://ripr.org Tick-borne diseases and the blood supply http://ripr.org/post/tick-borne-diseases-and-blood-supply <p>Tomorrow morning (Thurs., Sept. 6) I’ll be joining our Morning Edition host Chuck Hinman to talk about the rising number of transfusion-acquired babesiosis infections.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8300 at http://ripr.org Ticks, disease, and the environment http://ripr.org/post/ticks-disease-and-environment <p>This week, we’re all about Block Island here on RIPR. It’s the focus of our annual “<a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain?action=section&amp;SECTION_ID=9788">One Square Mile</a>” series, where we bring you stories on a variety of angles about one particular part of Rhode Island. As we started exploring this beautiful island, it became clear to me that one of the biggest health stories is how ticks have come to be such a menace. So, I invite you to listen to the three stories I’ve reported about the problem:</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8301 at http://ripr.org West Nile in RI and the Rise of Vector-borne Disease http://ripr.org/post/west-nile-ri-and-rise-vector-borne-disease <p>The RI Department of Environmental Management says in a statement today that a weekly sampling of mosquitoes collected from a swamp in Westerly tested positive for <a href="http://www.health.ri.gov/diseases/westnilevirus/">West Nile virus</a>. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hermetically seal yourself, your kids, and your pets inside until the first frost. But the presence of West Nile and other diseases transmitted by so-called “vectors” like mosquitoes and ticks in our area should mean you take a few precautions before venturing into the great outdoors.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8328 at http://ripr.org