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Edinburg Residents Want Action From City to Clean Up Dumping

EDINBURG (KFXV) — Residents of a neighborhood contacted officials after illegal dumping has many in the area concerned. Residents say they are tired of this situation and ask that authorities take action to keep this from happening. A vacant lot near the intersection of Rogers and Juan streets in Edinburg is not so vacant after all – there are tires, fragments of what was once a white-picket fence and garbage scattered throughout. A neighborhood resident says he’s called the city several times to complain about this matter. He adds he’s concerned with the accumulation of trash which only attracts...

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Infant’s death is first Zika-related fatality in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday after a baby girl whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant died shortly after birth in a suburban Houston hospital. The girl, who died a few weeks ago, had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health. “We are devastated to report our first case of Zika-associated death and our hearts go out to the family,” Shah said. Test results linking the death to Zika were confirmed Friday. The mother had traveled while pregnant to her native El Salvador...

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Florida officials go into damage-control mode over Zika

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thank goodness it’s the slow season in Florida. At least that’s what officials and representatives of the state’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry are thinking in the wake of the news that 16 people have been infected with Zika in a small, trendy neighborhood in Miami. The outbreak has sent another chill through the Sunshine State’s all-important tourism industry just weeks after the Orlando nightclub massacre and the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at nearby Walt Disney World. Florida officials have gone into damage-control mode, with Gov. Rick Scott insisting, “We have a safe...

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Zika outbreak prompts travel warning for area of Miami

MIAMI (AP) — In a highly unusual travel warning, health officials advised pregnant women to avoid a part of Miami where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. Health officials last Friday announced that mosquitoes have apparently started spreading Zika on the U.S. mainland, citing four cases they strongly believe were caused by bites. Ten more cases were announced Monday, even though Florida authorities have yet to find any mosquitoes actually carrying the virus. Of the 14 people infected, two are women and 12 are men. Eight patients showed symptoms of Zika, which can include fever, rash, joint...

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Zika Test Now Available For Blood Donations

RGV (KFXV) — United Blood Services say they will allow people who have traveled outside the country to give blood. For months, they’ve denied anyone who traveled outside the country to donate due to the risk of Zika United Blood Services has had to turn away hundreds of donors due to the fear of Zika but now will be working with a lab to test blood samples if the person donating says they’ve traveled outside the country. Jose Rios works at Mission Regional Medical Center. He knows the importance of having blood available and donors who are willing to...

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