Ashwini Kucknoor

Jefferson County issued a beach advisory for McFaddin Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Water samples collected at the point of the beach closest to the entrance of the National Wildlife Refuge found elevated levels of the Enterococcus bacteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers anything over 104 colonies to be unsafe.

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Photo by James Gathany/CDC

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes.

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photo by Kevin King

Ashwini Kucknoor, assistant professor of microbiology, has received a Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP) Grant for the 2014-15 academic year.

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