Kharpa Beetle Comes Through Atlanta Airport, Idaho Sees Virus Numbers Rise
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport recently intercepted the insect described as the world’s most destructive insect pest of grain products and seeds.
During an examination they discovered dried pigeon peas in a passenger’s luggage that contained a live larva and cast skins which proved to be Khapra Beetle.
The Khapra Beetle is considered one of the world’s most destructive insect pests of grains, cereals and stored foods and remains the only insect in which CBP takes regulatory action against even while in a dead state.
- The possible number of cases of the severe Enterovirus 68 strain has been on the rise in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says a new case bring the possible number to 10.
The symptoms of this particular strain start just like a common cold, but escalate to breathing issues. So far, none of the cases have been confirmed.
EV68 almost exclusively causes respiratory illness, and varies from mild to severe; symptoms thus include throat ache, runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing as in pneumonia up to respiratory failure. Most people recover completely.