It's a pleasure to be able to present this work today.
My name is Cinnamon Bloss.
I am an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego.
The title of my talk is Public Response to
a Proposed Field Trial of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the United States.
This is a case study analysis that I'll be speaking about today.
So, on August 11th,
2009 in Rochester, New York,
a 34-year-old female showed up at her primary care physician with a headache,
fever and was ended up being treated for a urinary tract infection.
Two days later, she still didn't feel right.
She came back to her physician with a worsening headache.
She had lightheadedness, retro orbital eye pain which is sort of a neurological red flag.
She ended up being referred to the emergency room
and at that time had a negative CAT scan and a lumbar puncture.
Over the course of her short stay in the emergency room,
her lightheadedness resolved and she was sent home after about a seven-hour stay there.
On August 17th, she came back again to her position for a third visit saying,
"I just don't feel right."
At that point, her physician learned that she
had just returned from a one-week trip to Key West,
Florida where she had received multiple mosquito bites.
At that point, an infectious disease specialist was brought in and
a serum test that they did at that time was sent to
the CDC and found to be positive for dengue fever.