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Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) facts Necrotizing fasciitis refers to a rapidly spreading infection, usually located in fascial planes of connective tissue that results in tissue death (necrosis). Different types of bacterial infection can cause necrotizing fasciitis. The majority of cases begin with an existing infection, most frequently on an extremity or in a wound. Necrotizing […]

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Detailed Image of Zika Virus Could Lead to Better Vaccines and Treatments

Detailed Image of Zika Virus Could Lead to Better Vaccines and Treatments

The most detailed image yet of the Zika virus could lead to the creation of more effective vaccines and treatments, according to scientists. Latest Infectious Disease News The team combined tens of thousands of two-dimensional images to construct a three-dimensional model of Zika‘s structure, The New York Times reported. The image may help scientists detect […]

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Is Mononucleosis (Mono) Contagious?

Is Mononucleosis (Mono) Contagious?

What is mono (mononucleosis)? Mono (also termed mononucleosis or infectious mononucleosis) is a disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Children are commonly infected with EBV and show few or no symptoms. Older individuals, teenagers, and adults may show symptoms when infected. These consist mainly of fatigue, fever, inflamed throat, and swollen lymph nodes in […]

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Is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) Contagious?

Is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) Contagious?

What is hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)? Is hand, foot, and mouth disease contagious? What is the incubation period for hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)? How long is hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) contagious? How do I know someone has hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)? How is hand, foot, and mouth […]

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Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Latest Infectious Disease News FRIDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Aedes mosquitoes in California can spread the Zika virus, researchers report. Laboratory studies have shown that several species of Aedes mosquitoes can transmit Zika, but whether the same species in different regions could spread the virus was unclear. Zika is a relatively mild illness […]

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Health Tip: When Canning Food at Home

Health Tip: When Canning Food at Home

(HealthDay News) — Canning food is a long-standing tradition in many households and a perfect way to enjoy the freshness of summer foods year round. Latest Infectious Disease News But improper canning can lead to nasty consequences, such as botulism, a potentially deadly illness produced by a germ Clostridium botulinum. When it comes to canning, […]

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Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?

Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?

What is tetanus? Tetanus, sometimes called lockjaw, is a rare disease caused by bacteria known as Clostridium tetani. A toxin produced by the bacteria affects the function of the nerves and leads to severe muscle spasms in the abdomen, neck, stomach, and extremities. Tetanus can either be localized to one part of the body or […]

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Health Tip: Avoiding Lyme Disease

Health Tip: Avoiding Lyme Disease

(HealthDay News) — Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by the bite of an infected tick. Latest Infectious Disease News Here are suggestions to reduce your risk of Lyme disease, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stay out of areas where ticks are likely to be, including wooded […]

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Levaquin (levofloxacin) Antibiotic

Levaquin (levofloxacin) Antibiotic

Summary Levofloxacin (Levaquin – brand discontinued) is an antibiotic for treating bacterial infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, ears, bones, airways, and joints. Levaquin is often used to treat urinary tract infections, prostatitis, diarrhea caused by E. coli, Campylobacter jejuni, or Shigella, mastitis, acute bacterial sinusitis, acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, prostatitis, anthrax inhalation, […]

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70 Sickened So Far in Salmonella-Tainted Melon Outbreak

70 Sickened So Far in Salmonella-Tainted Melon Outbreak

Latest Infectious Disease News WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A salmonella outbreak linked to melons and fruit salad mixes continues to expand, say officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, 70 people have been sickened across seven states after eating fruit salad mixes that included pre-cut watermelon, honeydew […]