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Girl Dies From Brain Eating Amoeba in Texas: What Are the Risks?

Girl Dies From Brain Eating Amoeba in Texas: What Are the Risks?

By Peter Schelden on 09/17/2019 3:11 PM Latest Infectious Disease News Source: MedicineNet Health News A 10-year-old girl who contracted a brain eating amoeba in central Texas has died. The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the girl had primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a brain infection caused by the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri, according to […]

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Brain Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)

Brain Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)

What are risk factors for Naegleria fowleri infection? The source of nearly all of the Naegleria fowleri infections reported since 1962 in the U.S. has been exposure to untreated freshwater during the summer. Activities that pose a risk include submerging the head, jumping feet first, diving, and sports that pull a person behind a boat, […]

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Group B Strep

Group B Strep

What should I know about group B strep? Group B strep bacteria can cause infections in a pregnant woman and her baby. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) are bacteria found normally in the intestine, vagina, and rectum in about 25% of all healthy pregnant women. Group B strep infections can affect newborn babies and adults. Most […]

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Coxsackievirus

Coxsackievirus

Alexander, Jr., James P., et al. “Coxsackievirus B2 Infection and Aseptic Meningitis: A Focal Outbreak among Members of a High School Football Team.” The Journal of Infectious Diseases 167.5 May 1, 1993. Bennet, Nicholas John. “Pediatric Enteroviral Infections Clinical Presentation.” Medscape.com. June 16, 2017. <https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/963637-clinical>. Blomqvist, S., P. Kemola, P., S. Kaijalainen, et al. “Co-circulation […]

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Health Tip: Avoiding Cholera

Health Tip: Avoiding Cholera

(HealthDay News) — Cholera causes 95,000 deaths around the world each year, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latest Infectious Disease News All travelers and residents in areas where cholera is occurring should take precautions to protect themselves and family members. To avoid contracting cholera, the CDC recommends: Drink and use safe […]

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New Strain of Strep Causing Cases of Scarlet Fever

New Strain of Strep Causing Cases of Scarlet Fever

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Infectious Disease News TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new, more toxic strain of strep A bacteria is causing an outbreak of scarlet fever among British children, researchers report. The upswing in scarlet fever is the biggest seen since the 1960s. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of […]

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Health Tip: Understanding Mononucleosis

Health Tip: Understanding Mononucleosis

(HealthDay News) — Mononucleosis, sometimes called mono, has a group of flu-like symptoms that are usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Latest Infectious Disease News Q Fever? A Bigger Threat to Humans Than Thought Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry Lyme Disease Now a Threat in City Parks Anthrax Is a Risk on Every […]