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Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

Epstein-Barr virus infection facts The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a herpes virus that is found worldwide and is a common cause of viral pharyngitis (infectious mononucleosis). The cause of an Epstein-Barr infection (mononucleosis) is EBV; risk factors include intimate contacts with body secretions (especially saliva) and objects that may be exposed to body secretions of […]

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Severity of E. Coli-Linked Diarrhea May Depend on Blood Type

Severity of E. Coli-Linked Diarrhea May Depend on Blood Type

Latest Infectious Disease News THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some vacationers may be more lucky than others if they catch a case of “traveler’s diarrhea.” Researchers found that for people infected with the type of E. coli bacteria that causes the condition, the severity of their symptoms seemed to depend on their blood […]

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Pools, Hot Tubs Can Harbor Dangerous Germs

Pools, Hot Tubs Can Harbor Dangerous Germs

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Infectious Disease News THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds may be synonymous with summertime fun, but they also can be breeding grounds for dangerous germs that could make you violently ill. In some cases, they can even lead to death, U.S. health officials […]

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Could New Pig Virus Pose Threat to People?

Could New Pig Virus Pose Threat to People?

Latest Infectious Disease News WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new virus found in pigs may pose a threat to people, new research suggests. Researchers found the virus was able to infect cultured human cells and cells of other species in a lab. The discovery is raising concerns about a potentially dangerous outbreak […]

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New Rabies Test Could Save Lives, Maybe Even Minus the Shots

New Rabies Test Could Save Lives, Maybe Even Minus the Shots

Latest Infectious Disease News WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new rapid rabies test for animals could revolutionize screening and spare humans unnecessary painful treatment, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC-developed test — called LN34 — is highly accurate and produces results more quickly and […]

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Egg Farm at Center of Salmonella Outbreak Had Rodents: FDA

Egg Farm at Center of Salmonella Outbreak Had Rodents: FDA

The North Carolina egg farm at the center of a multi-state salmonella outbreak was infested with rodents, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection report cited by the Washington Post. Latest Infectious Disease News Dozens of rodents, both alive and dead, were found in and around hen houses at the Rose Acre Farms […]

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‘Superbug’ Surfaces at Poultry Farm in China

‘Superbug’ Surfaces at Poultry Farm in China

Latest Infectious Disease News MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — E. coli that’s resistant to a “last-resort” antibiotic has been discovered on a commercial poultry farm in China, researchers report. Specifically, the strain found on the farm carried genes resistant to the antibiotic colistin, which is used against certain bacteria. The study was published […]

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Congo Ebola Outbreak Death Toll Now at 19

Congo Ebola Outbreak Death Toll Now at 19

The number of victims who’ve died as a result of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 19, with health officials speeding an experimental vaccine to the outbreak’s epicenter. Latest Infectious Disease News The World Health Organization (WHO) said there are now 39 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola […]