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Measles Outbreak Triggers Sharp Rise in Demand for Vaccine in Washington State

Measles Outbreak Triggers Sharp Rise in Demand for Vaccine in Washington State

Health clinics in Clark County, Washington are scrambling to meet the sharply increased demand for measles vaccination as people seek protection during an outbreak of the highly contagious virus. Latest Infectious Disease News State health department data show that orders for two types of measles vaccines in the county were nearly 500 percent higher in […]

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Typhus

Typhus

Typhus Symptom Fever The definition of fever is an elevation in body temperature or a high body temperature. Technically, any body temperature above the normal oral measurement of 98.6 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) or the normal rectal temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) is considered elevated. However, these are averages, and one’s normal body temperature may […]

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As U.S. Measles Outbreaks Spread, Why Does ‘Anti-Vax’ Movement Persist?

As U.S. Measles Outbreaks Spread, Why Does ‘Anti-Vax’ Movement Persist?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Infectious Disease News THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Measles outbreaks across the United States — including one in Washington state where 50 cases have now been identified — have again shone the spotlight on parents who resist getting kids vaccinated. These outbreaks are a clear sign of the […]

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Dangerous Bacteria May Lurk in Hospital Sinks

Dangerous Bacteria May Lurk in Hospital Sinks

Latest Infectious Disease News THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Hospital germ detectives say the sinks next to toilets in patient rooms may harbor potentially dangerous bacteria. Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin checked a large Wisconsin hospital for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase. KPC is a type of bacteria that can cause health care-associated […]

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Patient Tested for Ebola at Philadelphia Hospital

Patient Tested for Ebola at Philadelphia Hospital

Preliminary results from a patient being tested for Ebola suggest that the patient has another condition, say officials at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Latest Infectious Disease News “Proper protocols and precautions will remain in place to ensure the safety of all of our patients and staff,” Dr. PJ Brennan, Penn […]

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New Antibiotic Treats Pneumonia, Skin Infections

New Antibiotic Treats Pneumonia, Skin Infections

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Infectious Disease News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An updated version of an old antibiotic works well against pneumonia and serious skin infections — giving doctors a new option for some common ills, researchers say. In two trials, researchers found that the drug — called omadacycline — worked […]

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Surgery Restores Movement to Kids With Polio-Like Illness

Surgery Restores Movement to Kids With Polio-Like Illness

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Infectious Disease News TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Kale Hyder was an active teenager and basketball player when a mysterious polio-like illness struck. The 6-foot-2 youth from Davenport, Iowa, woke up with a stiff neck in June 2015 at age 15. Within weeks he was paralyzed from the […]

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Thrive Market Recalls Nut Butters

Thrive Market Recalls Nut Butters

All unexpired lots of Thrive Market-branded nut butters are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination. Latest Infectious Disease News “On January 21, 2019, one of our suppliers notified us that it was issuing a recall of all nut butters it has manufactured since January 2018 because of a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes in […]