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By Robert Herriman On Sunday, May 11th, 2014
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What is Strongyloides stercoralis ?

Infection with Strongyloides stercoralis, a nematode parasite,  is frequently asymptomatic or may show few clinical signs. However, on occasion it can persist for many years due to autoinfection, and depending More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, January 25th, 2014
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Royal Caribbean’s ‘Explorer of the Seas’: GI outbreak sickens 300 passengers and crew

Greater than 9 percent of the over 3,000 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas have reported the gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, resembling norovirus,  on their 10-day More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
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Bakery workers linked to norovirus outbreak in Japanese schoolkids

In a follow-up to a report late last week where nearly 1,000 people, primarily schoolchildren, contracted the gastrointestinal infection norovirus, an investigation reveals the source of the outbreak was three More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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‘Possible’ norovirus strikes Royal Caribbean’s ‘Majesty of the Seas’, 68 passengers and crew sickened

More than five dozen passengers and crew on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas have been sickened with a gastrointestinal illness, according to a CBS 12 News report Friday. The cruise ship docked in Miami More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, January 17th, 2014
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Japan: Norovirus sickens over 900 schoolkids in Hamamatsu

More than 900 schoolchildren and 41 teachers in 14 schools in the Japanese city of Hamamatsu have been sickened by the gastrointestinal bug, norovirus, causing them to miss school, according to a Voices of Russia More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, January 12th, 2014
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What is Nipah virus?

Nipah virus (NiV) was initially isolated in 1999 upon examining samples from an outbreak of encephalitis and respiratory illness among adult men in Malaysia and Singapore. Its name originated from Sungai Nipah, More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, January 5th, 2014
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Norovirus sickens nearly 250 Taiwan tourists in South Korea

About 60 percent of the 412 Taiwanese tourists visiting South Korea have been sickened by the symptoms of the gastrointestinal bug, norovirus, according to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in a Taipai More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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Kansas: Health officials investigate ‘suspected’ norovirus outbreak linked to Garden City Jimmy John’s

The Finney County Health Department, along with the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), are investigating a gastrointestinal outbreak that has sickened More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
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Kamloops restaurant, Dorian Greek House, the source of norovirus outbreak that sickened dozens of hospital employees

Last week, dozens of staff illnesses were reported at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops after a Christmas lunch, that in the end sickened at least 36 operating room staff, causing 26 surgeries to be postponed More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, December 7th, 2013
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MIT outbreak: ‘This may or may not be norovirus’ says Medical Director

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is reporting an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis, which is manifested with symptoms like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, according to officials at MIT Medical this More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Norovirus confirmed in Las Vegas outbreak

In a follow-up to a report Sunday,  the Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed the illnesses it is currently investigating among a group of attendees of the National Youth Football Championship event as More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, December 1st, 2013
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‘Possible’ norovirus sickens dozens at youth football championship in Las Vegas

Some 100 children and adults were stricken with flu-like symptoms, including vomiting in Las Vegas in recent days attending and playing in the National Youth Football Championships, according to a KSNV MyNews3.com More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, November 14th, 2013
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Canada norovirus outbreak: 170 Sam Sherratt Public School students absent today

A norovirus outbreak at a Milton, Ontario school has left the school nearly half empty today, according to the Halton District School Board (HDSB). NorovirusImage/CDC The school district announced on it’s More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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Kuru: A tale of cannibalism and rogue-proteins

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea in the 1950s and 60s, it was noticed that people (mostly women) of the Fore tribe were dying of what was originally thought to be a genetic disorder since it happened among family More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, November 1st, 2013
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Stanford University: Florence Moore Hall being sanitized after likely norovirus outbreak

The  Florence Moore Hall is undergoing a complete sanitization Friday and Saturday after dozens of Stanford University students were sickened with probable norovirus after dining at the facility, according to More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a mosquito borne virus that once caused major epidemics in large cities of this country like Philadelphia and New Orleans. Due to good mosquito control and public health practice, the last epidemic More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, October 5th, 2013
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Investigational Norovirus vaccine reduces symptoms by more than 50 percent

An investigational vaccine appears generally well tolerated and effective against the most common strain of norovirus, reducing the main symptoms of the gastrointestinal (GI) infection, vomiting and/or diarrhea, More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
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Norovirus outbreak on cruise ship, ‘Celebrity Summit’ sickens at least 321

Scores of passengers and crew aboard  Celebrity Cruise Lines, Celebrity Summit have been sickened with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea due to norovirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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British health officials advise about norovirus as the winter approaches

Health authorities with the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust issued a advisory today for the public on the “winter vomiting disease”, norovirus, as the season approaches. NorovirusImage/CDC They More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, September 27th, 2013
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What is malaria?

Human malaria is considered a tropical disease, but some cases happen outside the tropics. Most cases are found in Southeast Asia, China, India, and Africa, parts of the Middle East, Mexico, Central and South America. The More...


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