Tag archive for ‘Infectious Diseases Q & A’
By Robert 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 On Friday, September 27th, 2013

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...

By Robert On Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Florida: Norovirus linked to illnesses at Manatee Bay Elementary in Weston

The illness that sickened some 300 students last week with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea at a Weston, Florida elementary school, has been identified as norovirus, according to a WSVN-TV report yesterday. Manatee More...

By Robert On Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Suspected norovirus strikes Fred Olsen’s ‘Black Watch’ and Cunard’s ‘Queen Mary 2’ cruises

A gastrointestinal disease, suspected to be norovirus, has sickened dozens in two cruise lines as reported in different British news sources. The BBC reports that at least 130 passengers of  Fred Olsen’s More...

By Robert On Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Rubella case counts in Japan and Poland continue to rise

The number of rubella (German measles) cases in both Japan and Poland continue to climb as the latest numbers were released Wednesday. Image/CIA As of August 21, 2013, 13,747 rubella cases have been reported in More...

By Robert On Monday, August 19th, 2013

Trichomonas: the sexually transmitted parasite

This little flagellated parasite is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide, mainly causing symptoms in sexually active women. Trichomonas vaginalisImage/CDC Trichomonas vaginalis is the most More...

By Robert On Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Michigan health officials say ‘Tough Mudder’ norovirus outbreak likely due to infected participant

In a follow up to a story last month, epidemiologists with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) say that conclusions from the investigation into the norovirus outbreak, in which some 200 people were More...

By Robert On Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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Norovirus outbreak sickens dozens in Victoria nursing home, may have contributed to nine deaths

An outbreak of the gastrointestinal disease, norovirus, has been confirmed in a Victoria nursing home that resulted in scores of patients and staff becoming ill since July 11, according to the Vancouver Island More...

By Robert On Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

San Juan County boy is first human West Nile virus case in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 13-year-old boy from San Juan County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, he is the first human case of the mosquito borne viral disease More...

By Robert On Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
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Rubella cases continue to climb in Japan and Poland

Two countries on opposite sides of the globe continue their battle with the vaccine-preventable viral infection, rubella, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Image/CIA The More...

By Robert On Sunday, July 28th, 2013
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Norovirus outbreaks result in 120 ill in Washington State

Scores of people have been sickened with the gastrointestinal illness, norovirus, in Whatcom County, Washington, according to health officials. Bellingham Families reports that the illnesses took place in three More...

By Robert On Sunday, July 21st, 2013

What is Naegleria fowleri?

Before you take the kids and try to cool off this summer at the lake in your town, you should know about Naegleria fowleri. Naegleri fowleri Image/CDC This relatively rare, pathogenic amoeba is found in warm or More...

By Robert On Friday, July 5th, 2013

Michigan health officials confirm ‘Tough Mudder’ outbreak caused by norovirus

In a follow-up to a story Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Bureau of Laboratories confirmed that the gastrointestinal outbreak involving both participants and spectators of the 2013 More...

By Robert On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Dozens sickened at Michigan Tough Mudder, norovirus suspected

The Lenawee County Health Department (LCHD) has received numerous reports of gastrointestinal illness (abdominal cramping, fever, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting) from people who attended the Tough More...

By Robert On Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Sushi, sashimi and worms, oh my!

The raw seafood used in foods such as sushi and sashimi may contain parasitic worms that can cause relatively mild to severe infections in humans. Anisakis simplex is the most likely offender when it comes to parasitic More...

By Robert On Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Norovirus outbreak expands in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, at least 200 people sickened

In a follow up to a story last week, the norovirus outbreak that struck 30 Yellowstone National Park employees on June 7, has grown to some 200 people from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and areas More...

By Robert On Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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Japan’s rubella outbreak exceeds 10,000 cases

The rubella oubreak in Japan has eclipsed the 10,000 case mark this month, making it nearly five times the number of cases reported in all of 2012, according to a Japan Times report. Image/CIA According to the  National More...

By Robert On Monday, June 17th, 2013

What is leishmaniasis?

There are dozens of countries in the old world and the new where you could get this disfiguring and potentially fatal disease. During the past 2 decades, much of the press has been on soldiers returning from the More...

By Robert On Friday, June 14th, 2013

Yellowstone employees stricken with norovirus, isolated to Mammoth Hot Springs

An outbreak of the gastrointestinal virus that sickened some 30 Yellowstone National Park employees has been confirmed as norovirus, according to a Jackson Hole News and Guide report Friday. Norovirus Image/CDC The More...

By Robert On Thursday, June 13th, 2013

What is lymphatic filariasis?

Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease that is transmitted to humans, like malaria and yellow fever, via a mosquito bite. However, unlike those acute infections, lymphatic filariasis  may not manifest itself More...

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