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By Robert On Saturday, June 8th, 2013
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Nantucket Grill in Chapel Hill linked to norovirus outbreak that sickened dozens

Health officials say that at least 41 people were sickened by the gastrointestinal virus after eating at the Nantucket Grill or attending an event catered by the Chapel Hill restaurant, according to ABC affiliate WTVD More...

By Robert On Friday, May 31st, 2013
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Nestle to open more than 20 new labs to study food-borne pathogens

Switzerland-based, Nestle SA,  announced Thursday the opening of more than 20 advanced research laboratories to study food-borne pathogens that are harmful to human health, according to a press release May 30. Norovirus More...

By Robert On Monday, May 13th, 2013
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What is African sleeping sickness?

Often a fatal disease with 15,000-20,000 cases reported annually, more than 60 million people are at risk  for African sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis, in more than 30 African countries. One of More...

By Robert On Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
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Suspected norovirus outbreak on Crystal Cruises ‘Crystal Symphony’ sickens nearly 150

Luxury cruise  line, Crystal Cruises’ latest voyage on the “Crystal Symphony” was struck with an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness of unknown etiology as it embarked in Los Angeles on Monday. Norovirus More...

By Robert On Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
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What is Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis?

The story of three Australian women who developed complications from lymphocytic choriomeningitis, which they contracted after receiving organs from one donor and shortly died thereafter was published in a Sydney More...

By Robert On Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
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What is Valley fever? What is Coccidioidomycosis?

Valley fever, or coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection that is endemic in the southwestern US (Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah), plus arid areas Mexico, Central and South America. People are More...

By Robert On Sunday, April 28th, 2013
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What is Giardiasis? What is Giardia intestinalis (lamblia)?

Giardia intestinalis (lamblia) is the most common intestinal parasite found in humans in the United States. Giardia is a protozoan parasite that lives in the intestine of infected humans and animals (in particular, More...

By Robert On Sunday, April 28th, 2013
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‘Dancing with the Runs’: Norovirus outbreak hits Saskatchewan dance competition

An  outbreak of the gastrointestinal virus, norovirus, hit a dance competition at the TCU Place in Saskatoon, sickening hundreds of competitors, according to a CTV News report Friday.   Norovirus Image/CDC Officials More...

By Robert On Saturday, April 27th, 2013
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What is smallpox and how does the clinical presentation differ from chickenpox?

Smallpox is one of the most devastating diseases in the history of mankind. Believed to originate more than three millennia in India or Egypt, epidemics caused by smallpox have decimated populations across continents. This More...

By Robert On Thursday, April 25th, 2013
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Montana reports double the number of norovirus outbreaks so far this year

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) says the number of outbreaks reported so far in 2013 is double the typical year, according to a DPHHS news release yesterday. Since the beginning More...

By Robert On Sunday, April 21st, 2013
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What is anthrax?

It has been around since to dawn of civilization. Many believe that the 5th plague in the Book of Genesis was caused by anthrax. It’s been recorded in the literature of many other ancient civilizations. First More...

By Robert On Friday, April 19th, 2013
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What is Baylisascaris procyonis?

Baylisascaris procyonis is a roundworm found in the small intestines of raccoons. They excrete the eggs of this parasite in their feces. The eggs can survive in the environment for years under favorable conditions. More...

By Robert On Thursday, April 18th, 2013
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What is schistosomiasis?

Schistosomiasis, also referred to as Bilharzia and Katayama fever, is an infection with a type of Schistosoma parasite. The schistosomes or blood flukes are parasites that have been around since antiquity. It was More...

By Robert On Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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Hepatitis A outbreak in northern Europe likely due to contaminated frozen berries: ECDC

A multicountry hepatitis A outbreak that has affected dozens in the Nordic countries of northern Europe is likely due to frozen berries, according to a European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) More...

By Robert On Sunday, April 14th, 2013
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What is dengue fever?

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle More...

By Robert On Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Norovirus tops rotavirus as leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in American children

The “stomach flu”,  norovirus was responsible for nearly 1 million pediatric medical care visits for 2009 and 2010 in the United States, making it the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in US More...

By Robert On Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
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Cunard cruise lines, Queen Elizabeth, is the third norovirus outbreak in March

At least 84 passengers were stricken with norovirus during a 36 day cruise to the South Pacific on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, according to a KTLA.com report Tuesday. Norovirus Image/CDC Cunard, the cruise ship More...

By Robert On Friday, March 8th, 2013
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Norovirus sickens scores on Royal Caribbean’s ‘Vision of the Seas’

An outbreak of the nasty, gastrointestinal disease has struck passengers and crew of  Royal Caribbean’s ‘Vision of the Seas’ upon returning to Port Everglades today, according to a WPTV.com report More...

By Robert On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
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Vancouver area restaurant, Billygan’s Roadhouse, closed due to possible norovirus

Clark County health officials closed a Salmon Creek restaurant Friday after nearly two dozen patron fell ill  after eating there, according to a koinlocal6.com report Friday. Image/kgw.com video screen shot Clark More...

By Robert On Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
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New Jersey reports an increase in norovirus outbreaks, Princeton University experiences another outbreak

With norovirus outbreaks sweeping across the United States, New Jersey is also being hit hard by the gastrointestinal virus this season, according to a New Jersey Department of Health news release today. Norovirus More...


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