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New Virus Has WHO Worried
by Kimberly Allen, RN According to the World Health Organization, WHO, there is a new SARS-like virus that has been found in humans and is calling it “a threat to the entire world”.  The new virus is a member of the family of coronavirus.  So far the novel corona... Read more
The New Bird Flu

So far at least 20 people have been affected with diagnosis confirmed with lab tests. Of those diagnosed, 6 have died and 4 are critically ill. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a statement telling US residents not to panic because the new flu strain is so far only in China …

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Death By Rabies Highlights Organ Donor Failure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with health officials in Maryland, have confirmed that a man has died of rabies. And how did this man contract rabies? Through organ donation…

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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Still Going Six Month Later

It’s been almost 6 months since the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak began and there are still people reporting infections caused by the contaminated steroids responsible for the outbreak. According to the CDC, so far the outbreak of fungal meningitis has killed 48 and …

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“Nightmare Bacteria”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, health care facilities in 42 states are reporting an increase in the incidence of infection from a deadly bacteria – the bacteria known as a carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE…

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Anthrax Flashback

Remember the anthrax scare that blanketed the country after 9/11? Well, the labs at the Centers for disease Control and Prevention are responsible for securing US samples of anthrax as well as the plague and a number of other deadly diseases…

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Largest TB Outbreak in Decade Among Homeless in Los Angeles

Despite the overall declining number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) across the country it is on the rise among the homeless. Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control sent a group of scientists to Los Angeles to assist local officials with what they are calling the largest TB outbreak in over a decade. Health officials state that 11 people have died from this particular strain of TB since 2007. Most of the cases of TB were found…

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Flu Update: Now It’s an Epidemic

According to federal health officials, with the number of deaths in children reaching 20 so far this year, the flu has reached epidemic proportions. The CDC reports that this year between the end of September and the end of December 2012 the number of flu cases reported was 22,048 as opposed to 849 cases of the flu reported in the same time period in 2011…

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Flu Epidemic Sweeps the Nation

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread cases of the flu in 47 states in its latest report issued today. Flu cases are high in 24 states, moderate in 16, low in five and minimal in five. The report was based on findings during the week of Dec. 30 to Jan. 5. In addition to calling the flu outbreak “widespread,” the CDC has also reported that deaths from flu and pneumonia are “slightly above the epidemic threshold.”

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Suicide – A Serious Public Health Issue

As the suicide rates continue to climb the CDC states “suicide is a serious public health problem.” Suicide can have long term harmful effects on not only families and individuals but communities as well…

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