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Former Ebola patients to mark 5 years since treatment in US – 10TV

Former Ebola patients to mark 5 years since treatment in US – 10TV

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Published: 08/02/19 06:07 am EDTUpdated: 08/02/19 10:01 am EDT ATLANTA (AP) — As a new Ebola outbreak rages in Congo, some of the first Ebola virus patients to be successfully treated in the United States during the deadliest recorded outbreak five years ago are reuniting with their doctors.Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Ian Crozier were three of four Americans who were treated at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital in 2014 and recovered.They plan to join Emory medical staff for a media briefing Friday, the fifth anniversary of Brantly's arrival. He was the first to come to Emory after being infected while working in Liberia.The current outbreak in Congo has already killed more than 1,800 people, nearly a third of them children.The 2014-16 o
Florida Officials declare state of emergency for Hepatitis A – WCJB

Florida Officials declare state of emergency for Hepatitis A – WCJB

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Florida Officials have declared a public state of emergency to help deal with a rise in Hepatitis A cases. Marion County was named one of the most critically impacted counties. The emergency is to alert the public about the seriousness of Hepatitis A in Florida since the beginning of the year. By comparison, there were 548 cases last year. Let's block ads! (Why?) Source link
Opinion: Mosquitoes are a Canadian icon – and they’re mass murderers – The Globe and Mail

Opinion: Mosquitoes are a Canadian icon – and they’re mass murderers – The Globe and Mail

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In Komarno, Man., whose name means 'mosquito infested' in Ukrainian, a giant statue pays tribute to the region's signature insect. Dr. Gordon Goldsborough, Manitoba Historical Society Timothy C. Winegard is the author of The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator. As a tourism campaign, marketing your city as the “Mosquito Capital of the World” flies in the face of all logic. Mosquitoes are generally not a big-ticket attraction. I imagine there are not too many people who’d put a mosquito-themed vacation on their bucket list. Nevertheless, in 1984 the buzzing town of Komarno, Man., located roughly 70 kilometres north of Winnipeg, did just that: Embracing its reputation – its name means “mosquito infested” in Ukrainian – the town proudly erected a menacing, 15-foot-tal
Florida is the latest state to declare an emergency over hepatitis A – WFTV Orlando

Florida is the latest state to declare an emergency over hepatitis A – WFTV Orlando

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Florida is the latest state to declare an emergency over hepatitis A MIAMI - Officials have declared a public health emergency over the rising number of hepatitis A cases in Florida, the latest part of the country dealing with outbreaks of the liver disease. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared an emergency Thursday to allow the state to spend more on testing and treatment, saying Florida has had more than 2,000 cases since the b...
A woman lost her hands and legs to an infection from puppy kisses – CNN

A woman lost her hands and legs to an infection from puppy kisses – CNN

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When Trainer woke in a hospital bed nine days later, her hands and legs had been amputated.It took doctors seven days to discover Trainer incurred a severe infection, not from a "tropical" travel disease as they first suspected, but from her German shepherd's kisses. Trainer contracted a rare infection from the bacteria capnocytophaga canimorsus, probably when her German shepherd puppy, Taylor, licked an open cut. Dr. Margaret Kobe, the medical director of infectious disease at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, treated Trainer and described her as "delirious" when she entered the intensive care unit. Shortly after, she became unconscious. Her skin started changing rapidly to a purplish-red color, and then it progressed into gangrene. Trainer then developed a blood clot. "It was diffic...
CDC: Overdose deaths now higher in cities than rural areas | TheHill – The Hill

CDC: Overdose deaths now higher in cities than rural areas | TheHill – The Hill

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Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are now higher in cities after years of being more common in rural areas, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Friday.The CDC says overdose rates for urban areas surpassed rural areas in 2016 and 2017, though not by much.The CDC found that in 2017, there were 22 overdose deaths out of every 100,000 people in urban areas. In rural areas, there were 20 overdose deaths per 100,000 people.ADVERTISEMENTOverdose death rates for 2018 will be reported later this year, the agency said.Both urban and rural overdose rates have skyrocketed since 1999, which is when the CDC started analyzing data for its current report. From 1999 through 2003, drug overdose death rates were higher in urban counties than in rura...
Gold miner who died of Ebola contaminated several: DRC official – Al Jazeera English

Gold miner who died of Ebola contaminated several: DRC official – Al Jazeera English

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are racing to contain the Ebola virus after an infected man with a large family contaminated several people amid fears the epidemic could last two to three years in the country. "The gold miner ... will have contaminated several people, but for the moment it is only his wife and one of his 10 children who are sick," the government's Ebola response coordinator Jean-Jacques Muyembe said on Friday. Muyembe said the wife of the miner, who died of Ebola in eastern DRC, tested positive for the disease - the fourth case confirmed in Goma, capital of North Kivu province which is where the outbreak started. 190729114316143 The miner's one-year-old daughter was confirmed on Thursday to hav...
More than 1.5 million Americans could have a sesame allergy – NBC News

More than 1.5 million Americans could have a sesame allergy – NBC News

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Far more people in the United States are allergic to sesame than previously thought, a new study finds.The research, published Friday in JAMA Network Open, found that more than 1.5 million Americans had a sesame allergy — roughly five times the previous estimate. That includes people who were diagnosed with the allergy by a physician, as well as those who weren't diagnosed, but met the researchers' criteria.The new research looked at data from 78,851 children and adults in the U.S. and found that sesame allergies are just as likely in adults as they are in children. (The researchers extrapolated from their findings to estimate that the allergy affects more than 1.5 million people.)June 25, 201903:09Although sesame allergies are not as common as nut, egg or wheat allergies, the new resear
Sesame Allergies Are Likely More Widespread Than Previously Thought – NPR

Sesame Allergies Are Likely More Widespread Than Previously Thought – NPR

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Enlarge this image Patrick Donovan/Getty Images As an ingredient, sesame is pretty popular— it's in tahini and sushi; it's often mixed in granola, sprinkled on bagels or used as a flavoring in an array of dishes. But according to new research, this may be a problem for a substantial number of Americans. While previous studies suggested sesame allergies affected about .2% of U.S. children and adults, new research published this week in JAMA Open estimates the number of sesame-allergic Americans could be as high as .49% — around 1.6 million people. The study's findings come at a time when the FDA is considering adding sesame to its list of top allergens that