Top News: #Infections

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CDCThe mysterious infection that might be behind 17 deaths in Wisconsin has spread to a second state:

The biggest outbreak of Elizabethkingia in recorded public health history just got bigger. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) confirmed Thursday that an older adult from the western part of the state has died after contracting the obscure blood infection, which has sickened more than 50 in Wisconsin. Seventeen of those patients died, though it’s not clear whether the infection was to blame. All of the victims were people with underlying health conditions, including the latest one in Michigan: Read more


global-digital-image-of-the-world-social-media-16x9Pandemic vs. Endemic vs. Outbreak: Terms to Know:

Understanding epidemiological terms such as pandemic, endemic, and outbreak can be confusing, especially as more news emerges about Zika virus and dengue fever. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh offers some insight. What is the difference among a pandemic, endemic and an outbreak?: Read more


111210_web-900x596Zika outbreak potential in the US estimated in new study:

Key factors that can combine to produce a Zika virus outbreak are expected to be present in a number of U.S. cities during peak summer months, new research shows. Summertime weather conditions are favorable for populations of the mosquito along the East Coast as far north as New York City and across the southern tier of the country as far west as Phoenix and Los Angeles, according to specialized computer simulations conceived and run by researchers at NCAR and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center: Read more


twodosechickTwo-dose chickenpox shot gets the job done, study shows:

Among school children, two doses of the chickenpox vaccine is better than one, a new study finds. Giving the first dose at age 1 and the second dose at ages 4 to 6 is nearly 100 percent effective in preventing the once common childhood disease, researchers have found. “A second dose of varicella [chickenpox] vaccine provides school-aged children with better protection against the chickenpox virus, compared to one dose alone or no vaccination,” said lead researcher Dana Perella, of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Read more


diabetesmayrDiabetes may raise risk for dangerous staph infection:

People with diabetes may be significantly more likely to develop potentially deadly “staph” blood infections than those without diabetes, a new study suggests. As the Danish researchers explained, Staphyloccus aureus bacteria live on the skin and are normally harmless. However, the germs can cause dangerous infections if they enter the bloodstream. In fact, the 30-day death rate from such infections is 20 percent to 30 percent, according to the research team from Aalborg University Hospital and Aarhus University Hospital: Read more