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Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles

December 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread, a new report shows.
“The exposures in this report were not prolonged and occurred in a domestic rather than […]


Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report

December 18, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Ebola’s entrance into the United States — along with Angelina Jolie’s chickenpox and the National Hockey League’s mumps outbreak — have highlighted cracks in the nation’s public health defense against infectious disease, according to a new health policy report released Thursday.
Half of U.S. states are […]


Many Flu Infections Aren’t Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

December 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza […]


Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk

December 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The tragic death from “rat-bite fever” of a 10-year-old San Diego boy highlights the risk carried by the pet rodents, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Rat-bite fever is a rare but potentially fatal illness that should be considered in persons with […]


Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot

December 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A high-dose influenza vaccine is better than the standard vaccine for frail seniors under care in nursing homes, a new study suggests.
Researchers report that the high-dose shot produces a stronger immune response in this elderly population, a potential sign it will keep more cases of flu at bay.
“For […]


Texas Infant Dies of Legionnaires’ Disease After ‘Water Birth’

December 17, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new report on a Texas infant who died from Legionnaires’ disease after being born in a whirlpool tub highlights the potential dangers of having a “water birth.”
It’s not clear if the baby was infected with the respiratory illness via the well water in the […]


Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola

December 17, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A screening test has identified more than 50 drugs that could be helpful in treating people with Ebola, researchers report.
The drugs, which are already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, all showed promise in preventing the Ebola virus from entering human cells, where […]


‘Kids’ Diseases’ Now Hitting Adults

December 16, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film.
Meanwhile, an outbreak of mumps has hit the National Hockey League, sidelining more than a dozen players and two referees.
These are considered kids’ diseases. Most adults have vivid, fretful […]


Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems

December 16, 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many Ebola survivors in West Africa face major challenges and need support to help them cope, two new studies report.
There are now thousands of Ebola survivors, according to the new research. These survivors have to deal with stigma, income loss, long-term concerns about their mental and physical health, […]


Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection

December 16, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people.
The process — known as zoonosis — is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as they look for signs that an animal-borne disease […]



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