Communicable Disease

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5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

A Surgical Tech May Have Exposed Over 5,000 Patients To Hepatitis And HIV In Hospitals Across Four States

Hospitals in four states are warning thousands of patients that they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV by a former hospital worker who allegedly tampered with patients’ syringes to steal narcotic pain medication. The alert comes after Rocky Allen, 28, a former surgical technician, was indicted last month in Colorado on charges of … Continue reading

Zika And Emerging Viral Epidemics: When, Where, And Why They Strike

The US looks to be on the brink of a new viral epidemic, as a virus that did not even exist in the region a year ago is now among the top concern of infectious disease specialists across the Western Hemisphere. Zika virus, transmitted primarily by the bites of Aedes mosquitoes, has been found across … Continue reading

Deadly ‘Kissing Bugs’ Are Spreading Across The Southern U.S.

A disease-carrying insect that can cause a deadly infection in humans is spreading across the southeastern United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the month of November alone, Triatomine bugs–known more commonly as “kissing bugs”–were discovered in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, bringing the number of affected … Continue reading

Ebola Returns To Liberia Months After Country Was Declared Ebola-Free

Three new cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia on Thursday, more than two months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the country free of the deadly virus. The return of Ebola to Liberia marks a major setback in the fight against the disease, raising serious concerns that Ebola will remain a perpetual threat in the West African … Continue reading

The FDA Just Made It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it had approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The new version will make it easier to administer and less intimidating than the previously approved injectable form. Sold under the brand name Narcan, the drug has been … Continue reading

BREAKING: Brazilian Man Who Traveled To Guinea Suspected Of Having Ebola

The Brazilian Health Ministry announced Wednesday that it is investigating a suspected case of Ebola involving a 46-year-old man who began showing symptoms of the deadly virus two days after returning from the West African nation of Guinea. The patient, whose identity was not released, arrived in Brazil on Nov. 6 after visiting Guinea, one … Continue reading

Two-Thirds Of The World’s Population Has Oral Herpes, WHO Says

Nearly seven in 10 people under age 50 – more than 3.7 billion teens and adults worldwide – are infected with the highly contagious and incurable herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. Known as “oral herpes” and spread primarily … Continue reading

After UK Nurse’s Ebola Relapse, Scientists Are Rethinking What We Know – And Don’t Know – About The Disease

Since the Ebola virus was first identified in 1976, doctors have approached the disease with a reasonable idea of what those infected were facing. The disease was known to be grim – a hemorrhagic fever which caused copious amounts of bleeding and, in up to 90 percent of cases, death – but those who survived … Continue reading

CVS Is Making It Easier To Access A Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Drug Without A Prescription

CVS pharmacy on Wednesday expanded a program that allows people to buy the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone—also known as Narcan—without a prescription at its pharmacies in a total of 14 states, in an effort to help combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claims more than 20,000 lives each year to accidental overdoses. … Continue reading

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