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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

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A Mysterious Bacterial Infection Is Killing People In The Midwest

A mysterious blood infection that has killed 17 people in Wisconsin over the past four months has now been linked to the death of a Michigan resident, raising the stakes for medical investigators who are scrambling to trace the source of the outbreak. Since November, at least 54 people in Wisconsin have fallen seriously ill … 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

Scientists Discover New Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease

Scientists have discovered a new Lyme disease-causing bacteria in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms than its more familiar predecessor. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States, affecting more than 300,000 Americans each year. Until now, only one species of bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was thought … Continue reading

No, Syrian Refugees Aren’t Going To Bring A ‘Flesh-Eating Disease’ Into America

Already ravaged by years of violent conflict and terrorism, the people of Syria are now also battling against an outbreak of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that has taken hold across large swaths of the war-torn country. Making this desperate situation even worse, conservative media outlets like Breitbart News have pounced upon the opportunity to stir … 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

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

Climate Change Could Force 100 Million More People Into Poverty By 2030, World Bank Warns

If countries fail to develop and sustain policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide a safety net for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report warns. The report, titled “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on … Continue reading

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