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FDA Scientists Develop Mouse Model for Zika Research

FDA Scientists Develop Mouse Model for Zika Research0

'Superbug' Common Among N.C. Hog Workers, Study Says

'Superbug' Common Among N.C. Hog Workers, Study Says0

Bagged Salads May Be Fertile Ground for Bacteria

Bagged Salads May Be Fertile Ground for Bacteria0

Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says

Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says0

U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review

U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review0

More U.S. Kids Getting Drug-Resistant Infections

More U.S. Kids Getting Drug-Resistant Infections0

Some Ebola Infections May Be Symptomless

Some Ebola Infections May Be Symptomless0

Zika Can Survive on Hard Surfaces for Hours

Zika Can Survive on Hard Surfaces for Hours0

Women at Greater Risk Than Men for Zika Infection: Study

Women at Greater Risk Than Men for Zika Infection: Study0

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West Nile's Long-Term Death Toll May Be Higher Than Thought

West Nile's Long-Term Death Toll May Be Higher Than Thought0

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that the death toll from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus might be much greater than thought because its effects may often kill people months or years after infection. "We are ...

Mosquitoes Can Deliver Zika/Chikungunya Double Whammy

Mosquitoes Can Deliver Zika/Chikungunya Double Whammy0

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mosquitoes can infect people with Zika and chikungunya viruses at the same time, new research suggests. And another study found that in addition to Zika virus, two other mosquito-borne viruses -- ...

Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short

Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short0

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Countries around the world need to work harder to combat tuberculosis infections and deaths, a new World Health Organization report says. Nations across the globe have pledged to reduce tuberculosis ...

Scientists Map DNA of Zika Virus From Semen

Scientists Map DNA of Zika Virus From Semen0

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first complete genetic "blueprint" -- genome -- of a sample of Zika virus derived from semen has been obtained by researchers. The mosquito-borne Zika virus typically results in a mild, transient ...

Migration Helps Spread Bird Flu Worldwide

Migration Helps Spread Bird Flu Worldwide0

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Migrating birds can spread bird flu worldwide and monitoring migration routes could provide early warning of outbreaks, researchers say. Their new study looked at how H5N8 bird flu spread globally ...

Florida Officials Announce New Zika Zone in Miami

Florida Officials Announce New Zika Zone in Miami0

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new Zika zone was declared Thursday by Florida health officials, only weeks after a nearby neighborhood was cleared of the mosquito-borne virus following aggressive aerial spraying of ...

Zika Virus Can Damage Fetal Brain Late in Pregnancy: Study

Zika Virus Can Damage Fetal Brain Late in Pregnancy: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus may harm a baby's brain even if the mother is infected just before giving birth, a new study suggests. It had been believed that Zika infection posed a threat to a baby's brain only if ...

If Patient in the Hospital Bed Before You Got Antibiotics -- Take Heed

If Patient in the Hospital Bed Before You Got Antibiotics -- Take Heed0

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a hospital patient is taking antibiotics, the next person to use the same bed may face an elevated risk of infection with the dangerous germ Clostridium difficile, a new study ...

Brucellosis

Brucellosis0

While any germ, bacteria, or virus could potentially be utilized by terrorist, there are a number of biological agents that have been recognized as being more likely to be utilized. The reason for these agents being of concern is based on their ...

Measles Outbreak Among Amish Highlights Need for Vaccinations

Measles Outbreak Among Amish Highlights Need for Vaccinations0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The measles outbreak that struck an Amish community in 2014 illustrates the ongoing threat the infection presents -- and the importance of routine vaccination, U.S. government researchers say. The ...

Zika Connection to Rare Nerve Disorder Bolstered by Study

Zika Connection to Rare Nerve Disorder Bolstered by Study0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a new report, an international team of researchers said it has developed the strongest evidence to date that Zika virus can cause a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Neurologists ...

Shigella

Shigella0

Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements or a decrease in the form of stool (greater looseness of stool). Although changes in frequency of bowel movements and looseness of stools can vary independently of each other, changes often ...

Top Zika Vaccine Candidate Moves Closer to Field Testing

Top Zika Vaccine Candidate Moves Closer to Field Testing0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The leading Zika vaccine candidate should be ready for field testing should new outbreaks occur next year, U.S. health officials announced Monday. Over the weekend, researchers finished recruitment of ...

Cysticercosis (Pork Tapeworm Infection)

Cysticercosis (Pork Tapeworm Infection)0

How Can Food Poisoning Be Prevented? Foods should be cooked thoroughly. This especially applies to eggs, poultry, and meat. A meat thermometer can be used to measure the internal temperature of a meat dish. Food poisoning most commonly ...

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever0

Travelers to other countries often face health issues they wouldn't ordinarily experience at home. To minimize your risks of becoming seriously ill when traveling abroad, you should find out in advance whether any specific immunizations may be ...

Cat Scratch Disease

Cat Scratch Disease0

Cat Scratch Disease Symptoms & Signs Cat scratch disease, also known as catscratch disease, cat scratch fever, or subacute regional lymphadenitis, produces symptoms due to bacterial infection of the lymph nodes with bacteria known as ...

Common Culex Mosquitoes Don't Transmit Zika Virus: Study

Common Culex Mosquitoes Don't Transmit Zika Virus: Study0

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The brown Culex mosquito doesn't appear to be able to transmit the Zika virus to people, researchers report. The researchers at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute said their ...

New MRSA Strain Found in Denmark

New MRSA Strain Found in Denmark0

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in Denmark have identified a new form of the superbug known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that they suspect may be spread through eating contaminated poultry. People ...

Insecticide Spraying Working Against Florida's Zika Mosquitoes: Officials

Insecticide Spraying Working Against Florida's Zika Mosquitoes: Officials0

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aerial spraying of insecticides seems to be stopping the spread of the Zika virus in south Florida, health officials said Friday. Seventy-four confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne infection that ...

Cyclospora Infection (Cyclosporiasis)

Cyclospora Infection (Cyclosporiasis)0

Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary...Cyclospora Outbreaks Outbreaks of illness in the United States causing infectious watery diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting recently have been found to be caused by a parasite called Cyclospora. ...

Is MRSA Contagious?

Is MRSA Contagious?0

MRSA Symptoms and Signs Most MRSA infections are skin infections that produce the following signs and symptoms: Cellulitis (infection of the skin or the fat and tissues that lie immediately beneath the skin, usually starting as small red ...

NDM-1

NDM-10

CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) bacteria are members of related bacterial genera that are commonly found almost everywhere in the world, often colonizing humans and animals (living in or on humans and animals mucosal surfaces, ...

Is a Staph Infection Contagious?

Is a Staph Infection Contagious?0

Staph Infection Risk Factors Anyone can develop a staph infection, although certain groups of people are at greater risk, including newborn infants, breastfeeding women, and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, vascular ...

Is Scabies Contagious?

Is Scabies Contagious?0

What Does Scabies Feel Like? When symptoms develop, itching is the most common symptom of scabies. The itch of scabies is insidious and relentless and often worsens over a period of weeks. The itch is typically worse at ...

Vaccination FAQs

Vaccination FAQs0

home / infectious disease center / infectious disease a-z list / vaccination faqs index / vaccination faqs article Medical Author: Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPHDr. Eddie Hooker is ...

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)0

A new aggressive pathogen has recently been identified; it's a coronavirus that causes symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath that may become severe or deadly. The disease is termed MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS-CoV). ...

Microsporidiosis

Microsporidiosis0

Blurred vision refers to a lack of sharpness of vision resulting in the inability to see fine detail. Blurred vision may result from abnormalities such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism that can be improved with corrective ...

Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC

Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If Fluffy the cat gets out of sorts and scratches you, it's possible you could get a bacterial infection called cat-scratch disease that might even land you in the hospital. An estimated 12,000 ...

CDC Ends Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood

CDC Ends Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday lifted the Zika virus travel advisory that urged pregnant women to avoid travel to Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues ...

Q Fever

Q Fever0

While any germ, bacteria, or virus could potentially be utilized by terrorist, there are a number of biological agents that have been recognized as being more likely to be utilized. The reason for these agents being of concern is based on their ...

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Zika Found in Eye Fluid in Study

Zika Found in Eye Fluid in Study0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika can be detected in fluid inside the eyelid and in the eye's outermost layer, a new study shows. Some people infected with Zika develop conjunctivitis, an eye infection common among children ...

Florida Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak

Florida Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak0

A recent outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among college students in Florida has surprised many people, since it typically affects small children. However, a Baylor College of Medicine expert says anyone - even adults - can get the disease and ...

Onchocerciasis

Onchocerciasis0

People often describe localized swollen areas on, or under, the skin as lumps or bumps. While bumps on, or under, the skin may result from conditions that give rise to a skin rash, many other conditions can result in solitary raised lumps on the skin. ...

albendazole  (Albenza)

albendazole (Albenza)0

home / infectious disease center / infectious disease a-z list / albendazole-oral index / albendazole (albenza) drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmDDr. Ogbru ...

Aerial Spraying For The Mosquito That Carries Zika Raises Concerns In Miami Beach

Aerial Spraying For The Mosquito That Carries Zika Raises Concerns In Miami Beach0

By Brenda Goodman, MA Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Sept. 13, 2016 -- First came Zika-infected mosquitoes. Then came the planes, misting a powerful insecticide and nerve agent from the tips of their ...

Vaccination Schedule for Adults and Adolescents

Vaccination Schedule for Adults and Adolescents0

What are vaccine-preventable diseases? Vaccine-preventable diseases are those diseases for which there is a shot that helps the immune system prepare for an infection. A person develops immunity after he or she has received a vaccine and ...

cefprozil, Cefzil

cefprozil, Cefzil0

home / infectious disease center / infectious disease a-z list / cefprozil index / cefprozil, cefzil drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmDDr. Ogbru received his ...

Yaws

Yaws0

Infections, tumors, and the body's response to trauma or injury can all lead to lumps or bumps that appear to be located on or underneath the skin. Depending upon the cause, skin lumps or bumps may vary in size and be firm or soft to the touch. ...

Mycobacterium Marinum

Mycobacterium Marinum0

People often describe localized swollen areas on, or under, the skin as lumps or bumps. While bumps on, or under, the skin may result from conditions that give rise to a skin rash, many other conditions can result in solitary raised lumps on the skin. ...

Connecticut Toddler Latest U.S. Case of 'Superbug'

Connecticut Toddler Latest U.S. Case of 'Superbug'0

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified a new patient who carried a type of bacteria that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort, bringing the number of cases reported in the United States to four. All of the ...

Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever)

Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever)0

Symptoms of Ebola virus infection are similar to those produced by other hemorrhagic fever viruses and include fever, fatigue, malaise, and weakness, reddened eyes, joint and muscle pain, headache, nausea and vomiting. Additional Ebola symptoms ...

Congress Can't Agree on Additional Funding to Fight Zika

Congress Can't Agree on Additional Funding to Fight Zika0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Congress returned to work Tuesday from its seven-week summer break and failed to agree on additional funding to fight the Zika virus. Federal and state health officials say the funding is needed as ...

Trichinosis

Trichinosis0

Roundworms in Human What Are Roundworms? Roundworms, also known as nematodes, are a common term for parasites that comprise the phylum Nematoda that contain mainly free-living species and are located everywhere on earth. Roundworms are not ...

Bird Flu (Avian Influenza, Avian Flu)

Bird Flu (Avian Influenza, Avian Flu)0

Bird flu symptoms in humans can vary and range from "typical" flu symptoms (fever, sore throat, muscle pain) to eye infections and pneumonia. The disease caused by the H5N1 virus is a particularly severe form of pneumonia that leads to viral pneumonia ...

Meningitis

Meningitis0

Meningitis Incubation Period The incubation period for bacterial meningitis, the most serious types of meningitis, is about three to five days after initial contact with the microbe. However, in some individuals, bacterial meningitis symptoms ...

Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome0

Nosebleeds can occur spontaneously when the nasal membranes dry out, crust, and crack, as is common in dry climates, or during the winter months when the air is dry and warm from household heaters. People are more susceptible if they are taking ...

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Chickenpox (Varicella)0

Chickenpox Vaccine for My Child? My children were not vaccinated against chickenpox. When they were young, we were living in Europe, where the medical community does not encourage immunization against this disease. Consequently, my kids ...

CRE Infection (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae)

CRE Infection (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae)0

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is pressure so low it causes symptoms or signs due to the low flow of blood through the arteries and veins. When the flow of blood is too low to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to vital organs such as the brain, ...

Tularemia

Tularemia0

Swollen lymph glands are typically a result of local or widespread inflammation, but sometimes enlarged lymph nodes are due to cancer. Symptoms of swollen lymph nodes include localized pain, swelling, tenderness, warmth in the involved ...

Smallpox

Smallpox0

home / infectious disease center / infectious disease a-z list / smallpox index / smallpox article Medical Author: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhDDr. Charles "Pat" Davis, ...

Strong Link Emerges Between Zika, Spikes in Temporary Paralysis Cases

Strong Link Emerges Between Zika, Spikes in Temporary Paralysis Cases0

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Where there's a Zika outbreak, there will likely be an accompanying increase in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a new analysis shows. The latest finding strengthens a suspected link between ...

Anthrax

Anthrax0

Anthrax - From Russia with Love This article recounts the chilling, yet fascinating story of the deadliest outbreak of anthrax in recorded history. Anthrax is a bacterium (germ) that can cause a serious, sometimes fatal infection. Anthrax can ...

Zika Kills Vital Nervous System Cells in Adult Mice, Study Finds

Zika Kills Vital Nervous System Cells in Adult Mice, Study Finds0

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus kills neural stem cells in the brains of adult mice, giving clues to its effects on the human brain, researchers say. The Zika virus is typically transmitted via mosquitoes and can ...

Possible Cases of Local Zika Transmission in Miami Beach

Possible Cases of Local Zika Transmission in Miami Beach0

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Federal and state officials are considering an advisory that pregnant women not travel to Miami Beach, or potentially all of Miami-Dade County, after a cluster of Zika infections that were most likely ...

Ticks

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Tick Bites Disease Symptoms Lyme disease is caused by infection with a bacterium called a spirochete(Borrelia burgdorferi) and is transmitted to humans by infected ticks. Patients with early stage Lyme disease symptoms have a ...

Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion

Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts have wondered if the Zika virus might sometimes be transmitted through blood transfusions, and a cluster of infections in Brazil seems to support that notion. Doctors believe that a blood ...

Naegleria fowleri

Naegleria fowleri0

Naegleria fowleri:Brain-Eating Amoeba Risk of Infection and Symptoms Brain-Eating Amoeba signs and symptoms may start about 1 day to 1 week after exposure; initially symptoms may include: changes in smell and ...

Levaquin (levofloxacin)

Levaquin (levofloxacin)0

home / infectious disease center / infectious disease a-z list / levofloxacin index / levaquin (levofloxacin) drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmDDr. Ogbru ...

Is Tuberculosis (TB) Contagious?

Is Tuberculosis (TB) Contagious?0

A vaccine against TB is commercially available; it is termed BCG, or Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine. However, the vaccine is not recommended for use in the U.S. because of the low risk for TB infections. What is tuberculosis ...

Is Meningitis Contagious?

Is Meningitis Contagious?0

Meningitis Treatment In some situations, anticonvulsants are used to prevent or treat seizures (a possible side effect of inflammation of the brain). Sometimes corticosteroids are administered to reduce brain swelling and inflammation. ...

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