Checkup Newsroom (Infectious Disease)

2019
October
28,
2019
| 07:39 PM America/Chicago
Does your child have the sniffles, sneezing, tummy aches or worse? They aren’t alone. Last week, eight children tested positive the flu at the medical center, according to Laboratory results from Cook Children’s. What’s interesting is that seven c...
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May
23,
2019
| 09:45 PM America/Chicago
Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed a traveler passing through DFW Airport on a May 15, 2019, connecting flight has tested positive for measles. TCPH wants the traveling public to be aware that exposures may have occurred at DFW Airport on ...
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January
03,
2019
| 06:08 PM America/Chicago
More than 480 children tested positive for Influenza A at Cook Children’s Medical Center during the week of Dec. 23 through Dec. 29, 2018. Flu A usually arrives prior to the B strain and is usually more severe than Flu B. Of the 1,141 children ...
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2018
October
24,
2018
| 09:26 PM America/Chicago
Tragically, 7 children have died as a result of a rapidly spreading, severe infection in a New Jersey rehabilitation center. The infections have been caused by a virus called adenovirus which is a common childhood infection. Three children tested pos...
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October
08,
2018
| 06:09 PM America/Chicago
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating six children who have been diagnosed with a rare illness that resembles polio, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) Cook Children's medical staff saw its own cluster of patients in 2016 and has se...
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May
03,
2018
| 06:00 PM America/Chicago
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the first death connected to the recent E. coli outbreak that has expanded to half of the United States.  The CDC says 121 cases of E. coli have been reported in 25 states, related t...
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January
09,
2018
| 11:32 PM America/Chicago
For most of the first 20 years of his life, Michael Jankowiak never played ball or even owned a toy. His debilitating cerebral palsy wadded his fingers into a tight fist. He barely moved his hands, except to drive his electric wheel chair. Then, d...
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2017
December
07,
2017
| 06:36 PM America/Chicago
A news story out of Phoenix serves as a tragic reminder to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother, died only two days after she began feeling ill from the flu, according to the Washington Post. Her youn...
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March
03,
2017
| 08:41 PM America/Chicago
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 bacterial species that pose the greatest threat to human health. WHO says the list is an effort to “guide and promote research a...
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2016
February
11,
2016
| 11:35 PM America/Chicago
"Hookup websites” make it easier than ever before to meet total strangers. These apps allow people to find each other in their area who are looking for sex. The problem is these apps simply aren’t for children under any circumstance and can lead t...
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January
25,
2016
| 10:05 PM America/Chicago
Last week, two schools in Texas sent home reports of students diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), including one in the Lewisville ISD. A letter was sent to Hebron High School and Hebron 9th Grade Campus parents to let them know a student had been di...
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2015
December
30,
2015
| 05:15 PM America/Chicago
The year is wrapping up and there are a lot of questions on our minds. What will the new year bring? Will I be able to keep that New Year's resolution? And where in the world is the flu? Ok, you may not be asking yourself that last questi...
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November
11,
2015
| 04:15 PM America/Chicago
Researchers may have created a possibly revolutionary needle-free vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV. The vaccine is only in the beginning stages and part of ongoing research, so it will not be available to the public...
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October
21,
2015
| 08:36 PM America/Chicago
Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed a case of hepatitis A virus infection in an employee of a day care in Dallas. Staff and enrollees who attended the day care between Oct. 1 through Oct. 20 are advised to receive the hepatitis A vaccin...
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September
23,
2015
| 11:38 PM America/Chicago
The city of Lewisville has put out an alert to find a group of children seen playing with a live bat. The kids were seen between 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Lake Park Ballfields, roughly between fields 7 and 8. The children left befo...
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September
08,
2015
| 05:58 PM America/Chicago
As the husband and son of teachers, I understand the importance of education. As a pediatrician, I want to make sure that kids are in school as much as possible so that the experts in education can do what they are called to do. Along with this go...
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July
27,
2015
| 10:56 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services has begun an investigation into the increase of Cyclospora in the state. The DSHS is looking to find a "common source" in determing the cause of infection.  The DSHS has received reports of 205 cases o...
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April
13,
2015
| 09:20 PM America/Chicago
We use our smartphones on a daily basis and without it we feel like something is missing. But we never think twice about the bacteria we transfer onto our phones. We share a microbiological connection with our phones, meaning the germs from our bodie...
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April
07,
2015
| 09:05 PM America/Chicago
"Breast is best." Advocating for breastfeeding is a big part of a pediatrician’s job in the first few months of life. We state the benefits of breastfeeding. We encourage families who are struggling and provide help with troubleshooting issues. We...
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2014
December
04,
2014
| 11:18 PM America/Chicago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on Dec. 3, 2014, that left some wondering if they even need a flu shot this year.The short answer is yes because your child is still more protected than without one.Donald Murp...
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October
23,
2014
| 11:14 PM America/Chicago
Fever, headaches, joint and muscle aches, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite.Over the next few months, many children will have these symptoms and many parents will, and should, call their Cook Children’s pediatri...
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October
01,
2014
| 05:47 PM America/Chicago
Since Dr. Kent Brantley was diagnosed and transported back to the United States for treatment of Ebola, we have followed the outbreak and made an effort to provide guidance and reassurance to our Cook Children’s family.Unfortunately, the outbreak has...
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August
22,
2014
| 05:28 PM America/Chicago
The first case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes, has been reported in Tarrant County. Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) confirmed the first imported case of chikungunya...
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July
23,
2014
| 08:33 PM America/Chicago
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed a Northeast Tarrant County resident has tested positive for measles after traveling outside of the state.Measles is highly contagious and can easily spread by simply breathing, coughing, sneezing or c...
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