Infectious Disease

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Infectious Disease

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October
24,
2018
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
October
08,
2018
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
May
03,
2018
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
May
02,
2018
Because of the opioid crisis in the United States, the rate of hepatitis C virus infection among pregnant women increased 60 percent between 2006 and 2014. Sadly, only 30 percent of infants exposed to the virus were screened for
January
09,
2018
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,
December
07,
2017
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
December
05,
2017
Are we ready for the upcoming flu season? Only time will tell for sure, but a new article published in The New England Journal of Medicine makes the case for a potentially severe influenza season. The article explains that clinical experts
March
03,
2017
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
February
11,
2016
"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