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Tag Archives: CDC

2016


02.12

Zika virus: WHO declares public health emergency!

On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern after the rapid increase of microencephaly cases in newborn babies, which is strongly believed to be linked to women with an infectious history of the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html ZIKV recently emerged as an epidemic in Latin America, particularly in Brazil.... Read Full Article >

2012


01.06

The aftermath of natural disasters

Diseases that follow natural disasters cause more deaths than the catastrophe itself with water supplies quickly becoming contaminated by human and animal excrement.  Thailand has recently experienced historical flooding after months of monsoon rain, which has left two out of the three landfills submerged, thereby causing contamination of water supplies and rice fields as garbage floats through the streets.  This.... Read Full Article >

2011


08.24

H. pylori Antigen Test Detects and Differentiates Active and Latent Infection

H.pylori is a spiral shaped bacterium, found in the gastric mucous layer or epithelial lining of the stomach, and is associated with 90% of duodenal and 80% of gastric ulcers which double a person’s risk of gastric cancer, the second most common cancer worldwide. Two thirds of the world’s population is infected with H.pylori which is characterized by a burning.... Read Full Article >

2011


06.16

Forecasting Global Cholera Outbreaks

Global cholera outbreaks, due to water or food contaminated with Vibrio cholerae, affect 3-5 million people each year with an estimated  100,000-130,000 deaths.  Cholera outbreaks are increasing, particularly in Haiti where more than 320,000 cases have been reported, resulting in 5,000 deaths since October 2010. Prior to the devastating earthquake, Haiti had been free of this debilitating disease for more than 100.... Read Full Article >

2010


12.03

STD Trends in the USA

The 2009 STD surveillance data has been published by the CDC.  There has been positive progress in several areas including: The lowest national Gonorrhea rate ever The increase in Chlamydia screening The fact that the national rate for Syphilis has not increased among women for the first time in 5 years! There are still several things that need to be.... Read Full Article >

2010


09.21

CDC Malaria Update

The CDC announced that they have updated their Malaria information on their website. The information includes areas where malaria is prevalent, the type of malaria, if the types of malaria are drug resistant,  and the recommended chemoprophylaxis. The report covers all parts of the world.  For more information click here

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