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Valley Fever Awareness – Part 2
I found another article to share as a follow up to the Valley Fever article by Eric Schwerin. The article below was written by the CDC to bring awareness to the dangers of Valley Fever as well as signs, symptoms and ways to prevent it. Valley fever is a fungal lung infection that can be devastating. Learning about Valley fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early. Valley fever is an infection caused by a fungus that lives in the soil....

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What You Need to Know About Valley Fever
I recently read an article on Valley Fever and have felt compelled to share it with everyone. With case numbers on the rise, Valley Fever poses a danger for anyone in Phoenix or the rest of the valley. Not many people know about Valley Fever, what causes it and the signs and symptoms to look out for. The article below was written by Eric Schwerin, June 26, 2013. The article is a bit long but please share it with all of...

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Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation
Mold is a fungus that thrives in moist environments. But before it begins to grow it's a tiny, microscopic particle, called a mold spore that floats through the air awaiting the right environment where it can colonize and grow. Mold spores are a natural part of the air we live and breathe. At this stage, the mold spores do not pose a health risk as they have no way of growing into a harmful type of mold. Water, moisture...

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A New Year to Reflect Upon
  I am mostly a half full, but the class is chipped, but that's ok because I will drink from the unchipped side until I can fix the chipped side kind of person.....with that said, I would like to reflect upon a few things Harvey Mackay mentions in his column in the Arizona Republic on Monday, January 5, 2015 editorial. 1)    Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. 2)    Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. 3)    Never spend your money...

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Dog Days of Summer-Doggies Do Get Jealous
Well DUH!!!  As a long term dog lover and dog owner (can you ever have too many dogs?) I have realized for years that dogs get jealous.  Dogs feel loyalty and in my opinion love.  So dogs are more similar to humans than thought...... In  newly published experiments, pet dogs became aggressive and pushy when their owners showered affection on a plush toy, which so  captivated the reals dogs that almost all of them sniffed the area under the fake...

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Bubonic Plaguer: The 411-First and second recorded Outbreaks-Part 4
The first recorded outbreak: The first recorded epidemic ravaged the Byzantine Empire during the sixth century, and was named the Plague of Justinian after emperor Justinian I, who was infected but survived through extensive treatment.  The epidemic is estimated to have killed approximately 50 million people in the Roman Empire alone. The historian Procopius wrote, in Volume II of History of the Wars, his encounter with the plague and the effect it had on the rising empire. In the spring...

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Bubonic Plague: The 411 How is it Treated? Part 3
Several classes of antibiotics are effective in treating bubonic plague. These include aminoglycosides such as streptomycin and gentamicin, tetracyclines (especially doxycycline), and the fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin. Mortality associated with treated cases of bubonic plague is about 1–15%, compared to a mortality of 40–60% in untreated cases. People potentially infected with the plague need immediate treatment and should be given antibiotics within 24 hours of the first symptoms to prevent death. Other treatments include oxygen, intravenous fluids, and respiratory support. People who...

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Bubonic Plague the 411 Part 2
How is Bubonic Plage contracted?  Bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic system, usually resulting from the bite of an infected flea, Xenopsylla cheopis (the rat flea). In very rare circumstances, as in the septicemic plague, the disease can be transmitted by direct contact with infected tissue or exposure to the cough of another human. The fleas are often found on rodents such as rats and mice, and seek out other prey when their rodent hosts die. The bacteria...

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Bubonic Plague the 411 Part 1
Bubonic plague Bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease, circulating mainly in fleas on small rodents, and is one of three types of bacterial infections caused by Yersinia pestis (formerly known as Pasteurella pestis), that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days. The term bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word βουβών, meaning "groin". Swollen lymph nodes (buboes) especially occur in the armpit and groin in persons suffering...

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Bubonic Plague oubreak in Northern China
Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.  China's official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of the plague July 16.  Investigators believe the man contracted the bacterial infection after contact with a marmot, Xinhua said. The report said all the people...

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