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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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Rabies in Arizona
Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, causing encephalitis. It is always fatal once symptoms appear. Rabies can be prevented in persons who have come into contact or have been bitten by wild animals through prompt administration of anti-rabies vaccine and rabies immune globulin. Hundreds of rabies post exposure prophylactic treatments are initiated annually in Arizona to prevent rabies from developing after...

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Ebola: What do we Know Part 1
American aid workers recently were diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Interest is high with this deadly disease and many people have many questions about the real threat of a global crisis involving the Ebola virus. What we Know: Ebola is one of the most dangerous viruses that we know because of the severity of the disease it causes. Less than half of the people infected with Ebola will survive. Ebola is a BioSafety level 4 pathogen. This means Ebola is ranked as one of the deadliest pathogens...

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Pneumonia: Bacterial and Viral Infections (From Centers for Disease Control website)
Bacterial and viral infections have many things in common. Both types of infections are caused by microbes -- bacteria and viruses, respectively -- and spread by things such as: Coughing and sneezing. Contact with infected people, especially through kissing and sex. Contact with contaminated surfaces, food, and water. Contact with infected creatures, including pets, livestock, and insects such as fleas and ticks. Microbes can also cause: Acute infections, which are short-lived. Chronic infections, which can last for weeks, months, or a lifetime. Latent infections, which may not...

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Rabies Outbreak in Southern Arizona Slowing Down
Reprinted from the Weekly Bulletin covering Northeastern Santa Cruz County After nearly one year of being confined to 6-foot leashes and fenced-in yards, dogs in Southern Arizona may soon be able to run free without fear for rabies. A surprise outbreak led Santa Cruz County to issue a rabies quarantine in April 2014 to prevent dogs and other pets from interacting with rabid skunks, the main carriers of the disease in that area. The quarantine has been extended through April this...

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Walking Pneumonia; The Sneaky Disease Part I
Recently my brother suffered heart failure and had a five vein bypass. He is better and recovered stronger than before. One of the things that we found out was when his heart failed he had walking pneumonia. This did not cause his heart failure, but created the additional stress on this heart as he was struggling to breath. My first thought was “I have heard that term before. Walking pneumonia. Is it bacterial? Is it Viral? How is it different...

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MERS Outbreak in South Korea – Part 1
South Korea reported a 10th death from a MERS outbreak on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked. The victim was a 65-year-old man who had been treated for lung cancer and was hospitalized in the same facility as another MERS patient, the Health Ministry said. The outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome has caused panic in South Korea. It has infected more than 120 people since the first case, a 68-year-old man who had traveled...

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The History of Measles-Straight From the CDC
Pre-vaccine Era In the 9th century, a Persian doctor published one of the first written accounts of measles disease. Francis Home, a Scottish physician, demonstrated in 1757 that measles is caused by an infectious agent in the blood of patients. In 1912, measles became a nationally notifiable disease in the United States, requiring U.S. healthcare providers and laboratories to report all diagnosed cases. In the first decade of reporting, an average of 6,000 measles-related deaths were reported each year. In the decade...

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U.S. Thaw with Cuba, may help in the fight against Cancer
As U.S. relations with Cuba thaw, one unexpected byproduct could be the introduction of a Cuban-developed vaccine to fight against cancer. A vaccine in the U.S. Called Cimavax, an innovative vaccine that was developed to help treat lung cancer patients in Cuba, where lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death. The immunotherapy treatment could be coming to the U.S. thanks in part to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, which is working with Cuba's...

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