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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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Tax Season Scams
Are you aware of tax season scams? I found this article in the February 15, 2015, Arizona Republic, timely and a reminder to beware! These are the 12 top tax scams listed by the IRS. The number one tax scam going is the phone scam... There has been a surge in aggressive and threatening phone calls by scam artists who impersonate IRS agents and falsely warn of potential arrest, deportation or license revocation, the IRS says. Don’t be fooled by fake e-mails or...

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Antibiotic Resistance Part 2
Are you aware of antibiotic resistance? Do you know what it is? Did you know? 80% of all antibiotic use in the United States are given to poultry and other livestock 29.9 Million pounds are used to give to livestock 7.7 million pounds are used to treat sick people The Poultry Case Study Americans today eat three times as much poultry as they did in 1960. Since most U.S. chickens are raised in large, crowded facilities, farmers feed them antibiotics to prevent disease as well...

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Ebola – Do We Really Need to Worry? Part I
How does Ebola spread to humans?  Good question to ponder.  Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.  In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected fruit bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, forest antelope, and porcupines found ill or dead in the rainforest.  There is a huge trade in "bush meat" in these African countries that have outbreaks. Fruit bats are the likely natural host...

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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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MERS virus match found in camel
The Saudi Health Ministry says it has discovered a deadly virus in a camel in the eastern Saudi province of Jiddah. The ministry's statement released Monday is considered an important development in the search for the origin of the deadly illness. There have been more than 60 human deaths from the virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, with all but a handful of the fatalities in Saudi, Arabia. The ministry said a sample from the camel...

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