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The History of Measles – Straight from the CDC
The Pre-Vaccine Era The history of measles dates back to the 9th century when 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...

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Ebola – Part III
Working with Deadly Pathogens Because Ebola is highly contagious, health care workers in the U.S. wear protective equipment (Personal Protective Equipment-PPE) to prevent transmission.  Items worn include: Mask: Prevents infectious agents from getting into mucus membranes inside the mouth nose or eyes. Gloves: Keep broken skin from contact with infectious fluids r needle sticks.  workers often wear two pairs in case one breaks. Full-body protective suit: Usually made of a fluid and air resistant, woven plastic fiber.  Suit prevents exposure to body fluids,...

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Ebola Effects on Humans – Part II
Ebola's effects on humans Ebola can be spread to humans only after symptoms have begun. Symptoms can appear from two to 21 days after exposure. Day 5-9: Fatigue, headache, fever and chills Day 10: High fever, vomiting blood, rash, passive behavior Day 11: Bleeding from the nose, mouth, eyes, and anus Day 12: Seizures, internal bleeding, loss of consciousness, death

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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First Ebola, Now Marburg. What are the Chances?
Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola, has hit the radar in the African country of Uganda, raising concerns about another deadly outbreak. With two lethal viruses threatening public health, many are questioning why these contagions seem to be flaring up more often — and more important, what we can do to avoid them in the future. The current Ebola outbreak originated in West Africa and has killed more than 3,800 people, more than all other past outbreaks combined. The first Marburg death...

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Phoenix Zoo works to save Mount Graham Red Squirrel
The Phoenix Zoo and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 10-year pilot program this month that seeks to establish a successful method for breeding Mount Graham Red Squirrels The Mount Graham Red Squirrel has lost almost half of its population over the last 15 years, leaving less than 300 to roam its only home in the Pinaleño Mountains Their housekeeping habits help replenish the forest floor. They bury their food at the base of a tree and leave their...

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Dangers Lurking in Floodwaters
  Recently the deluge of storms in Phoenix created a chaotic situation in our beloved “Vally of the Sun.” Storm water filled culverts, streets, canals, yards, houses and yes, the few basements located in homes where the storms raged, were filled with storm water. The news stations videoed children and adults playing in storm water “ponds,”culverts and streets created by the storms. Public health officials have long warned that children and adults should avoid wading in flood-created ponds and water basins...

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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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