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Update: 342 Americans found with West Nile virus so far this year
A Garden Grove, California man died this month from West Nile infection, the second fatality in Orange County so far this year, the Health Care Agency announced today.
Aug 28, 2008 - 6:40:47 PM

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West Nile virus found in two Illinoisans, 236 Americans so far this year
As of August 19 this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 236 cases of West Nile virus including two deaths from the infection, one in Arizona and the other in Mississippi.   The real number can be much higher because the state and local governments need some time to file reports to the agency.
Aug 26, 2008 - 6:18:55 AM

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Two New Yorkers Test Positive for West Nile
New York City announced yesterday August 15 that for the first time this year two people had tested positive for West Nile virus. The Health Department urged residents to take steps to prevent the infection.
Aug 16, 2008 - 10:49:00 AM

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West Nile Virus Update --- United States, January 1--July 22, 2008
This report summarizes 2008 West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance data reported to CDC through ArboNET as of 3 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, July 22, 2008. A total of 14 states have reported 43 cases of human WNV illness to CDC.
Jul 24, 2008 - 10:09:24 PM

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Rotavirus activity down due probably to vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday June 25 released a report saying that the onset of rotavirus activity in the ongoing 2007-2008 season seems to have been delayed and the activity appears to be the least severe than any previous seasons, an observation that the agency suggests is due to the newly introduced rotavirus vaccine.
Jun 26, 2008 - 9:31:36 AM

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West Nile virus: National overview
It's that time of the year again that people need to pay attention to West Nile.  There has been some reporting of West Nile activity in some states.  According to U.S. Geological Survey, five people in four states and 12 mosquito samples from 2 states have tested positive for West Nile as of May 23, 2008.
May 26, 2008 - 11:27:46 AM

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U.S. researchers explain why flu virus more active in winter
It's a fact that influenza viruses and probably some others are more active in the winter.  U.S. researchers released a report Sunday saying that it is the fatty material put on the flu viruses that hardens and protects them at colder temperatures.
Mar 2, 2008 - 12:07:02 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
WHO reports highest rates of multidrug resistant TB ever recorded
The World Health Organization released a report today saying that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been recorded at the highest rates ever worldwide.
Feb 26, 2008 - 2:00:39 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Kutcher's party haunted by hepatitis A, what you need to know
Hepatitis A has been occasionally reported particularly on events involving celebrities.  It's reported today that Ashton Kutcher's happy 30th birthday party was inconvenienced by a possible hepatitis A outbreak.  The party was held on Feb 7 at Socialista, a fancy New York nightclub.
Feb 21, 2008 - 4:25:27 PM

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CDC: Poor vaccine faces widespread flu
Health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested Friday the influenza vaccine currently available may be ineffective in preventing many infections caused by some strains because the flu vaccine is not engineered to prevent infections of those strains, which now are much more active now in every state than early January.
Feb 16, 2008 - 10:56:52 AM

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Tamiflu resistant influenza mutant on the rise
A mutation found in a small percentage of the common influenza virus causing illness this winter in Europe, Canada and the United States makes the virus resistant to the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu, The New York Times cited the World Health Organization as saying Wednesday.
Feb 1, 2008 - 9:39:21 AM

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Meningitis: What you need to know
A school counselor at the Saint Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadow Town, Queens County, New York died of bacterial meningitis, media reported.
Jan 27, 2008 - 10:24:32 AM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Gay men more likely to have MRSA
A high percentage of gay men are found infected with a drug resistant bacterium, suggesting that the so-called superbug is being transmitted among gay men during sex, according to a new study released Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Jan 15, 2008 - 6:07:33 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Researchers identify more proteins involved in HIV infection
U.S. researchers announced yesterday that they have identified about 270 human proteins that the AIDS virus needs to infect a person, providing more targets for drugs to treat HIV infection.
Jan 11, 2008 - 7:50:36 AM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Extreme Immune Reaction Responsible for Spanish Flu Pandemic
( - The Spanish Flu Pandemic, which claimed millions of lives in 1918-19 was triggered off by an extreme reaction of the immune system to the influenza virus, new research has found.
Sep 28, 2006 - 3:29:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Indonesia's Bird Flu Death Toll Crosses 50
( - A nine-year-old Indonesian boy died on bird flu on Friday taking the total death toll to 51, health officials confirmed.
Sep 24, 2006 - 1:17:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
CDC Releases Revised HIV Testing Recommendations
Effective September 2006, CDC has revised its recommendations for HIV testing in health-care settings. The Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings aim to make HIV testing a routine part of medical care in addition to expanding the gains made in diagnosing HIV infection among pregnant women.
Sep 21, 2006 - 7:31:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Bird Flu Toll Hits 49 in Indonesia
( - The World Health Organization confirmed a 5-year-old Indonesian boy had succumbed to the lethal H5N1 bird flu virus six months ago taking the total deaths from avian influenza to 49.
Sep 13, 2006 - 10:10:00 AM

General Health : Infectious Disease
H5N1 bird flu infection needs aggressive initial treatment
( - The H5N1 bird flu virus is concentrated in huge numbers in the throat following initial infection and needs to be aggressively treated during this stage, a new Vietnamese study has found
Sep 10, 2006 - 3:47:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
WHO issues warning over drug-resistant tuberculosis strains
( - The emergence of extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in South Africa has greatly alarmed the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sep 6, 2006 - 4:04:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
USDA finds no highly pathogenic avian flu virus
The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced that the presence of the H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from wild mallard ducks in Pennsylvania.
Sep 2, 2006 - 4:33:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
West Nile virus hits more Chicagoans spraying set for next week
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) officials today confirmed six new cases of human illness caused by the West Nile Virus. Spraying to Kill Mosquitoes Set for Next Week
Sep 2, 2006 - 10:47:00 AM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Chicago confirms three more human cases of West Nile virus - Three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) were reported in the city of Chicago this week, pushing the total of human cases in the city to 11 for 2006, Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) officials announced on Aug 29.
Aug 30, 2006 - 10:09:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
West Nile virus kills second Illinoisan
The second death from West Nile virus in Illinois has been confirmed, the Illinois Department of Public Health cited the Bond County Health Department as reporting on Aug 29.
Aug 30, 2006 - 5:06:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Human variant of mad cow disease suspected in UK man
( - Hong Kong's Hospital Authority confirmed today that a 23-year-old UK man is suspected of having the human variant of mad cow disease or variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Aug 30, 2006 - 9:34:00 AM

General Health : Infectious Disease
H5N1 bird flu mutation may not be as lethal as feared
( - A bird flu pandemic may not be develop too easily and even if the H5N1 virus does mutate, it may not be as lethal as feared
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:16:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Asia united in bird flu fight
( - Bird flu-hit Asian countries have pledged to put up a united front against the menace by sharing knowledge and cooperating in the investigations in mutual countries.
Jul 29, 2006 - 12:45:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
West Nile virus may infect more people in Idaho this year
July 28 ( - As of July 21, 2006, 11 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection have been reported in the state of Idaho, according to Idaho Department of Health & Welfare. But only 7 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of July 25.
Jul 28, 2006 - 11:38:00 AM

General Health : Infectious Disease
US Navy testing sailors for tuberculosis (TB)
The US navy will test all 4,800 crew members of the USS Ronald Reagan for tuberculosis (TB) after initial tests last week showed many sailors were positive for the disease. The testing is expected to be finished by Friday.
Jul 23, 2006 - 4:35:00 PM

General Health : Infectious Disease
Tuberculosis: What you need to know
Read questions and answers about TB.
Jul 23, 2006 - 12:23:00 PM

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