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  • 2,000 7-Eleven customers possibly exposed to hepatitis A in Utah

    01/09/2018 8:36:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    (CNN)Health officials in Salt Lake County, Utah, are warning residents that an estimated 2,000 of them could have been exposed to hepatitis A at a local 7-Eleven convenience store. People who visited the location in West Jordan between December 26 and January 3 could be at risk if they used a restroom in the store or consumed certain food items, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department. "The possible hepatitis A exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while ill and potentially handled certain items in the store," the department said on Sunday. The case is believed to be...
  • Morons are obsessed with ‘raw water’ that will probably make them sick

    01/04/2018 6:12:37 PM PST · by SJackson · 106 replies
    BGR ^ | January 3rd, 2018 | Mike Wehner
    In case you haven’t noticed, Silicon Valley is obsessed with health, or at least the appearance of health. You can see evidence of it just about everywhere, including internet-connected juicers and new medical “breakthroughs,” but rarely is a new trend as obviously flawed as “raw water.” Raw water is untreated, unfiltered water pulled from Earth and bottled for consumption by people willing to pay absurd prices for it. The best part? It’s probably going to make them all sick anyway. Unlike other healthy eating trends, like consuming only raw fruits and vegetables or insisting upon antibiotic-free “clean” cuts of meat,...
  • Outbreak Alert: Hepatitis A Continues To Worsen In Michigan

    12/18/2017 10:57:44 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12-18-2017
    More than 600 Hepatitis A cases have been reported in Southeast Michigan as the outbreak continues to ravage the communities. Public health officials are continuing to see these numbers elevate, and warn that it will continue to worsen as we approach the holidays. According to Voice News, more than 80 percent of those who have contracted the highly contagious liver disease have required hospitalization. Another 20 people have died after becoming infected with the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that symptoms can be mild or severe depending on the health of the person who contracts the...
  • Do You Live in One of the Most Sexually Diseased States?

    10/31/2017 10:32:19 AM PDT · by DFG · 71 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/31/2017 | DC McAllister
    Sexually transmitted diseases are getting worse in the United States, increasing for the third year, with 2016 reaching an all-time high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and data analysis by Backgroundchecks.org, here are the ten most sexually diseased states in America:
  • 'Post-antibiotic apocalypse' could make everyday procedures 'risky'

    10/13/2017 6:08:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 13, 2017 | By Ceren Senkul
    Antibiotic resistance will end modern medicine and push us into a "post-antibiotic apocalypse", England's chief medical officer has warned. Dame Sally Davies has issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of resistance to antibiotics. Professor Davies warns antibiotic resistance can jeopardise everyday medical procedures and make them "risky" - including caesarean sections, cancer treatments and hip replacements. She also says without drugs to treat infections, transplant medicine would be a "thing of the past". Professor Davies told Sky News: "The post-antibiotic apocalypse is that when you get an infection, we cannot guarantee it will...
  • Metro Detroit mom could be thrown behind bars for not getting son vaccinated

    09/29/2017 4:54:47 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 52 replies
    (WXYZ) ^ | 11:14 PM, Sep 27, 2017 | Andrea Isom
    A Metro Detroit mother is facing jail time because of her beliefs when it comes to vaccinations and her kid. Bredow, a mother of two, has one week to get her son vaccinated and if she does not comply with the order of an Oakland County judge, she will be thrown in jail. According to court documents. the child’s father wants their son vaccinated. Rebecca makes it clear where she stands on the issue.
  • Worm Digs Holes In Teen’s Eye For Weeks, Causing Serious Damage

    09/24/2017 9:40:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | 9/24/17 at 3:03 PM | Janissa Delzo On
    But imagine what you thought may have been an eyelash turns out to actually be a worm wriggling around. This was the reality for a teenager in Mexico. The unnamed 17-year-old boy began to feel increasingly intolerable pain in his right eye. His vision also quickly declined, to the point where he could only see hand motions. After three weeks of dealing with the pain, he decided it was time to seek out a doctor, according to his case published in The New England Journal of Medicine. An eye examination revealed a flatworm, that was 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) long...
  • Protect yourself from Hepatitis A Learn More

    09/22/2017 2:10:54 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Mild cases can last a few weeks while severe cases can last several months. Los Angeles County is experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A. The majority of cases are occurring in individuals who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs. Outbreaks of hepatitis A in persons who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs are also occurring in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties.
  • Officials: Fleas in Two Arizona Counties Tested Positive for the Plague

    08/17/2017 6:51:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Fleas in two Arizona counties tested positive for the Bubonic plague — the same disease that killed millions of people in the 14th century throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe, public health officials say. Navajo County public health officials announced Friday that fleas collected near the town of Taylor tested positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the Bubonic plague, the Associated Press reports. The announcement came one week after Coconino County officials first discovered fleas in the area found to be carrying the plague. KNXV reports that Coconino County officials first discovered the plague-infested fleas in the Red Lake...
  • Drug-resistant 'Japanese fungus' infecting hospitals across the UK

    08/15/2017 8:03:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Sky News ^ | August 15, 2017 | By Bethany Minelle
    Hospitals across the UK have been hit by a drug-resistant Japanese fungus which has so far infected more than 200 patients. The potentially deadly superbug has spread to at least 55 hospitals and is particularly dangerous for anyone with a weakened immune system. Most worryingly, the fungus is resistant to the most commonly prescribed fungicidal drug, fluconazole, and the species has the ability to rapidly evolve to develop resistance. 'Candida auris' - which was first identified in the ear of a patient in Japan - is able to live both on the skin and inside the body. "Large" outbreaks have...
  • Fleas test positive for the plague in parts of Arizona

    08/14/2017 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.azfamily.com ^ | Updated: Aug 14, 2017 3:30 AM CST | Staff
    TAYLOR, Ariz. (3TV/CBS5) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions after a second Arizona county in two weeks confirmed that fleas in the area have tested positive for plague. The announcement by Navajo County Public Health officials on Friday comes one week after Coconino County officials found prairie dogs in the area to be carrying fleas with the plague -- the infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages. The fleas in Navajo County were found near the town of Taylor. Health officials have notified the residents whose property will be treated. The area...
  • Latent TB Rates Among Sub-Saharan Refugees in San Diego County Interviewed for Jobs at Starbucks

    08/13/2017 6:54:04 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Recent arrivals from Somalia and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa were among the refugees interviewed for possible jobs by 30 Starbucks managers at a hiring event in El Cajon, California on Tuesday as part of the company’s commitment to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years. The latent tuberculosis (TB) rate of 43 percent among refugees in San Diego County from sub-Saharan Africa is more than ten times greater than the latent TB rate of 4 percent found in the general population...
  • Trump declares national emergency over opioid crisis

    08/10/2017 2:41:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 10, 2017 | Aubrey Whelan
    Two days after his advisers said otherwise, President Trump said Thursday that he does plan to formally declare the opioid addiction crisis an emergency — as the commission he appointed to study the epidemic had recommended. “I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,” he told reporters at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., where he has been vacationing. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency.” New Jersey Gov. Chris...
  • Dozens screened after female employee at Clark County school dies of TB

    08/07/2017 4:09:02 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 46 replies
    https://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | August 7, 2017 - 10:31 am | By Paul Harasim
    A female employee at Fremont Middle School in Las Vegas died of tuberculosis in mid-July after potentially exposing more than 100 people to the highly contagious disease, school and public health officials said Monday. Ann Schiller, the school’s principal, sent a phone message to parents on July 11 saying that “an individual at our school” had recently been diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis. It said that public health officials would contact families “within the next few days” if their kids needed to be tested. Lynn Row, the chief nurse for the Clark County School District, said she could...
  • Deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war

    06/30/2017 10:35:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/30/2017 | Stephen Matthews
    A deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war, billionaire Bill Gates warns. In a hard-hitting new documentary, the world's richest man said a killer bug could wipe out 10 million people without warning. Footage seen by MailOnline, set to be aired next week, shows the philanthropist's worries towards the danger of disease-carrying mosquitos. An outbreak could mimic the damage of the Ebola epidemic in late 2014 or the burden of that of the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003, experts worry. Climate change warming the planet is allowing for mosquitos to spread from their usual habitats,...
  • A chlorine-resistant parasite could be lurking in your swimming pool this summer, CDC warns

    06/17/2017 10:19:45 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 6/17/2017 | Quntin Fottrell
    Be careful where you swim this summer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about a particularly nasty gastrointestinal illness that sounded like an infectious spore from the latest “Alien: Covenant” movie. The alert concerns a parasitic protozoa from the Cryptosporidium family (also known as “crypto”). It can cause “profuse, watery diarrhea that can last up to two to three weeks” and can lead to life-threatening wasting and “malabsorption” in people whose immune system is compromised. Cryptosporidium has emerged as the leading cause of recreational water–associated outbreaks, “particularly those associated with aquatic facilities.” That includes swimming...
  • Knowingly exposing others to HIV should no longer be a felony, state Senate says [CA]

    06/01/2017 1:53:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/31/17 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by having unprotected sex without telling his or her partner about the infection.The crime would be downgraded to a misdemeanor, and the bill would also apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen bank that they have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, or have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the precursor to AIDS.The measure, which next goes to the Assembly for consideration, was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco),...
  • Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota's Measles Outbreak

    05/04/2017 7:46:46 AM PDT · by posterchild · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | May 3, 2017 | Mark Zdechlik
    Health officials in Minnesota have been scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened primarily Somali-American children in the state. So far health officials have identified 34 cases, still mostly in Hennepin County, and they're worried there will be more. In Minnesota, the vast majority of kids under two get vaccinated against measles. But state health officials say most Somali-American 2-year-olds have not had the vaccine — about six out of ten. As the outbreak spreads, that statistic worries health officials, including Michael Osterholm, who directs the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
  • Trump Ends Obama’s African Ebola Amnesty

    04/26/2017 9:05:32 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 4/25/2017 | Judicial Watch
    In a refreshing move, the Trump administration is eliminating one of Barack Obama’s many outrageous amnesty initiatives, this one involving illegal immigrants from African countries affected by the Ebola virus a few years ago. The Ebola amnesty scandal got buried in the hoopla of the administration’s broad executive order protecting millions of illegal alien Mexicans and Central Americans, but it was just as alarming. Launched in 2014, the Ebola reprieve was issued separately—and quietly—via a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program that’s supposed to be short-term. Under the plan, the administration designated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for TPS...
  • Arkansas Declares Pornography a 'Public Health Crisis' That Harms 'Our Country'

    04/11/2017 9:12:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 10, 2017 | 4:49 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    The Arkansas General Assembly has declared that “pornography has created a public health crisis,” leading to a broad “spectrum” of public health “impacts and societal harms.” The Assembly also stated that pornography can increase “the demand for prostitution and the sex trafficking and slavery of children and young adults, primarily girls.” The Resolution, HR 1042, is an official recognition by the Arkansas government. It is not a law. It reflects the official view of the legislature and a copy of the Resolution is sent to the director of the Department of Health in Arkansas. Similar resolutuions have passed in South...