Deaths and paralysis stemming from respiratory infections have been reported, but those cases are rare.
San Diego is bleaching its streets in an effort to combat the hepatitis A outbreak affecting the city’s homeless.
The Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947 and later in East Asia. Because it seemed to be confined to those regions
In the past several years, we have heard a lot about infectious microbes threatening the public health of all Americans. Some of the names of these agents seemed foreign at first but are familiar now - Ebola, MERS and Zika. But are these really new viruses causing disease?
The ice caps will melt. Big deal, we already knew that. But have you ever thought of the stuff trapped in that ice that's going to thaw? What if some of that stuff isn't really dead, just dormant, waiting to come back? Sounds like fiction, but it's not.
As Zika makes its way north, pregnant women should be concerned about small babies, not only small heads. Despite being world-class and first-rate in every way, for at least a century, the United States has been satisfied in accepting the fact that some newborn babies just won't make it, especially black ones.
It was thought that once you survived the infection, you could not infect other people and you were immune against the virus in the future. However, we have learned that once you have become infected with the Ebola virus, you are not free of the virus when your symptoms disappear.
More than 11,300 people have died over the past two years in the world's worst Ebola epidemic, nearly all of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The only approved TB vaccine, Bacille Calmette-Guérin, introduced 95 years ago, reduces the risk of TB in children. But it
The race for a vaccine has started, and several companies have already announced a schedule to begin human trials in the near future. Unlike HIV, for which making a vaccine has turned out much more challenging than originally anticipated, the genome of the Zika virus is not very diverse.
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Avoiding exposure is best. When traveling to areas where Zika has been reported, take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites including the use of EPA-approved bug spray with DEET, covering exposed skin, staying in air-conditioned or screened-in areas and treating clothing with permethrin.
Zika virus (Zv) infects people via daytime mosquitoes carrying it, and rarely via sex with infected partners. Mosquitoes can bite infected people and then bite others, transmitting Zv to new people.