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  • Iowa Health Officials Confirm Second Case of Rare Nervous System Disorder

    10/18/2018 10:31:14 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 20 replies
    KCCI.com ^ | 10/17/18 | Laura Terrell
    Iowa health officials confirmed Wednesday a second case of a rare condition that afflicts the nervous system, particularly the spinal cord. The condition is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, which attacks the nervous system and can lead to arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle reflexes. It has received increased attention in recent weeks. Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health said they are following the condition very closely and heeding warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • A Man Contracted a Rare, Fatal Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains

    10/18/2018 7:38:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 17, 2018 | Avery Thompson
    According to a recently-uncovered medical case from 2015, one man may have died after eating one too many squirrels. His penchant for squirrel meat seems to have inadvertently exposed him to an incredibly rare fatal brain disorder, the first time this disorder was ever contracted in the United States. Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is a rare brain disorder caused by misfolding brain proteins called prions. Prion proteins are unique in that when one is misfolded, it causes other prion proteins to misfold too. These misfolded proteins are unable to function properly, and the result is that the victim suffers from memory loss,...
  • Rats and trash infest Los Angeles' 'typhus zone'

    10/15/2018 11:07:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    MSN ^ | October 14, 2018 | Dennis Romero and Andrew Blankstein
    Wholesale fish distributors, produce warehouses and homeless encampments line Ceres Avenue downtown, creating perfect conditions for rats. Uneaten food is dumped on the street — a salad platter was recently splattered on the asphalt — and discarded clothing piles up only to be swirled into rats' nests. Those rats, experts say, are likely contributing to the growing number of typhus infections cropping up on skid row and other parts of the region. The disease is spread by fleas, which are carried by rats, opossums and pets.
  • Flea-borne TYPHUS in LA County spreads to Long Beach as 91 people are struck down amid [tr]

    10/11/2018 6:55:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2018 | Sam Blanchard and Stephen Matthews
    A flea-borne typhus outbreak in the Los Angeles area has also rocked Long Beach – the third city to be struck down in the region. Officials have this year recorded 12 cases of the bug in the city, home to 470,000 people and around 20 miles (32km) south of downtown LA. A further 20 cases have been recorded in Pasadena since the start of 2018 - and 59 in the whole of LA County in total. Pasadena and Long Beach are both technically in LA County, however they have their own health departments which record their own figures.
  • Flea-borne typhus spreads across Los Angeles area

    10/09/2018 7:23:45 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 27 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 10/8/18 | Jacqueline Howard
    Between July and September, the county identified nine cases of flea-borne typhus associated with downtown Los Angeles, and six of those cases were in people experiencing homelessness, according to the county. There are (now) 57 cases of flea-borne typhus in LA County, a health department spokesperson says. Typhus fever has reached "epidemic levels" in Pasadena and an outbreak has hit downtown LA. On Friday, one city in the county -- Pasadena -- reported epidemic levels of typhus fever. This year, 20 Pasadena residents have been confirmed to have typhus fever, up from the expected one to five cases per year,...
  • The uncomfortable truth: Haj pilgrims to Mecca and the spread of illnesses

    09/09/2018 11:53:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Simply raising this topic is almost certain to be denounced as “Islamophobia,” but disease vectors don’t care about theology.  In the past week, there were two health scares at major US airports with passengers quarantined on airliners that landed from overseas with very sick passengers on board. On Wednesday, an Emirates Airline 380 super jumbo jet from Dubai was quarantined at JFK Airport, with 100 passengers initially reported as ill. Eventually, nineteen passengers were confirmed as ill, and ten passengers were hospitalized with respiratory illnesses. The following day, two American Airlines flights from Europe were quarantined upon landing at...
  • CDC Investigating...Multiple Passengers Fall Ill On Separate International Flights...Philadelphia

    09/06/2018 6:42:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbs ^ | September 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    Full Headline: CDC Investigating After Multiple Passengers Fall Ill On Separate International Flights Coming Into Philadelphia International Airport Officials say 12 passengers arriving at the airport on American Airlines flights from Paris and Munich experienced flu-like symptoms. Multiple ambulances were dispatched to the airport.
  • One Bite From This Tick Could Ruin Red Meat For The Rest Of Your Life

    08/31/2018 10:44:35 AM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8-31-2018 | Rob Ludacer
    Who doesn't love a juicy burger? About 5,000 Americans. And not from dietary preference, but because a single bite could cause hives, shortness of breath, or even death. It's not something they were born with, it's something their body was taught to reject, by an uninvited little wilderness hitchhiker. The following is a transcript of the video. Imagine that you're a red-blooded carnivore. You love burgers, steak, pork chops, bacon. But one day, out of nowhere, red meat starts to make you physically sick to the stomach. It sounds like science fiction, but it's real, and it's spreading. It's spreading...
  • Immigrants and Disease

    08/29/2018 5:43:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    The Immigration and Nationality Act mandates that all immigrants and refugees undergo a medical screening examination to determine whether they have an inadmissible health condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has technical instructions for medical examination of prospective immigrants in their home countries before they are permitted to enter the U.S. They are screened for communicable and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps and HIV. They are also tested for syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases. The CDC also has medical screening guidelines for refugees. These screenings are usually performed 30 to 90...
  • Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization

    08/20/2018 2:29:36 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | August 20, 2018
    Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths. Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. Experts blame this surge in infections on a drop in the number of people being vaccinated. In England, there have been 807 cases so far this year. The WHO is calling on European countries to take action. Public Health England say the outbreaks in England are largely due to people who have travelled to...
  • Mortality due to cirrhosis and liver cancer

    07/19/2018 5:14:04 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 17 replies
    The BMJ ^ | 7-18-18 | Elliot B Tapper, Neehar D Parikh,
    Objective To describe liver disease related mortality in the United States during 1999-2016 by age group, sex, race, cause of liver disease, and geographic region. Based on Death certificate data from the Vital Statistics Cooperative, and population data from the US Census Bureau compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (1999-2016). From 1999 to 2016 in the US annual deaths from cirrhosis increased by 65%, to 34 174, while annual deaths from hepatocellular carcinoma doubled to 11,073. Annual increases in cirrhosis related mortality were most pronounced for Native Americans (4.0%, 2.2% to 5.7%)....
  • Deadly Parasitic Worm Coming To Europe Due To Third-World Migration

    07/12/2018 5:05:37 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Teaparty.org ^ | 7/12/18 | Staff
    One of the many benefits of open borders! Karl Hoffmann, a professor of parasitology at Aberystwyth University, writes in The Independent: Not so long ago, human diseases caused by parasitic worms were thought to be confined to resource poor communities throughout Africa, Asia and South America. But in this age of global travel and changing climate, parasitic worms are slowly but surely moving into parts of Europe and North America. The long-term consequences of increased parasitic worm distributions are difficult to predict, but the harm that infection causes highlights the need for developing control strategies that can mitigate this 21st-century...
  • 'The Pretty Women of Paris': Prostitutes pose for photos in 19th Century handbook [tr]

    03/19/2018 5:48:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 19, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    With clients that included princes, artists and a future King of England, these are the women who ruled Paris from their bed. Fascinating pictures reveal the prostitutes who featured in 'The Pretty Women of Paris' - the nineteenth century directory for the French capital's best courtesans and brothels. Published in 1883 and limited to 169 copies, the notorious guide listed the names of the city's most famous scarlet women - along with their addresses, qualities and faults.
  • Heaven's Newest Angel

    06/06/2018 5:09:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2018 | Brent Bozell
    There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born. He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic lung disease, anemia, kyphosis, knee contractures, osteopenia and so much more. In layman's terms, he was paralyzed, except for partial movement of his arms. He couldn't speak because his vocal cords were paralyzed, nor could he eat or even breathe on his own. His own family can't remember how many times the ambulance raced him to the...
  • The cancer-preventing pizza: Italian scientists use Mediterranean vegetables

    06/04/2018 9:54:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 05:42 EDT, 4 June 2018 | Updated: 09:52 EDT, 4 June 2018 | By Sam Blanchard
    Scientists and chefs in Italy say they have made a pizza which prevents cancer and heart disease. The Pizza Pascalina, designed by scientists in Naples, has been called 'the pizza that extends life' and an 'anti-tumour' pizza. The Pascalina is packed with ingredients from the Mediterranean diet which are known to have health benefits. Neither cheese nor meat feature on the dish; its toppings include tomatoes, olives and rapini – a type of broccoli. It will be on sale at the Napoli Pizza Village, a pizza festival in Naples this week. Scientists from the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Naples –...
  • Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea

    05/16/2018 6:07:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue May 15, 2018
    22-year-old was living in West Hollywood, hoping to launch his acting career. Los Angeles had a thriving a gay scene where King, for the first time, could embrace his sexuality freely. He frequented bathhouses and also met men in dance clubs and along the bustling sidewalks. There was lots of sex to be had. Like a few years earlier, the doctor gave him a handful of antibiotics to take for a few days that would clear up the infection. It wasn't a big deal. In fact, as King describes it, it was "simply an errand to run." ... When King...
  • Reported STD cases reach new high in California

    05/15/2018 9:12:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    SF Gate ^ | May 14, 2018 | Staff
    A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in 2017, according to a new report released Monday by the California Department of Public Health. More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported, which equates to a 45 percent increase compared to 2012, the CDPH reported.
  • Measles Exposure Warning Issued For Four NEW YORK Counties

    05/06/2018 10:39:42 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 15 replies
    wzzm13.com ^ | 5/6/18 | Bill Wolcott
    A traveler from Europe may have exposed people to measles in Chemung, Genesee, Livingston and Niagara counties, the New York state Department of Health warned Saturday. The traveler, who has a confirmed case of measles, visited multiple sites in upstate New York on April 30, and May 1-2.
  • Exotic Tick Species Arrives In Garden State [NJ]

    04/24/2018 8:36:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    CBS ^ | 04/24/2018 | Staff
    HUNTERDON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A tiny parasite could become a big problem this year in New Jersey. It’s an exotic tick that’s never been seen before in the United States. It was first spotted on a sheep in Hunterdon County, and efforts to wipe it out have failed. New Jersey has always been home to different species of ticks – five to be exact. But a new variety of the bloodsucking bug is now in the mix. It’s the East Asian tick, sometimes called a longhorned or bush tick. Originally found in Asia, thousands of them are now in...
  • Scarlet fever outbreak is worst for nearly 40 years

    04/08/2018 7:53:10 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 5, 2018 | Telegraph Reporters
    Parents are being warned to look out for signs of scarlet fever in their children, with more cases of the illness reported this year than since 1982, health officials said. The highly contagious infection mainly affects young children and is not usually serious if treated.