July 3, 2022

What happened to Zika? Florida has no local cases this year – so far

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BY DANIEL CHANG From Miami Herald A year after the first outbreak of Zika in Miami, the mosquito-borne virus’s once-menacing march has slowed to a crawl, with Florida health officials reporting fewer infections in 2017 than last year and no local cases so far. Zika has waned in the Caribbean and South America, too, which […]

The death cap mushroom is just as terrifying as it sounds. Here’s why

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By Susmita Baral From The Kitchn Mushrooms are delicious, but they can also be very dangerous if you don’t know how to navigate the varieties that grow in the wild. The types sold in supermarkets are fine, but the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) wants to warn consumers about picking up mushrooms […]

1.2 million children likely suffer from lead poisoning in the US — but half are undetected

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By Rafi Letzter From Business Insider Anyone who knows about public health will likely list the national effort to get poisonous lead out of peoples’ environments as one of the major victories of the last century — alongside the near-eradication of polio, the development of antibiotics, and the drastic reduction in smoking. Lead poisoning is far less common […]

How one city in Puerto Rico is fighting Zika — without using chemicals

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BY JIM WYSS CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO On this hard hit tropical island, even the dead are getting pulled into the fight against Zika. On a recent weekday, Roberto Barrera led a team of disease investigators into a graveyard in Caguas, a town about 20 miles south of San Juan. He shoved aside the heavy cement […]

US Mass. health officials continue warnings about Zika

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By Gerry Tuoti, GateHouse News Service Going on a tropical getaway this winter? As vacationers prepare to flock to Caribbean beaches to escape the Massachusetts winter, state health officials are reminding them to be vigilant of the Zika virus. “It’s not that I don’t want people to enjoy their vacations or get away from the […]

A life-saving drug that treats a rare infection is almost impossible to find

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By Lindzi Wessel, STAT From Business Insider Hospitals are stocked with lots of vital drugs. But there’s one that is time-sensitive, life-saving, and an utter necessity in treating a rare kind of infection — but you’ll find it almost nowhere in the US. The drug is called miltefosine. It is a microbe-killing drug that can […]

Has Caribbean Tourism Taken a Hit Since Zika?

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By Neil Gladstone From Oyster In December 2015, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that cases of the Zika virus had been confirmed in Puerto Rico. In February 2016, President Obama requested nearly two billion dollars in emergency funding to fight the virus found in Puerto Rico and the U.S. And in June, Jamaica’s […]

CDC: Sepsis is a medical emergency, can be stopped if caught early

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By D Johnson From Science World Report The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named sepsis a medical emergency. According to the agency, at least 72 percent of patients with this rapid-acting and fatal illness were seen by doctors and nurses but failed to catch it earlier to prevent it. The Washington Post reported […]

Caribbean hoteliers, tourism officials seek Zika antidote

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By BRIAN MAJOR From Travel Pulse With the 2016 summer travel season waning, Caribbean tourism officials hope for some moderation in the Zika virus’ increasingly apparent toll on visitor arrivals. But with infection numbers continuing to grow in regional destinations, the illness’ shadow seems destined to cloud short-term tourism fortunes for several island nations. This […]

United States adds more Caribbean countries to Zika travel alert list [Cayman Islands makes list]

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By Kevin G. Hall From The Virgin Islands Daily News ATLANTA (CMC) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added more Caribbean countries to its growing list of the Zika virus travel alert. The CDC added the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to its interim travel guidance […]