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Flu Like Symptoms

The worst is over. You got through flu-like symptoms (AKA a virus like cold, croup, pertussis, or flu itself). The sneezing, coughing, aches and fatigue that knocked you out, the fever when it peaked, it’s behind you… mostly. With many viruses, coughing, clogged, green-mucus filled sinuses, fatigue and other symptoms can linger, sometimes for up […]

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Hepatitis A. It’s highly contagious, but will generally clear up with good self-care (rest and immune support). It doesn’t seem threatening: there’s a vaccine, and prevention is mostly good food hygiene and clean water. Lots of hand-washing, cleaning with bleach, and if you get it, lots of healthy eating, water, and rest. So why worry […]

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MERS, or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, a cousin to SARS, has popped up in South Korea. Bad news first: 25 people have been confirmed, with another 5 suspected, of having the virus. Many of those were not quickly diagnosed, and since MERS spreads easily through hospitals (the way many have already been infected) there will […]

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Last year, a virus arrived in the Caribbean that has long been a bane of Africans and Asians: chikungunya (or CHIKV). It causes flu like symptoms and crippling joint pain. It’s transmitted by mosquitoes, and this year, it’s spread throughout the islands with over 55,000 cases. Fortunately, it’s not a deadly disease. Unfortunately, it’s not […]

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MERS Hits US Soil

May 14, 2014

Vacationing in Florida this summer? You may already be familiar with the Jacksonville area outbreak of tuberculosis. Now, Florida may be dealing with a small MERS outbreak. Healthcare workers were exposed to a patient that was later diagnosed with MERS, and so far 2 have come down with symptoms while another 20 are being tested […]

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