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Measles and Mumps, Oh My!

February 27, 2018

Outbreaks of once quashed viruses are increasingly common, so who needs to worry? And how should we prepare? Truth is, the answer is more or less the same as for anything: people with weakened immune systems need to worry the most, while everyone else just need general caution. One of the ways you can help […]


A large E. coli outbreak is being shared between the US and Canada right now. Officially, the FDA has not pinpointed a source to the outbreak. Unofficially, Consumer Reports is warning everyone to stay away from romaine lettuce until a recall is made. Because romaine lettuce is the likely culprit, and because it’s often eaten […]

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How Mumps Threatens Us All

December 21, 2017

Florida (which always comes up because they have a lot of transparency and self-reporting) is experiencing its largest mumps outbreak in years. Nationwide there are at least 5000 mumps cases. Other states hit hard include New York, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri ad Washington. Because many people experience mild symptoms, there are likely many people carrying/spreading mumps […]

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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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Over a period of just three days, a donut shop spread Norovirus to over 200 people, who then (likely) spread it to others. It’s a good reminder that the season for viruses, like viral stomach flu, colds, flus, and more, is starting. During summer, the warm temperatures allow bacteria to bloom, causing food poisoning by […]

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