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B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister

B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister

When an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes, the virus spreads through the air and can survive in small droplets in the air for several hours. "What we are doing now is health center-based, which is phase one of the immunization for children from six-month-old to five-year-old; school-based, which is phase two for children above five-year-old; and home or health center-based, which is the third phase for adult", he added. Read More

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This season’s flu shot far more effective than last year’s, researchers find

This season’s flu shot far more effective than last year’s, researchers find

But California officials said Friday that 119 people have died of flu this season. However, Skowronski said people interested in the vaccine are still encouraged to get it earlier in the season before the annual flu peak. Skowronski said children have been disproportionately affected by influenza this year, with kids under age nine making up 28 per cent of the 661 cases analyzed for vaccine effectiveness, even though children comprise only about 10 per cent of the country's population. Read More

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Woman dies from brain-eating amoeba after using neti pot

Cope said all three amoeba types have similar rates of prevalence, but Balamuthia mandrillaris is the least-recognized among the medical community because it is rarely documented, providing limited opportunity for research. Although extremely rare, B. mandrillari is deadly, with nearly 90 percent of cases of infection resulting in death. According to the CDC , the amoeba was discovered in 1986 and officially declared a new species in 1993. Read More

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CDC investigating mysterious polio-like illness in New Hampshire

CDC investigating mysterious polio-like illness in New Hampshire

Acute flaccid myelitis ( AFM ) resembles polio in that it causes paralysis and mostly affects children, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) has ruled out polio as a potential cause, STAT reports . The agency has not yet confirmed whether the New Hampshire patient, a juvenile from Rockingham County, contracted AFM or if it is another illness, said Jake Leon, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Human Services. Read More

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Louisiana, Mississippi top nation in worst West Nile illness

Louisiana, Mississippi top nation in worst West Nile illness

Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active if possible. You should wear loose-fitting and long-sleeved clothing. Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, making sure to follow the directions on the container. Agriculture officials say the spread of the virus in horses can be prevented with proper vaccination. Residents need to take basic precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites, including draining water from garbage cans, gutters or any other containers ... Read More

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West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

Prince George's County announced its first human case of the virus on Wednesday. "These traps are tested weekly from June to September, and with this recent confirmation of West Nile virus activity, we are increasing our efforts in the area surrounding the positive traps by looking for breeding sites and re-treating catch basins with larvicide". Read More

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FDA Approves First Drug Derived From Marijuana Plant

FDA Approves First Drug Derived From Marijuana Plant

The drug is derived from the cannabidiol of cannabis , and, as the plant is yet to be decriminalized by federal regulators, its approval gives GW Pharma a lead among cannabis-exposed companies in the USA financial markets. The drug has been shown to reduce seizures and return a few children to near-normal function. But before the medicine can hit the market in those areas, the Drug Enforcement Administration must reclassify marijuana, now a Schedule I drug, along with heroin and ... Read More

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Dead Bats In Himachal Pradesh Not Infected With Nipah Virus

Dead Bats In Himachal Pradesh Not Infected With Nipah Virus

First identified among pig farmers in Malaysia , the disease also surfaced in Siliguri, West Bengal, in 2001 and again in 2007. In a related development, a police probe, initiated to find out the travel itinerary of the virus' first victim Sabith, found out that he never visited Malaysia but had been in the United Arab Emirates, from where he had returned in October a year ago. Read More

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Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse

Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse

Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. "Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position", defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. "The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office", the NYPD said. Read More

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