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QUIZ: How the Flu Affects our Wallet

The flu can do quite a number on our us: fever, runny nose, and other unpleasant symptoms that make us want to stay under the covers and sleep for days. With an average 5 to 20 percent  of the U.S. population catching the flu every year, it’s more than just our bodies that feel the ..

Health Alert: Hepatitis A in Hawaii

Health Alert: Hepatitis A in Hawaii

Health officials in Oahu, Hawaii are currently investigating a recent outbreak of Hepatitis A. So far there have been 74 confirmed cases of the disease, all in adults, with 26 requiring hospitalization. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of infected people ..

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5 Ways Germs are like Pokemon

Wow – this Pokémon craze seems to be spreading faster than germs through an office building! Since Pokémon GO is all the rage right now, it got me thinking about the similarities between this national craze and germs.  So, I give to you: Pokémon GO or Germs? They are all around you, but you can’t ..

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Ebola in the US: The importance of proper infection control

With the first case of Ebola in the United States many are asking – what should I do? The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, assures the public “I have no doubt that we’ll stop this in its tracks in the U.S.” and that “The United States has a ..

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Health Alert: Respiratory Illness in the Midwest

The outbreak of respiratory virus EV- D68 has become a nightmare for everyone involved, puzzling parents, children and medical staff  as to its origin. Missouri seems to be the hot spot of this infection, which has sent 300+ Kansas City children to the hospital since August 15th. According to the CDC, similar cases have been ..

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INFOGRAPHIC: 3 Things to Know About Ebola

 UPDATE: For updated information on Ebola and infection control, read our follow-up article here. The recent Ebola outbreak is the worst outbreak in 40 years, since first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in Central Africa. On Friday, August 8th, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak an international health emergency to focus worldwide ..