Mice infected with Lyme disease help spread babesiosis: Yale researcher

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December 31, 2014

Mice that are already infected with the pathogen that causes Lyme disease appear to facilitate the spread of a lesser-known but emerging disease, babesiosis, into new areas. Ixodes scapularis, a Black-legged tick/CDC Research led by the Yale School of Public Health and published Dec. 29 in the journal PLOS ONEused laboratory experiments, mathematical models, and fieldwork data to find that mice infected with the agent that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia…

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Infections you can get from dogs

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December 31, 2014

Man and dog—a relationship that is nearly as old as time itself. Protector of our homes, pulling our sleds, finding missing people in rubble after an earthquake, dogs have been invaluable to the human race. However, dogs are indeed animals and exposure to dogs has the potential for a plethora of infectious diseases. Here is a summary of possible diseases and routes of infection: McNab dogPublic domain image/Jezzabell Bites Dogs…

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Infections you can get from domestic cats

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December 31, 2014

With one-third of the households in the United States having cats as pets totally approximately 60 million, human exposure to cats can occasionally result in a variety of infections. Photo/Robert Herriman Infections from cats can be from bites and scratches, from their contaminated feces, from vectors living on their body and from microorganisms found on their coat. Bites and scratches are a frequent occurrence from playing around with your cat….

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Norovirus sickens more than 100 kids at Guangdong school

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December 31, 2014

Qiming Primary School in Jiangmen city in south China’s Guangdong Province reported that more than 100 students have been stricken with the gastrointestinal bug, norovirus. Image/CDC The students affected, 104 in total, were elementary students in grades one through three, according to reports. Health officials in Jiangmen city say this is the seventh norovirus outbreak this year. Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as…

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Japan orders the cull of thousands of birds as 2nd avian influenza outbreak identified

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December 31, 2014

Japanese officials have ordered the cull of more than 40,000 birds on a Miyazaki prefecture after for the second time in two weeks an H5 avian influenza outbreak has been reported. Public domain image/Ben Rudiak-Gould Preliminary genetic testing reveals that the strain involved at the farm in southwestern Japan is of the H5 variety. An earlier outbreak in Miyazaki two weeks ago, which resulted in the cull of some 4,000 birds, was…

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Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews recalled due to Salmonella risk

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December 31, 2014

Barkworthies of Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, the company announced Wednesday. The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6th, 2014. The product can be identified by the Lot Code printed on the side of the plastic pouch: BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES Lot Code: 1254T1 Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch Best Used by Date: May 2016…

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San Francisco reports spike in shigella infection, homeless hit especially hard

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December 31, 2014

San Francisco health officials say the city reports 5-10 cases of shigellosis monthly typically; however, this December the City by the Bay has reported a significant spike in the gastrointestinal bacterial infection. During the first 23 days of the month, health authorities report 65 cases of shigella. Hit particularly hard by the rash of shigella cases is the city’s homeless, accounting for 40 percent of all cases. “We are particularly concerned…

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New York City: 4th case of neonatal herpes due to ritual Jewish circumcision reported this year

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December 31, 2014

In November 2014, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene received a report of a new case of HSV type 1 (HSV-1) infection in a newborn male infant following direct orogenital suction during ritual Jewish circumcision, also known as metzitzah b’peh. New York City map/Public domain image/Franklin Baldo via Wikimedia Commons Including this case, there have been a total of 17 laboratory-confirmed cases of HSV infection attributable to direct orogenital suction…

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