New Mexico reports jump in vaccine exemptions

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January 31, 2015

New Mexico health authorities have expressed concern over the continued rise in vaccine exemptions in the state. The number of exemptions increased by 140 over last years total. In 2014,  3,335 exemptions were registered with the Immunization Program at the Department of Health. New Mexico map/US Government New Mexico law allows parents to request vaccination exemptions for their children based on medical need or religious beliefs. “We know the majority of…

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Kitsap County reports more pertussis in January than in the average year

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January 31, 2015

Kitsap County is experiencing an outbreak if pertussis (“whooping cough”) cases, with most cases in school-aged children in North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island, according to the County Public Health District Thursday. Kitsap County map/David Benbennick As of January 29, there have been 55 cases of pertussis reported to Kitsap Public Health since June 2014.  Nineteen cases have occurred since the beginning of January. Generally, Kitsap County sees about 14 cases…

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Oslo woman dies from Naegleria fowleri, linked to daily nasal washing with tap water

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January 31, 2015

Health officials in Norway are reporting the death of an Oslo woman who contracted the “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri while traveling in Thailand, according to a Folkehelseinstituttet report today (computer translated).  Norway/CIA The source of infection appears to be daily nasal washing with tap water, health officials note. Related: Neti Pots, Naegleria And You Norwegian health authorities remind travelers to always use sterile or boiled water for nasal washing abroad if…

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The Pandemic: Ebola Economics

It is a poignant human and economic stance, but a stance it is. The very first reported case in the Ebola outbreak desolating communities in West Africa … Google Alert – africa outbreak

January 31, 2015
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Taiwan reports year’s first indigenous rubella case

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January 31, 2015

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced Thursday this year’s first rubella (German measles) case in a 41-year-old male who resides in northern Taiwan. Rubella virus/CDC Since the case had not recently traveled overseas, Taiwan CDC determined the case to be an indigenous case. The possible source of infection is still being investigated. To prevent further transmission of the disease, the health authorities has implemented a number of…

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Favorite Valentine Day Activities For Children

Valentine Day is just around the corner! You can make this into a very special time for your children as you focus on activities that center around the theme of love, caring and togetherness. For kids, you do not have to spend a lot to make the day extra meaningful. Here are some simple ideas for activities that can make any child get into the spirit of what Valentine Day…

January 31, 2015
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HIV drug, Evotaz, receives FDA approval

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January 30, 2015

On January 29, 2015, FDA approved Evotaz, a fixed dose combination tablet containing 300 mg of atazanavir and 150 mg of cobicistat. Evotaz is indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of  of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV 1) infection in adults. Image/HIV-CDC Use of Evotaz in treatment-experienced patients should be guided by the number of baseline primary protease inhibitor resistance substitutions. The recommended dosage of Evotaz is…

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UC Davis Medical Center receives suspected Ebola patient

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January 30, 2015

A patient with symptoms consistent with Ebola infection was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday morning from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. Public domain image/National Atlas of the United States UC Davis, identified by the California Department of Public Health as a priority hospital to treat confirmed Ebola patients, is fully prepared to safely assess and treat the patient if necessary in accordance with guidelines established by the U.S….

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