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Zika virus a renewed threat

Last year, a combination of media coverage and scary outbreaks made Zika the most talked about disease of the year. Then, the winter season brought holiday cheer and diminished mosquito populations, and the public simply forgot about the health threat. However, people need to stay cautious about Zika this summer, especially if travelling to regions ..
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New Hampshire student credited with saving classmate’s life while on field trip

A quick-thinking 8th grader is being called a hero by his classmates and town after he helped to save his friend’s life while on a field trip last week. Timothy “T. Sully” Sullivan, of New Hampshire, noticed Haidar Faraj was struggling to breathe after he had eaten French fries, Boston 25 News reported. Faraj, who ..
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Tick-borne diseases on the rise

Ticks and tick-borne illnesses are found all over the U.S., and you can use these maps provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to see which ticks are found in your area. Different types of ticks carry different viral and bacterial illnesses, so it’s important to know which ticks are near you. There are ..
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Hummus recalled over possible listeria contamination

A Tennessee company has issued a voluntary recall for select hummus products sold nationwide and in Canada over concerns of possible listeria contamination. House of Thaller said the affected products involve 10 ounce packages of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping marketed under three different names. BLACKHAWKS STAR MARIAN HOSSA TO MISS NEXT SEASON DUE TO ..
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Air Force says 135 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

As many as 135 patients who underwent a colonoscopy or endoscopy at an Air Force base in Qatar may have potentially been exposed to HIV or hepatitis after it was revealed that the scopes used in the procedures were not properly cleaned. The Air Force is contacting patients who received either of the procedures between ..
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Tick that makes you allergic to meat may be spreading

Ticks are out in force this year, and there’s one species in particular you should watch out for if you’d ever like to eat meat again. Experts say the lone star tick appears to be spreading from its home base in the southeastern US. Whereas other ticks can spread ailments such as Lyme disease, the ..
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Backyard chickens are getting people sick again

The CDC is investigating eight separate multi-state outbreaks of salmonella that have sickened nearly 400 people across the country. The cause, however, isn’t an unsanitary factory. Instead, blame backyard chickens, or at least owners who underestimate the risk of getting too close, reports the Fresno Bee. The growing popularity of having a home-grown source of ..
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‘Death cap’ mushrooms sicken 14 in California

More than a dozen people in Northern California recently became seriously ill from eating wild "death cap" mushrooms that they gathered themselves, according to a new report. During the first two weeks in December 2016, the California Poison Control System received reports of 14 people who had to be hospitalized after consuming wild death cap ..
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Powassan virus: Potentially fatal tick disease that can be transmitted in minutes reported in Maine

Two new cases of a dangerous and potentially fatal tick-borne illness have health officials in Maine on high alert as agencies across the nation brace for a particularly high-population tick season. The patients, who were not identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contracted Powassan virus, which differs from Lyme disease as ..
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Botched anti-measles campaign kills 15 children in South Sudan

At least 15 children died in South Sudan after health workers failed to sterilize syringes between uses while vaccinating around 300 kids in early May. The country’s health minister said another 32 children fell ill with symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhea. “The team that vaccinated the children in this tragic event were neither qualified ..
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First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois

Mosquitoes in Illinois tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first group of infected insects found in the state this year, health officials said.  The mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus were discovered last week in Godfrey, located north of St. Louis, Missouri, Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Tuesday.  "Although we see ..
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Dog flu in Florida: Health officials confirm 7 cases of potentially deadly virus

Seven canines in Florida have been diagnosed with potentially deadly dog flu, a highly contagious virus that popped up in 10 states and infected nearly 1,000 dogs in Chicago in 2015. In a news release Tuesday the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed the animals had the H3N2 canine influenza virus, which cannot infect humans. The canines are ..
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Ebola vaccine approved for Congo amid outbreak in remote region

Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have approved the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine in the hopes of stemming the spread of a recent outbreak of the deadly virus in the African nation. While DRC officials approved the use of rVSV-ZEBOV, Congolese authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) are still deciding ..
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People smell great! Human sniffers sensitive as dogs’

As you read this, take a whiff. What smells do you detect? How do these smells affect how you feel? It’s rare that people consciously take in the smells around them, but a new review argues that the human sense of smell is more powerful than it’s usually given credit for, and that it plays ..
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Philippines’ Duterte bans smoking in public

Smoking in both indoor and outdoor public spaces has been banned in the Philippines, with those who disobey the law facing a maximum penalty of four months in prison and a fine of $100. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who was once a heavy smoker but quit after a health scare, signed the executive order on ..
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How a single kiss could kill this teen

Stone Cofini may not be allowed to date until he turns 16 next January, but his mother is already losing sleep over the prospect. Dawn Cofini, a hairdresser from Nanuet, NY, is terrified that kissing another teen could prove deadly for her son. Stone, 15, is so allergic to peanuts, just inhaling dust from one ..
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Ebola outbreak in Central Africa, officials scramble to control virus’ spread

Global health officials are monitoring a possible resurgence of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid reports of an outbreak of the feared contagion near the country’s northern border. Public health officials in the DRC have reported at least 43 cases of suspected Ebola and four deaths. While only two of the ..
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Tainted nacho cheese: Why botulism is so deadly

A botulism outbreak has killed one man and sickened nine other people who ate nacho cheese sauce contaminated with the toxic bacterial protein. Heath officials traced the outbreak to a gas station in California’s Sacramento County. But how did this deadly protein, known as botulinum toxin, get into the cheese sauce? And how can people ..
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Germany to fine parents who refuse vaccine advice under new law

Germany is set to pass a law next week that will require kindergartens to inform authorities if parents have failed to consult a doctor about vaccinating their children, with those who refuse advice subject to fines worth up to $2,800. The law, expected to take effect on June 1, comes as leaders across Europe move ..
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Smoking while pregnant may harm your future grandkids

The thinking is that the smoking damages the eggs developing in a smoker’s female fetus.  (iStock) If you’re looking for another reason to just say no to cigarettes, researchers are offering up more evidence that the habit has negative repercussions—not just for the smoker, and not just for the smoker’s children, but for the smoker’s ..
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