Infectious Disease Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Southern tick-associated erythema migrans-like illness

    Southern tick-associated erythema migrans-like illness

    A new infectious disease has been described, having caused documented illnesses in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (Pediatric News. 33(7):12, 1999). This disease, transmitted via bites from the Lone Star tick, causes a rash and sometimes a mild fever – hence its catchy name, “Southern tick-associated erythema migrans-like illness.”

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  • Is It Empty Nest Time At Your House?

    Is It Empty Nest Time At Your House?

    When your child first packs up and heads off for college, it is a bittersweet moment. How horrible if meningitis were to make the separation permanent. College students get meningitis 2.6 times more often than peers the same age (American Journal of Public Health. 1995;85:843-845).

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  • Measles completely eliminated in USA

    Measles completely eliminated in USA

    When the measles vaccine was first introduced, the number of measles cases plummeted. But a few years ago, new outbreaks prompted a reevaluation of the vaccine. In some people the immunity had faded after only one dose of the vaccine, so the schedule was changed to include a booster dose.

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  • Prenatal HIV Testing

    Prenatal HIV Testing

    The number of babies born in the United States who are infected with HIV has dropped dramatically since 1992, according the August 17th, 1999 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The numbers are still increasing, though, in most of the world.

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  • What is Rotavirus

    What is Rotavirus?

    What is rotavirus?

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  • Fast Facts about Rotaviruses

    Fast Facts about Rotaviruses

    Rotaviruses are the leading cause of both routine vomiting and diarrheal illnesses and of severe, life-threatening diarrhea in every country in the world. Click here to read more about rotaviruses.

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  • Laughing Little Girl

    Rotavirus Virus

    Last spring, my 3-year-old daughter was hospitalized due to dehydration caused by rotavirus. Can you give me some information on this virus and what I can do to prevent her from contracting it again? There is not a lot…

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  • Avoiding Salmonella - Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets

    Avoiding Salmonella – Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets

    As a child, I enjoyed keeping pet turtles, frogs, lizards, and snakes (and many, more cuddly, pets). But some children who handle these pets are at risk for serious illness or even death. According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, pet reptiles and amphibians are responsible for about 93,000 Salmonella […]

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  • Preventing Colds, Flus, and Infections2

    Preventing Colds, Flus, and Infections

    My son is in daycare and seems to pick up everything that anyone gets — colds, flu, ear infections — you name it. And then he brings it home! I’ve heard you say that a daycare of 6 or…

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  • Clean Hands

    Clean Hands

    How essential is hand washing and how can I get my kids to remember to do it?

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