Misc. Infections News

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2/16/2016
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas

Four weeks is long enough for the virus to pass out of the body, agency says

2/16/2016
In Fight Against Zika Virus, Officials Consider Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

The goal: Sterile males would mate with females that carry the germ suspected of causing birth defects

2/15/2016
WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones

But U.N. health agency says too soon to prove link between Guillain-Barre syndrome and Zika-causing mosquitoes

2/12/2016
A Sneeze May Be Even Ickier Than You Thought

Slow-motion photos reveal a 'sheet' of expelled fluid that then breaks apart, researchers say

2/12/2016
Another STD Spurs Concern

British study concludes Mycoplasma genitalium infection is transmitted through sexual contact

2/12/2016
Researchers Probe Colombia's Claim of No Birth Defects Linked to Zika

Major public health institutions say it's too soon to tell whether the report is accurate

2/12/2016
CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

Two U.S. women who contracted the virus while abroad suffered miscarriages, according to reports

2/11/2016
Flu Hits Poor Neighborhoods the Hardest, Study Shows

Low economic status doubles your chances of hospitalization, no matter your race, researchers find

2/11/2016
CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil

And two U.S. women who contracted the virus while abroad suffered miscarriages, according to reports

2/10/2016
CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

Germ found in tissues of 2 Brazilian babies who died from the birth defect marked by undersized heads, brains

2/10/2016
Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China

But odds are slim that deadly virus will spread easily among people, experts say

2/10/2016
Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

Germs on mats, helmets are likely culprits, but skin checks and hygiene might help cut risk, experts say

2/10/2016
Birth Defect Tied to Zika Virus Can Leave Children With Lifetime of Health Woes

But some with less severe brain defects may live a much more normal life, experts say

2/9/2016
Eye Defects Seen in Some Babies Born With Zika-Linked Microcephaly

Doctors should check these infants with abnormally small heads for vision problems, researchers say

2/9/2016
New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC

Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting and a more widespread rash, officials say

2/9/2016
Studying Tick Biology With Lyme Prevention in Mind

International team sequences the genome of the disease-spreading deer tick

2/8/2016
White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

Emergency funds from Congress would combat the global health threat, officials say

2/8/2016
Health Tip: Protect Against Group B Strep During Pregnancy

Expectant moms should be tested, CDC says

2/5/2016
Record Heat, Drought May Explain Zika Outbreak in Brazil: Research

Hot weather can boost mosquito population, drought prompted people to keep water in open containers

2/5/2016
CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

Women should not have sex while pregnant if male partners have visited or live in Zika-affected areas, agency says

2/3/2016
Legionnaires' Disease Can Transmit Person-to-Person, Case Suggests

Doctors say Portuguese man appears to have passed the illness to his mother; both died

2/3/2016
Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

Agency asks potential donors who have traveled to areas where virus is active to wait 28 days

2/2/2016
Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus

News comes day after WHO declared pathogen a global health threat

2/2/2016
For Super Bowl Fans, Flu Can Be an Unwanted Catch

Study finds spike in deaths among seniors who live in areas with teams in the game

2/2/2016
Less Than Half of U.S. Babies Receive Flu Vaccine: CDC

Many parents don't realize how deadly flu can be, expert says

2/1/2016
WHO: Zika Virus an International Health Threat

Virus suspected of causing birth defects could lead to 4 million cases in Americas in next year, agency says

1/29/2016
U.S. Weighs Changes to Blood Donations in Response to Zika Virus Outbreak

Temporary ban might be imposed on travelers returning from countries where the virus has taken hold

1/28/2016
Zika Vaccine Efforts Get Boost From Prior Research

U.S. health officials say valuable lessons were learned during battles against other mosquito-borne viruses

1/28/2016
Hepatitis C Reported at 19 Dialysis Clinics: CDC

Health officials blame lapses in infection control practices

1/27/2016
CDC Broadens Zika Virus Travel Alert for Pregnant Women

U.S. agency says those at risk should avoid U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic

1/25/2016
Zika Virus Expected to Spread North Through U.S.: WHO

Common mosquito spreads infection; Americans have no immunity

1/22/2016
U.S. Ob-Gyn Group Supports Zika Virus Travel Precautions

Also, CDC adds 8 more countries to list that pregnant American women may want to avoid

1/20/2016
Blood Test Might Predict When Antibiotics Won't Help

It's still in development, but doctors' office screening method could curb overprescribing, experts say

1/20/2016
New Approach Might Boost HIV Testing Rates

More people agree to screening when told they'll be checked unless they choose otherwise, study finds

1/20/2016
CDC Issues Zika-Virus Guidance for Docs With Pregnant Patients

Among the recommendations: ask about recent travel to high-risk areas and symptoms such as sudden fever

1/19/2016
Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea: A Growing Threat

U.S. officials echo concerns of health experts in Great Britain

1/18/2016
Lyme-Causing Ticks Expand Their Range in U.S.

Residents in nearly half of all counties now at risk, CDC says

1/18/2016
Women May Have Better Flu Defenses

Study might explain why men often seem harder hit by the virus

1/18/2016
CDC Warns Pregnant Women to Avoid 14 Countries in the Americas

Exposure to mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to birth defects in Brazil, health officials say in issuing travel alert for Central and South America and the Caribbean

1/16/2016
It's OK to Snuggle Your Pet When You're Sick, Doc Says

Dogs, cats can't catch your cold or flu, and aren't likely to transmit viruses

1/15/2016
CDC Warns Pregnant Women to Avoid 14 Countries in the Americas

Exposure to mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to birth defects in Brazil, health officials say in issuing travel alert for Central and South America and the Caribbean

1/15/2016
Newly Designed Endoscope Receives FDA Approval

Manufacturer made changes to reduce risk of 'superbug' infection

1/12/2016
Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplant: Study

Prepackaged stool samples used to combat stubborn C. difficile infections

1/8/2016
Protect Yourself From Colds and Flu This Winter

FDA offers prevention tips, and backs flu vaccination

1/6/2016
Hard Lessons Learned From the Ebola Fight

West Africa epidemic showed women survived more, and an anti-malaria drug worked well, scientists report

1/5/2016
Antifungal for Yeast Infections Tied to Miscarriage Risk

The oral drug fluconazole may increase the risk, Danish researchers say

12/23/2015
Hepatitis C May Be Tied to Greater Risk for Parkinson's Disease

People with the virus also nearly 30 percent more likely to develop the nervous system disorder, researchers say

12/23/2015
Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC

Almost everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated, experts say

12/23/2015
U.S. Teen Treated for Rare Rat-Bite Fever

Only 200 cases have been reported since 1839, research reveals

12/23/2015
Ebola Survivors Face Complications Months After Treatment, Study Finds

The virus may linger in certain body fluids, researchers say