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  • Unveiling the Burden of Dengue in Africa

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    28 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    By Tyler M. Sharp  Ph.D. (LCDR,USPHS) Most travelers to Africa know to protect themselves from malaria. But malaria is far from the only mosquito-borne disease in Africa. Recent studies have revealed that dengue, a disease that is well recognized in Asia and the Americas, may be commonly misdiagnosed as malaria in Africa. So if you’re traveling to Africa, in addition to taking anti-malarial medications you should also take steps to avoid dengue. Dengue is a mosquito-transmitted illness that is recognized as a common illness throughout Southeast Asia and much of the Americas. In fact, a…
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  • Unveiling the Burden of Dengue in Africa

    Blog Administrator
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    By Tyler M. Sharp  Ph.D. (LCDR,USPHS) Most travelers to Africa know to protect themselves from malaria. But malaria is far from the only mosquito-borne disease in Africa. Recent studies have revealed that dengue, a disease that is well recognized in Asia and the Americas, may be commonly misdiagnosed as malaria in Africa. So if you’re traveling to Africa, in addition to taking anti-malarial medications you should also take steps to avoid dengue. Dengue is a mosquito-transmitted illness that is recognized as a common illness throughout Southeast Asia and much of the Americas. In fact, a…
  • Getting there Safely—Avoid Driving Disasters

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    8 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    From weekend getaways to cross-country road trips, people spend countless hours driving each year. Despite the confidence you may feel behind the wheel, there are some situations where driving is not a safe option for anyone. The weather can cause especially dangerous driving conditions, often putting a driver and their passengers in unexpected and risky situations. As you plan your summer travel, be informed and be prepared. Keeping an emergency kit in your car is the best way to prepare for any type of emergency on the road.  Include items like a first aid kit, jumper cables, tools (like a…
  • Celebrating the Fourth of July: Be Healthy, Be Prepared

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    1 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    While it may not be the typical patriotic image we envision, helping yourself, your family, and your community be more prepared to respond to disasters could be one of the most patriotic things you do this holiday weekend. In an emergency, the first to respond are typically those closest in proximity to the disaster. The first person to offer you help or who may need your assistance after a disaster will most likely be your neighbor or someone close to the area. In times of disaster we often rely on those around us. Simply knowing what to do and being willing to help in an emergency can make…
  • CDC Offers Hope in Fighting Brain-Eating Ameba

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    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Sioux Henley Campbell Photomicrograph depicting some of the histopathologic changes associated with an infection found in a brain tissue specimen due to the presence of free-living amoebae of the genus, Naegleria.   The investigational drug miltefosine (trade name, Impavido) has been successfully used to treat Naegleria fowleri.   Surviving a Brain-Eating Ameba   After swimming in a local waterpark, 12-year old Kali Hardig developed a high fever, headache, and nausea. When she worsened, her parents rushed Kali to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Within 30 hours of becoming ill,…
  • Tiny Turtle–Serious Health Threat

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    10 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Abigail Ferrell, JD, MPA As children, my brother and I talked our very patient mother into letting us have a wide variety of creatures as domestic pets. Nothing too exotic—mostly cats, dogs, and vermin (read: hamsters)—but my brother was also famous for catching wild creatures. We lived near a pond and my brother’s summers were spent feeding, wading, fishing for, and catching all kinds of aquatic life. He was usually allowed to keep a creature for an afternoon but then had to release it back to its home.  Wild, freshwater turtles are difficult to catch and, other than a couple of…
 
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