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infectioushealth:
… I read up on the latest infectious diseases outbreaks on ProMed,
… I explain what public health is to friends, family, and the occasional stranger, and 
… I play rousing games of Pandemic with my equally nerdy public health friends. 
Among other things of course :) 

infectioushealth:

  1. … I read up on the latest infectious diseases outbreaks on ProMed,
  2. … I explain what public health is to friends, family, and the occasional stranger, and 
  3. … I play rousing games of Pandemic with my equally nerdy public health friends. 

Among other things of course :) 

themicrobiologist:

In mBio, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) report they have identified a novel mechanism that a particular superbug uses to fend off a key front-line antibiotic called daptomycin. The superbug often affects critically ill patients.
This information is helping investigators identify compounds to knock out a mechanism of resistance in order to “disarm” the superbug.
Primary source: mBio

themicrobiologist:

In mBio, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) report they have identified a novel mechanism that a particular superbug uses to fend off a key front-line antibiotic called daptomycin. The superbug often affects critically ill patients.

This information is helping investigators identify compounds to knock out a mechanism of resistance in order to “disarm” the superbug.

Primary source: mBio

pubhealth:

Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida
Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne illness, is back in Florida.
A handful of cases have been confirmed in in the past week. The cases there prompted a public health alert. Another , where officials issued a mosquito-borne disease advisory.
Dengue was commonplace in Florida until the 1930s. Air conditioning, window screens and better mosquito control helped break the dengue cycle.
But in 2009, things changed. A dengue outbreak in sickened at least 28 people. Investigators found that about 5 percent of 240 people they tested around Key West showed signs of having been infected by the virus that causes dengue.
Dengue is marked by fever, headache and pain in muscles, joints and bones. The illness can be excruciating. But infections can also be mild. Those can go overlooked or be confused with the flu. A blood test can conclusively diagnose dengue.
Since the Key West outbreak, doctors and public officials in the state have been on guard.
"We have better surveillance," says , interim state epidemiologist at the Florida Department of Health. "We believe we’re picking up dengue that was occurring."
Earlier this year, a scientific paper suggested that dengue cases have been .
Florida officials said people should wear mosquito repellent, protective clothing and be on the lookout for standing water around their homes. Draining it can keep mosquitoes from breeding.
The location of cases is also helping guide mosquito control efforts, Blackmore tells Shots. It’s one reason that people who are suspected of dengue should be tested.
(From Shots: Health News from NPR)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, a common carrier of the virus that causes dengue fever.

pubhealth:

Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida

Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne illness, is back in Florida.

A handful of cases have been confirmed in in the past week. The cases there prompted a public health alert. Another , where officials issued a mosquito-borne disease advisory.

Dengue was commonplace in Florida until the 1930s. Air conditioning, window screens and better mosquito control helped break the dengue cycle.

But in 2009, things changed. A dengue outbreak in sickened at least 28 people. Investigators found that about 5 percent of 240 people they tested around Key West showed signs of having been infected by the virus that causes dengue.

Dengue is marked by fever, headache and pain in muscles, joints and bones. The illness can be excruciating. But infections can also be mild. Those can go overlooked or be confused with the flu. A blood test can conclusively diagnose dengue.

Since the Key West outbreak, doctors and public officials in the state have been on guard.

"We have better surveillance," says , interim state epidemiologist at the Florida Department of Health. "We believe we’re picking up dengue that was occurring."

Earlier this year, a scientific paper suggested that dengue cases have been .

Florida officials said people should wear mosquito repellent, protective clothing and be on the lookout for standing water around their homes. Draining it can keep mosquitoes from breeding.

The location of cases is also helping guide mosquito control efforts, Blackmore tells Shots. It’s one reason that people who are suspected of dengue should be tested.

(From Shots: Health News from NPR)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, a common carrier of the virus that causes dengue fever, feeds on a unfortunate human's arm.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, a common carrier of the virus that causes dengue fever.

capulcuesra:

Those words are the last words a father’s to his dead daughters who killed by Bashar al-Assad and his supporter army with chemical weapon attack.

Almost 2000 innocent people died at this attack. Most of all, 0-10 years old children. Most of them, killed while they are sleeping. They couldn’t wake up for a new day.

There’s no words to explain this massacres. You don’t have to be a Syrian or Muslim to support this people. This can be happen to you, one day. We don’t know what’s gonna happen to us. Please, share this with everyone. Please.

[NOTE: My english is pretty bad but I hope you’d get it.]

(Source: capulcuesra)