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Zika: Should The Games Go On?

The Zika virus, a mosquito-born disease, has been linked to microcephaly, a devastating birth defect. The virus has spread across Brazil and into other South American countries as it marches north to the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been issuing regular announcements and using social media, particularly Twitter, to disseminate […]

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South Sudan to Martha’s Vineyard: Malaria

A summer vacation came to a sudden, dramatic end when a 52-year-old woman had a witnessed seizure at a social event. The patient, who had spent the previous 4 days visiting Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts, was brought by ambulance to a community hospital. Over the course of the previous week, […]

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The Perils of Country Life

The Perils of Country Life: Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis An ordinary day began with a patient transfer from a rural hospital in Eastern Kentucky. The 26-year-old woman presented to the outside hospital with a 2-day history of shortness of breath and productive cough, which had been preceded by several days of generalized fatigue, subjective fever, and […]

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Kissing Bugs, Vectors of Disease

Free-roaming Kissing Bugs, Vectors of Chagas Disease, Feed Often on Humans in the Southwest Abstract Background Kissing bugs, vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, are common in the desert Southwest. After a dispersal flight in summer, adult kissing bugs occasionally gain access to houses where they remain feeding on humans and pets. […]

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