New government research shows that tickborne diseases like Lyme disease continue to rise. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of illnesses spread by ticks. Cases of Lyme disease, Powassan virus; spotted fever rickettsiosis, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia all increased last year. The CDC said there were 59,349 confirmed cases of tickborne diseases in 2017, up from 48,610 in 2016. In past years, health officials have acknowledged that the true number of cases is likely many times higher than the officially tally. The findings reflect an accelerating trend of tick-related diseases reported in the U.S. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of such cases doubled. Researchers also discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people. What's behind the increase? Scientists say the reason for surge in … [Read more...] about Diseases spread by ticks hit record level in U.S.
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Half of all Alzheimer's cases could be caused by herpes virus, says scientist Independent.ie The herpes virus could account for at least half of all cases of Alzheimer's disease, a scientist has claimed. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/half-of-all-alzheimers-cases-could-be-caused-by-herpes-virus-says-scientist-37439643.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37439058.ece/365b9/AUTOCROP/h342/page23_alzhemiers.jpg Email The herpes virus could account for at least half of all cases of Alzheimer's disease, a scientist has claimed. There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV): HSV1, also known as oral herpes, which causes cold sores and blisters around the mouth and on the face; and HSV2, which is generally responsible for genital herpes outbreaks. Professor Ruth Itzhaki, who has spent more than 25 years at the University of Manchester in England investigating a potential link, looked to Taiwan as few countries collect the population data … [Read more...] about Half of all Alzheimer’s cases could be caused by herpes virus, says scientist
A TEENAGE boy found himself covered in pus-filled lesions after contracting a 18th century cowpox disease. But what is the virus, and how can you get it? Here's the lowdown on the gruesome infection. What is cowpox? Cowpox is an infectious disease caused by the cowpox virus. The disease is caused by cowpox virus, a close relative to vaccinia, smallpox and monkeypox viruses. It was far more common in the 18th Century, when milking maids often caught it. The virus, which is not contagious from person to person, has almost disappeared because fewer people milk cows by hand. The 15-year-old boy who caught it in 2018 had been feeding calves on his family farm in Flintshire, North Wales. It is very rare - Public Health Wales say the last reported case before this one in the country was ten to 15 years ago. What are the symptoms of the disease? Cowpox virus is not highly infectious for humans and usually results in localised lesions mainly on fingers, hands, or the face. The disease runs its … [Read more...] about What is cowpox, what are the symptoms of the disease, how is it transmitted and is it contagious?
0 Comments Are you washing your hands properly? 10 ways to help reduce the spread of infectious diseases BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Hand Hygiene Day takes place this Saturday. It's a timely reminder of the role of careful hand-washing in reducing illness and helping the fight against antibiotic resistance, explains Julia Moloney. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/health/are-you-washing-your-hands-properly-10-ways-to-help-reduce-the-spread-of-infectious-diseases-36860573.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article36860571.ece/473f3/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-05-01_lif_40560941_I7.JPG Email The World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Hand Hygiene Day takes place this Saturday. It's a timely reminder of the role of careful hand-washing in reducing illness and helping the fight against antibiotic resistance, explains Julia Moloney. 1. You're probably washing your hands all wrong. "Most people, when they wash their hands, … [Read more...] about Are you washing your hands properly? 10 ways to help reduce the spread of infectious diseases
An alarming report highlights that the number of Wiganers receiving hospital treatment for life-threatening liver disease caused by Hepatitis C is well above the national average. A study published by Public Health England shows that between 2012 and 2016, the borough was listed as one of the worst areas in the region for the number of patients admitted to hospital with liver failure or cancer brought on by the virus. Hep C is a serious condition which can cause liver damage, cancer and consequently death if left untreated. As a blood-borne virus, it can be transmitted through any blood-to-blood contact including intravenous drug use, accidental needle sticks, childbirth and, in rare cases, sexual activity.High-risk groups are considered to be injecting drug-users, healthcare workers who come into contact with blood products and syringes and prison inmates among others. PHE has revealed that 3.9 in every 100,000 Wigan patients were suffering from Hep C-related liver damage, a number … [Read more...] about Concerns over Hep C liver disease levels in Wigan