Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 18 Infection News

New Ebola cases in Guinea

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2016/03/cases-guinea-end-west-africas-short-lived-ebola-free-status

Legionnaires’ Disease In Michigan

Michigan health officials have found a 10th fatal case of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area amid an outbreak some experts have linked to the city’s water crisis.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/michigan-reports-10th-fatal-case-legionnaires-disease-37752151

 

More news on Zika

The Lancet medical journal just published a study showing an association of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (an acute muscle weakness disease)and infected persons with Zika virus in French Polynesia. during their 2013-2014 outbreak.  We are seeing this same sydrome right now in Latin America associated with Zika virus.

 

Here again is the link to protecting yourself from Zika Virus.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html

 

 

Zika Virus

Yes microcephaly in newborn babies  in newborn babies seems to be really associated with this virus. ( a baby’s developing brain doesn’t grow properly which can cause development, neurological  and learning problems)  I would not hesitate to use insect repellent liberally if I was traveling to these areas. I am telling child bearing women to use 2 forms of birth control or better yet avoid sexual contact completely if they have have to travel to an affected area, including the Caribbean, during their stay and for several weeks after they return home as if infected the virus can be in the body for a few weeks upon return to a nonZika area. (Studies will be looking to define this period of time after the first day of infection)  In addition, the virus appears transmission by sexual contact.  Women of child bearing age should avoid sexual contact with anyone returning from an infected until they are proven to not have the infection. The CDC has developed an exceptionally good link for Zika virus information.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

Information on protecting yourself from Zika virus:

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html