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Cat-Scratch Disease May Lead to Serious Illness
Bartonella henselae, the bacterium that causes Cat-Scratch Disease, is carried in the claws and mouth of infected cats and spreads through bites, scratches, or licks to an open wound.
Mumps Outbreaks Reported in School Systems of Three States
Mumps outbreaks have recently been reported within the school systems of three states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New York.
Atopic Dermatitis Increases Risk of Staph Colonization
Additional study findings indicated that patients with AD had a significantly higher risk for S. aureus colonization of lesional skin as compared with those without AD.
MRSA-eliminating Bacteria Found Within the Human Body
A new study conducted by Andreas Peschel, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Tuebingen in Germany, has shown that lugdunin, a bacteria naturally produced by the human body, can be used as an antibiotic that can eliminate Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Arizona Measles Outbreak Underscores Importance of Vaccines
The number of confirmed cases in the outbreak has been attributed to the reluctance of some to be vaccinated.
Necrotizing Fasciitis: A Rare Disease with Fatal Consequences
A recent report describing the development of “flesh-eating bacteria” in a Louisiana woman has the public concerned. The infection developed after the woman injured her foot, resulting in bleeding, while surf fishing in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this May.
African Meningitis Epidemic Would Have Serious Global Repercussions
Although virtually eradicated in some parts of the developed world, spinal meningitis remains a significant healthcare challenge in the so-called “African meningitis belt,” a region of 26 countries that stretches from Senegal to Ethiopia.
CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Shares Recent Zoonotic Disease Research
Zoonotic diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi that are spread between animals and humans are quite common and scientists estimate that more than 60% of human infectious diseases are spread from animals.
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