Don’t Get Sick From Your Thanksgiving This Year
Each year many families can come down with a bacterial infection from their Thanksgiving meal. Each year 48 million Americans get sick from a food borne illness sometime during the year. Don’t let that happen to you and your family this holiday season. Salmonella can be deadly. Check out the tips below to avoid getting sick from your turkey.
MERS Virus from a Camel Connection
The deadly MERS virus that started back in 2012 has killed 64 people and sickened over a hundred people. A man from Saudi Arabia got sick from the MERS Virus and his camel was found with the virus too. The health minister there called the discovery significant. This could be the missing link for finding the source and possibly a cure for this virus.
Vibrio Vulnificus – Would You Know If You Had It?
If you love walking in the oceanwater on a warm day or evening you may want to read on. Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that lives in warm seawater. An infection from V. vulnificus is a rare cause of disease. It also has been underreported over the years. It was little known until 2007. But just recently 31 in Florida has been infected from this disease. 9 people died in 2012 from vibrio vulnificus and 13 died from it in 2011.
No Monitoring Infectious Diseases While US Government is Shut Down
The government shutdown in the United States has stopped the tracking by the CDC of infectious diseases like the flu, measles, food borne illnesses, etc. Most of the Centers for Disease Control has been closed down by the government shutdown this past week. Very few emergency operations will be continued at the Centers for Disease Control.
Monitoring Infectious Diseases
- You may have remembered the CDC is the group that tracked the swine flu in the United States back in 2011. What will happen if a new outbreak of swine flu begins during this government shutdown?
- Even antibiotic usage in hospitals has been tracked by the CDC, will this stop as well? We know how the overuse of antibiotics can spur more infections. We sure hope this doesn’t happen with no monitoring infectious diseases during this period of government chaos.
- Food borne illnesses – Another part of the CDC monitoring is diseases caused by food . And the FDA is shut down as well, though there is some monitoring still going on for high risk foods and drugs.
- Swine Flu and MERS will have very little tracking via the CDC during this shutdown. Will WHO be able to pick up the slack on the monitoring of these infectious diseases here in the United States?
How long do you think the government shutdown will last?