Tips to Protect Yourself from Norovirus
Norovirus is a common virus that spreads quickly. Many people in the US get sick with norovirus several times. Here are some tips to protect yourself from Norovirus.
Birth Year Predicts Bird Flu Risk
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, in his blog outlines a study on birth year and influenza immunity. In a study that looked at cases of bird flu in six countries in Asia and the Middle East between 1997 and 2015, an NIH-supported research team found that people born before 1968 were at lower risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus than were those born afterwards. Just the opposite was true of another emerging strain of bird flu. People born before 1968 were at greater risk of becoming seriously ill or dying of H7N9, while those born after that date were more often protected.
The start of the 2016-17 flu season is here, and we have already seen sporadic flu activity in the State of Michigan. The first official week of the flu season was October 2 - 8, 2016. During this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) confirmed the first two cases of influenza for this season as human seasonal influenza A/H3.
Carly Adams, MPH Region 1 Epidemiologist, MDHHS
Bethany Reimink, MPH Region 5 Epidemiologist, MDHHS
On August 1, 2016, a pig exhibited at the Muskegon County Fair tested positive for influenza. The sample was later characterized as swine influenza A H3N2. Subsequently, ill swine exhibitors were tested for influenza and on August 5, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported Michigan’s first case of variant influenza A/H3N2 (H3N2v) infection for 2016. One additional exhibitor at the fair also tested positive for H3N2v. Public Health Muskegon County alerted providers of the potential for H3N2v transmission and reached out to exhibitors to identify additional illnesses. Although additional illness were identified, none tested positive for H3N2v.
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, September 1, 2016
According to new public health research, the only approved vaccine for dengue may actually increase the incidence of dengue infections requiring hospitalization rather than preventing the disease if health officials aren't careful about where they vaccinate. In the study, researcher's analyzed data from vaccine trials conducted in 10 countries with more than 30,000 participants as well as recently published data on the long-term follow-up of these participants.
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