• infectious diseases Jul 29

    Wyoming Wildlife Officials to Test Dead Rabbits for Disease

    Wildlife officials in Wyoming have asked residents to report dead rabbits in their yards, rural property and outdoor areas because a viral disease has been identified in several neighboring states. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has tested carcasses statewide for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus2 to monitor the spread of the disease, the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reported. The disease has...

  • Coachella Valley Jul 9

    Mosquito Spraying to Begin This Weekend in Parts of Coachella Valley

    With potentially deadly mosquito-borne viruses continuing to be detected in the Coachella Valley, vector control officials are planning to carry out further pesticide spray applications beginning tomorrow. Targeted mosquito eradication efforts are scheduled Thursday through Saturday from 2 a.m to 6 a.m. in Palm Desert and Indian Wells, near where mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis were previously...

  • infectious diseases Jul 9

    Deadly Rabbit Virus Spreads From Riverside County to Other Southland Counties

    A deadly virus targeting domestic and wild rabbits that was detected in Palm Springs in May has now spread to San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties, state wildlife officials confirmed. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) is not related to the novel coronavirus and does not affect humans or domestic animals other than rabbits. “A dead desert cottontail rabbit was found in a green...

  • California Jun 13, 2019

    Jessica Biel Denies She's Anti-Vaccination After Lobbying Against California Bill

    Actress Jessica Biel says she’s not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The 37-year-old has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice concerns about the measure. Biel posted on Instagram Thursday morning that she supports children getting vaccinated and...

  • vanderbilt university Feb 14, 2019

    Flu Vaccine Doing a Relatively Good Job This Season

    The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor’s office. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60...

  • Nebraska Jan 3, 2019

    American Possibly Exposed to Ebola Monitored at Nebraska Hospital

    An American who was providing medical assistance in Congo may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus and is being monitored at a Nebraska medical center. The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Saturday that it was housing the person in a secure area that is not accessible to other patients or the public. Spokesman Taylor Wilson...

  • Nebraska Jan 3, 2019

    American Possibly Exposed to Ebola Monitored at Nebraska Hospital

    An American who was providing medical assistance in Congo may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus and is being monitored at a Nebraska medical center. The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Saturday that it was housing the person in a secure area that is not accessible to other patients or the public. Spokesman Taylor Wilson...

  • Atlanta Jun 22, 2017

    Flu Vaccine Ineffective for People 65 and Older Last Winter

    The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new vaccine data showing it did a so-so job overall. The vaccine was about 42 percent effective in preventing illness severe enough to send a patient to...

  • Pacific Ocean Mar 25, 2017

    Bad Breath: Study Find Array of Bacteria When Orcas Exhale

    When the mighty orca breaks to the surface and exhales, the whale sprays an array of bacteria and fungi in its his breath, scientists said, some good, and some bad such as salmonella. The findings in a new study raises concerns about the potential role of infectious diseases as another major stress factor for the struggling population of endangered Puget...

  • California Mar 2, 2015

    Parents Pressuring Doctors to Delay Vaccines: Survey

    Parents are asking doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, according to a new study published in Monday’s Pediatrics. Most of the doctors surveyed said the practice might lead to disease outbreaks, but most also said they at least sometimes agreed to the delays. “People just don’t understand that these diseases...

  • California Feb 6, 2015

    Q&A on Measles, the Most Infectious Disease Known

    A Q & A on measles, try to answer some lingering questions about the most infectious disease known.

  • Oct 17, 2014

    LA County ERs, Urgent Care Clinics Preparing for Ebola

    LA County health officials are preparing emergency care facilities for potential Ebola patients by making specific questions protocol and ensuring workers have access to hazmat suits. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Lincoln Heights Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

  • Los Angeles Oct 17, 2014

    LA County “Much Better Prepared Today” for Ebola Cases

    As the CDC and Texas health officials are being criticized for their handling of the three Ebola cases in America, Southern California officials are trying to reassure the public they are prepared should Ebola arrive.

  • infectious diseases Aug 19, 2014

    Shama, Mate of Rusty the Red Panda, Euthanized at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

    Shama, a red panda who had given birth to three cubs just seven weeks ago, was euthanized over the weekend due to severe swelling of the brain, zookeepers announced Monday.

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