This time last year public health officials were grappling with a meningitis outbreak linked to fungus found in tainted medication. Now officials are trying to rein in a different outbreak of meningitis, more specifically meningococcal disease, popping up on a college campus, including Princeton University.
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December 9th, 2013 2:01 pm ET - Blog Administrator
December 4th, 2013 8:27 pm ET - Blog Administrator
With winter bearing down on most of the country this week, it’s a great time to make sure you’re ready for cold weather. Winter can be unpredictable as temperatures drop quickly and snow piles up within hours. Winter is coming, so heed the advice of the Game of Thrones and start preparing now.
November 20th, 2013 12:32 pm ET - Blog Administrator
With colder temperatures comes the holiday season, a new year, and of course, flu season!
Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks, making now a great time to prepare. Flu infects millions of people every flu season and causes an estimated 200,000-plus people each year to be hospitalized.
October 30th, 2013 10:47 am ET - Blog Administrator
Do you know what to do if the power goes out? A power outage often follows another emergency – like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm – but it can also be the result of downed trees, heat waves, and blackouts. Because you never know when the power can go out, it is important to be prepared to able to meet your basic needs without electricity.
October 24th, 2013 10:46 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Kristen Nordlund
This Sunday night there might be a few things vying for your attention – it’s Game 4 of the World Series, the Packers face the Vikings, and there’s a new episode of The Walking Dead. In addition to sports and the undead, the National Geographic Channel is debuting a movie about what happens when the lights go out. Literally.
October 22nd, 2013 8:44 am ET - Blog Administrator
One year ago, valley fever was a disease that few people outside of Arizona or Central California had heard of.
Caused by breathing in spores from a fungus that grows in the dirt throughout the Southwest, coccidioidomycosis – as it is formally known – can cause serious illness and a painful death. It spreads from the lungs to the bones, skin, and organs. It can cause lifelong pain and disability and require years of expensive medications. If you live in one of the 15 states that are required to report cases of the disease to the CDC, you have a greater chance of getting valley fever than you do AIDS, hepatitis, or Lyme disease.
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