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Mononucleosis, aka “mono” is a common viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Mononucleosis symptoms can include fever and sore throat, infection of the liver, lymph nodes and mouth. Swelling of the lymph glands in the neck are the classic symptom. While not considered a dangerous disease, mononucleosis is very contagious and has serious symptoms of fatigue and tiredness which can last for several months.
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What Is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral condition that affects nerves and is usually diagnosed after its physical symptoms appear: an unpleasant rash with painful blisters frequently appearing on the skin. Once the rash and blisters have gone, many people still endure intense pain, that can persist for months or years.

Early identification and treatment of shingles can minimize the initial pain and may reduce the chance of persistent, recurring pain.

Shingles may also be referred to as Herpes zoster, or Zoster.
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Lyme disease gets its name from Old Lyme, Connecticut where the disease was initially diagnosed in 1975 after a number of children were found to have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a very strange occurrence. In researching the symptoms of Lyme disease, doctors learned that it is transmitted when people are bitten by ticks, notably the deer tick, which is very small and can often go unnoticed when biting the skin.
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Hantavirus symptoms and treatment of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) are something that all health professionals should be aware of, but everyone can benefit from understanding how to recognize and treat this deadly rodent-borne lung virus. Thanks to comprehensive public health standards and vigorous monitoring, outbreaks in the U.S. have been limited to the Southwest region, where most instances are reported.
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Hantavirus outbreaks, like the deadly outbreaks common in South America, could be forecast months in advance by using satellite pictures to observe sharp increases in plant-life growth that allow mouse populations to grow unchecked. Researchers are considering this information critical to their monitoring and forecasting of hantavirus and other rodent-borne illnesses globally.
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Public illness, coupled with a lacking policy on cleanliness procedures may have allowed an outbreak of norovirus on board a Princess Cruise ship to become more dangerous than it otherwise would have been, and then infected the crew and passengers. Princess Cruise Ship’s policy allows it to clean the ships thoroughly and return them to service. In such cases, passengers are notified of the outbreak, the cleaning and advised of protective measures to help prevent future outbreaks.
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State  medical officials were advised of a possible occurrence of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) caused by Naegleria fowleri, the free-living amoeba located in fresh water lakes and other waterways, which led to the death of a Sedgwick County citizen. The investigation from Sedgwick County Medical Division personnel revealed the infection probably happened when the young boy was swimming in the Winfield City Lake found in Cowley County.
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Vibriosis is triggered by bacterial infection from the Vibrio genus, typically Vibrio parahemolyticus or Vibrio vulnificus. Diarrhea often accompanies Vibrio bacteria along with more serious skin infections, and blood infections. Vibrio parahemolyticus is a mostly harmless infection that commonly causes diarrhea, however the Vibrio vulnificus infection, while rare, may contribute to blood poisoning and fatality on many occasions.
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Meningitis is an acute contagious disease causing inflammation of the outer covering of the brain (meninges) and upper spinal column. The two primary kinds of meningitis are viral and bacterial, but it may be caused by other microorganisms including fungal, and parasitic. Meningitis may also be caused by other diseases, like Lyme disease that can affect the lining of the brain.
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