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On an extremely hot day in the middle of summer it’s very common to see people swimming in the lake or playing at the beach. Most people are there for fun relaxing and lounging and nobody is concerned about getting sick.

But deadly microbes love this hot environment and strive when water levels are low and water temperatures are high. Parasites that are dormant when water temperatures are below 80°F become active when temps are high and can infect people swimming in the warm water.
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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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In Mumbai, India scientists have discovered a discomforting increase in cases of drug-resistant Tuberculosis, and the latest frightening news is indicating that 100 to 200 million people may be carrying one of two deadly microbes – ha-MRSA and ca-MRSA – that happen to be resistant to virtually any antibiotic, causing near panic regarding the chance of outbreak.
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Researchers have discovered a deadly fungus as the source of fatality in AIDS-related diseases. The research has found that the more deadly varieties of Cryptococcus neoformans, a fungi species that is highly aggressive and deadly were transported from Africa to Asia. A specific kind of the fungus – referred to as the Cryptococcus neoformas type grubii – leads to meningitis in AIDS sufferers or others with immunodeficiency or otherwise damaged immune systems due to HIV infection.
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