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The Ebola virus is certainly one of the most deadly viruses jeopardizing human lives and even entire generations in Africa and now on other continents.

Prevent Contracting the Ebola Virus

There is no FDA-approved vaccine intended for preventing or reversing Ebola but if you travel to, or if you are in contact with people from countries affected by Ebola or in an outbreak-country, practicing the following procedures will help to prevent contracting the disease.
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Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a microbe called Legionella that can be found in warm, stagnant water and is known to grow in residential or commercial water systems, hot water tanks, hot tubs or other large water containment systems.

Legionnaires’ disease can be contracted at any time of year, but most infections occur in summer when air conditioning and whirlpool tubs are used most often.

If treated early, the damage to internal organs from Legionnaires’ disease can be significantly reduced or stopped altogether. By killing the bacteria, the patient can fully recover from all symptoms of the infection.

The Legionella bacteria has evolved quite well however, and essentially escapes eradication by killing the very defense mechanism our body uses to stop the disease.
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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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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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Avian influenza, informally known as bird flu, is an infectious disease triggered by a group of viruses that typically attack birds. Starting in 1997, a subtype of avian influenza referred to as Avian influenza A (H5N1), has been identified in infected humans and is blamed for a small number of human deaths.
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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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