Category Archives: Infectious/Communicable Disease

 

Measles Update (2/9/2015)

As most of you know, there is currently an outbreak of measles in the U.S.  The ongoing outbreak in California linked to a visitor to Disneyland has grown to over 100 cases in several states. The virus has spread rapidly … Continue reading

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Fever Myths vs. Facts

Fever is a very common symptom during childhood. In addition to a child who doesn’t feel well, the fever can cause a great deal of worry for parents. A fever is generally defined as temperature at or above 100.5 degrees … Continue reading

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Enterovirus D68

A recent outbreak of Enterovirus D68 in several states in the Midwest, including Illinois, has been causing a higher than usual number of respiratory illnesses among children. Here are some things to know about the virus. What is Enterovirus D68? … Continue reading

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

If you have a little camper or preschooler at home, chances are you have recently heard about hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). While the term may sound scary, HFMD is a common viral illness. It is most common in … Continue reading

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The HPV Vaccine

What is HPV? HPV is short for Human Papilloma Virus. This virus is very common, and is usually asymptomatic, which means people are not aware that they have it. It is acquired through sexual contact. A majority of sexually active … Continue reading

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Mumps Update

What is mumps? Mumps is an illness caused by the mumps virus. Symptoms can vary from no symptoms at all, to mild respiratory infection, to acute parotitis (swelling of the salivary glands in the cheeks). Early symptoms of mumps include … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely

A few years ago, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) embarked on an initiative called “Choosing Wisely”. This campaign aimed to create a national effort amongst physicians to carefully examine and make recommendations that would help to decrease unnecessary … Continue reading

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Measles Update

  What is Measles? Measles is an infection caused by a virus that can affect people of any age. The virus is one of the most highly contagious, meaning it is spread very easily and quickly. It is spread by … Continue reading

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Pertussis Update: What is it? How can we prevent it?

In the past few years you have probably heard about whooping cough (pertussis) in the news or even more alarming, from those dreaded school notices. Pertussis has been around for centuries. The small highly contagious bacteria that causes pertussis was … Continue reading

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