CDC Warns of Salmonella Connected with Water Frogs

The Centers for Disease Control are warning of an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium connected with handling water frogs, including African Dwarf Frogs.  More than 50 people, mostly young children, have been diagnosed with the disease since June of 2009.  About one in four have had to go into the hospital, but none has died so far.…  Read More

Watch Out for Phony H1N1 Email

The Centers for Disease Control is warning the public about fraudulent emails that appear to come from the CDC and tell people to create a “Personal H1N1 Vaccination Profile” on the CDC website. Clicking on a link in the email takes the receiver to a site that looks very much like the CDC’s own web pages. …  Read More

CDC Expands Screening for Uninsured

The Centers for Disease Control has awarded $22 million to 26 states and tribal organizations to provide colorectal cancer screening to the uninsured and underinsured from age 50 to 64. Through the Colorectal Cancer Control Program, five-year grants ranging from $358,283 to $1.1 million will support support screening and diagnostic follow–up care, data collection, outreach and…  Read More

CDC: Current Swine Flu Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control have issued Interim Guidance for reducing the impact of swine influenza A (H1N1). While they are not recommending now that large community gatherings be cancelled, they do say: Persons with underlying medical conditions who are at high risk for complications of influenza may wish to consider avoiding large gatherings. In addition,…  Read More

CDC Links Peanut Butter to Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control have made an preliminary link between an outbreak of Salmonella infection and peanut butter.  Studies of illness patterns by the Minnesota Department of Health suggested that King Nut  peanut butter might the source of the bacteria.  Strains of Salmonella Typhimurium were found in an open 5-pound container of King Nut brand…  Read More

Emergency Room Wait Times Increasing

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average patient will wait nearly an hour to see a doctor, up from 38 minutes ten years ago. The reason?  Fewer emergency departments and more visits to them.  Emergency room visits increased by almost 1/3 (32 percent) between 1996 and 2006 with 119 million visits in 2006.  At…  Read More