Monday, January 28, 2013
So far, the cases reported are typical of the winter season, officials say.
Norovirus has made its way to Montgomery County this year, though officials say the cases they’re seeing are fairly typical for this time in the season. The contagious bug is marked by inflammation in the stomach or intestines that can lead stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Each year, it causes about 21 million illnesses and contributes to about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths, the CDC reports. Norovirus has been in the news this season after a new strain of the bug was detected in Australia. The strain is now the leading cause of outbreaks in the US, according to the CDC, though it’s too early to tell whether it will cause more illnesses than in past years. The disease has been associated with …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Google Flu Trends "uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current flu activity around the world in near real-time," its website stated.
Flu cases appear to be rising still in Maryland, according to Google Flu Trends, which "uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current flu activity around the world in near real-time," the Google Flu Trends website stated. Google Flu Trends data indicates that the number of flu cases in Maryland started rising in mid-November. As of Jan. 11, the flu has reached the "intense" category in Maryland, whereas at this time last year, the number of flu cases was only in the "moderate" range. Earlier this week, Montgomery County hospitals reported an uptick in patients suffering from flu-like symptoms. At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, about 30 extra patients a day are visiting the emergency room, many of them complaining of flu-like …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Flu season hits early and hard in the United States, says CDC.
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- Ben Gross
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) FluView flu activity tracker, the influenza virus has “increased substantially” in the south central and Southeast regions of the country, and has come the earliest since the 2003-2004: While influenza vaccines have been around since 1945, the type that contains a live virus have only been used since 2003, and many people still wonder if they should get a flu vaccine shot. Today, there are two basic types of flu vaccines – traditional needle injection and a nasal spray. Who should get a flu shot? The CDC believes that all persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated on a yearly basis, but especially urges the shot for children under 5 …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Maryland reports 13 cases of the mosquito-borne virus so far in 2012.
One Maryland resident has died as a result of West Nile Virus, according to state health department officials. Dori Henry, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Thursday confirmed the death of one adult. The age, gender and county where the victim lived are not being released because of privacy reasons, Henry said. So far, Maryland has reported 13 cases of the virus this year. Nearly 1,600 cases have been reported in 48 states. About 70 percent of those cases come from Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan—45 percent along were in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those cases, 66 people have died as of Aug. 28. It is not clear if the Maryland …