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November 24, 2023

Gastro vs. Food Poisoning: How To Tell the Difference

When people complain of gastrointestinal illness or the stomach flu, the illness is usually Norovirus. …

November 24, 2023

When To Consider Antibiotics for Listeria

Listeriosis is usually a self-limited illness—which means that most infected individuals will improve without the need for medical care. But for those patients with a high fever, a stool culture and antibiotic-treatment may be justified for otherwise healthy individuals. Although there have been no studies done to determine what drugs …

November 24, 2023

Common Myths and Misconceptions About E. coli

E. coli is often referred to as the best or most-studied free-living organism. More than 700 serotypes of E. coli have been identified. The “O” and “H” antigens on the bacteria and their flagella distinguish the different serotypes. It is important to remember that most kinds of E. coli bacteria …

November 24, 2023

A Brief Look at Supportive Therapy for Hepatitis A

Once a clinical infection is established, there is no specific treatment for hepatitis A. Affected individuals generally suffer from loss of appetite, so the main concern is ensuring a patient receives adequate nutrition and avoids permanent liver damage. An individual’s perception of the severity of fatigue or malaise is the …

November 04, 2023

TMP/SMX: What They Are and Why They're Important

Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), also known as co-trimoxazole, is a combination of two antimicrobial agents that act synergistically against a wide variety of bacteria. It is commonly used to treat urinary tract infections, middle ear infections, bronchitis, traveler’s diarrhea, and shigellosis (bacillary dysentery). TMP-SMX is also used to prevent or treat Pneumocystis …

November 04, 2023

How Macrolides Help You Fight Campylobacter Infections

According to the CDC, macrolides like azithromycin are the current drugs of choice when antibiotic treatment is indicated for Campylobacter infections. The resistance to macrolides in Campylobacter has remained stable. …

November 04, 2023

What To Do If You Think You've Contracted Botulism

Although botulism can be diagnosed based on clinical symptoms, distinguishing it from other diseases is often difficult, especially in the absence of other known persons affected by the condition. Common misdiagnoses include Guillain-Barré syndrome and myasthenia gravis, which also manifest flaccid paralysis. …

November 04, 2023

How Long Do the Effects of Norovirus Last?

Norovirus illness usually develops 24 to 48 hours after ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms typically last a relatively short amount of time, approximately 24 to 48 hours. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Headache and low-grade fever may also accompany this illness. People infected with …

August 15, 2023

Tips For Preventing Your Dog from Giving You Campylobacter

Summertime for many means more time spent outside with our family, friends, and often our four-legged companions. It is a wonderful time of year to exercise ourselves, and mankind’s best friend, but as dog owners we need to remember that caring for our pets often necessitates caring for ourselves. While …

August 01, 2023

Norovirus and kids – the perfect mix

It happens at least once a year—the dreaded norovirus wave at daycare. The first year I was cavalier, thinking, “We’ll be the lucky ones who dodge it.” We most certainly weren’t. And neither was any other family in our cohort, as far as I know. …

July 17, 2023

What are the Long-Term Health Effects of Salmonella Infection?

Another dangerous complication is bacteremia, which affects approximately 5% of infected individuals. If the Salmonella bacteria enters a person’s bloodstream (bacteremia), it can infect tissues throughout the body. The bacteria can cause a focal infection, where it becomes localized in a tissue and causes an abscess, arthritis, endocarditis, or other …

July 12, 2023

How To Detect Botulism in Canned Foods at Home

Follow proper canning instructions. Inspect the canning container for any leaks, bulges, cracks, or damages. If they are present, do not consume the product. If the container spurts liquid or foam when opened do not consume the product. Discard the food if it has a spoiled smell, color, or texture …

July 12, 2023

Why E. coli Outbreaks happen not just in Beef

Although foods of bovine origin are the most common cause of both outbreaks and sporadic cases of E. coli O157:H7 infections, outbreaks of illnesses have been linked to a wide variety of food items. For example, produce has been the source of substantial numbers of outbreak-related E. coli O157:H7 infections …

July 12, 2023

The Health Effects of Cyclospora Exposure

Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes watery diarrhea, bloating, increased gas, stomach cramps, and loss of appetite, nausea, low-grade fever, and fatigue. In some cases, vomiting, explosive diarrhea, muscle aches, and substantial weight loss can occur. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any …

May 29, 2023

An In-Depth Look at the Norovirus Outbreaks on Cruise Ships

In 2006, there was a large increase in the number of norovirus cases on cruise ships. Norovirus cases were increasing throughout Europe and the Pacific at the same time. One issue with cruise ships is the close contact between people as living quarters are so close, and despite education efforts …

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