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The surprise find of smallpox DNA in a child mummy from the 17th century could help scientists start to trace the mysterious history of this notorious virus. Smallpox currently only exists in secure freezers, after a global vaccination campaign eradicated the virus in the late 1970s. But much about this killer remains unknown, including its origins. Now scientists have the oldest complete set of smallpox genes, after they went hunting for viral DNA in a sample of skin from a mummified young...

If you're tracking emerging infectious agents in the United States, it's time to add a new one to the list. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 13 cases of a fungal infection first seen in Japan in 2009. The culprit is called Candida auris . The fungus has appeared among hospitalized patients with cancer-damaged immune systems or other serious conditions. Four patients died of the seven the CDC examined in detail. Because they were all quite ill to begin with, it's...

Health Officials: 3 In Florida Have Zika Virus

Jan 20, 2016

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed three cases of Zika virus in Florida, including two in Miami-Dade County.

Armadillos May Be Behind Increase In Florida Leprosy Cases

Jul 22, 2015
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A high number of leprosy cases have been appearing in Florida. The possible culprit: armadillos. This year, nine cases have been reported in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health. The state usually gets about two to 12 cases a year. In light of the spike in reported leprosy cases, wildlife officials recommend people wear gloves when handling any animals. Armadillos are the only mammals -- other than humans -- that can carry leprosy, says Ron Magill, spokesman for Zoo Miami....

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10/21/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the world’s biggest public health crisis. No – not more information about the Ebola virus. We talk human waste disposal. Four in ten people in the world lack what you and I take for granted: a toilet. That’s nearly three-billion people who use crude latrines or open ground. Human waste contributes to one-in-ten of the world’s communicable diseases. We speak with journalist Rose George about her book, ...

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For some families caring for family members with Alzheimer's disease, a cafe can be a place of refuge. The Memory Café is a place for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. They meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach. It’s run by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Martin County. In a meeting room, about 15 adults sit in a circle wearing red, white, or blue children’s star-shaped sunglasses and they toss a brightly colored...

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10/21/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at Multiple Myeloma , a rare blood disease of malignant cells found in bone marrow. We’ll visit with Dr. James Berenson, the Director and Founder of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research. Berenson’s Myeloma-related research can benefit all cancers where bone metastasis is a threat, particularly breast, lung and prostate cancers as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Learn more on Topical Currents Monday at 1pm. http:/...