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West Nile virus fears on rise after Hurricane Sandy

With mosquito season approaching, some health officials are concerned about another possible consequence of Hurricane Sandy: an elevated risk of the West Nile virus. Although they said it is too early to tell how severe the threat will be, officials said they are…  …

Health officials urge vaccines as mumps cases on the rise in England

Sharp increase in confirmed cases raises concern among health officials over uptake of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine Health officials are reporting sharp rises in mumps as well as measles in England and Wales as efforts continue to persuade families of 10- to 18-year-olds to get their children vaccinated with the triple measles, mumps…

‘Dirty’ Oklahoma dentist put 7,000 patients at risk of HIV and Hepatitis

A dirty dentist placed 7,000 patients at risk of contracting HIV and other infectious diseases after failing to properly sterilize equipment at his Oklahoma practice, health officials warned Thursday. Officials do not yet know if any patients were infected but urged everyone who had ever been treated at the Tulsa…

Nine in Mexico dead from A(H1N1) swine flu

The death toll in Mexico from an outbreak of A(H1N1) swine flu has hit nine, with 573 cases detected, officials said Sunday. The strain represents some 90 percent of detected cases of influenza in the country, the health ministry said in a statement. The number of cases reported was up…

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