Infectious Disease

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Vaccine

Measles, and Skepticism of Vaccines, Are Back. What’s True (or False)?

Measles, essentially vanquished by immunization from the United States by 2000, has returned with outbreaks in 15 states and 97 other countries. In the latest sign that the disease is becoming a growing health hazard, New York City declared a public emergency as it called for mandatory vaccinations in four...


Dr. Jack Ross: Caring, Compassionate and Community-Minded

In 1981, The Centers for Disease Control announced that the first patient had been stricken with the AIDS virus. That same year, a young doctor-in-training named Jack Ross treated his first patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus known as HIV, which causes AIDS. At the time, the emergence of...

Measles' Return

Should Connecticut Fear a Measles Outbreak?

Here’s a certainty about measles. Anyone who receives the proper dose of measles vaccine will never get the infectious viral disease, even if exposed to it. Some baby boomers will recall the days before the vaccine was introduced in 1963, when there were 4 million cases, 48,000 hospitalizations and 500...


World Aids Day Dec 1, 2018: Know Your Status

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2017, with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected in 2017 globally. However, nearly 40 years into the pandemic – and 30 years since first observing Dec. 1 as World AIDS...

Avoiding the flu this winter.

One Way to Avoid the Flu: The Secret’s in Your Food

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s impossible to predict what the 2018-19 flu season will be like because new flu viruses appear every year and vaccines are updated annually. While the best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccine, there are other ways...

Flu Season

Here’s What’s in Your Flu Vaccine: Will It Work This Season?

Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were sunning ourselves at Hammonasset Beach? Maybe it only feels that way, but now it’s officially fall and we only care about one thing — the coming flu season. Predicting the severity of a flu season isn’t like predicting which team will win more football...

Rabies

When Rabies Can Kill: Watch for These Signals

When most people think of rabies, they think of the awful disease that turned a loving family dog like Old Yeller into a vicious animal like Cujo. But outside of Hollywood, how much do you actually know about rabies and how this disease has affected residents in their own backyard?...