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Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.
 
The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.
 

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La Crosse encephalitis virus (LACV) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most cases of LACV disease occur in the upper Midwestern and mid-Atlantic and southeastern states. Many people infected with LACV have no apparent symptoms. Among people who become ill, initial symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. Some of those who become ill develop severe neuroinvasive disease (disease that affects the nervous system). Severe LACV disease often involves encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) and can include seizures, coma, and paralysis. Severe disease occurs most often in children under the age of 16. In rare cases, long-term disability or death can result from La Crosse encephalitis. There is no specific treatment for LACV infection-- care is based on symptoms. If you or a family member have symptoms of severe LACV disease or any symptoms causing you concern, consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis.

The best way to reduce your risk of infection with LACV or other mosquito-borne viruses is to prevent mosquito bites. Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks or even stay indoors while mosquitoes are most active. The mosquitoes that spread LACV are most active during the daytime.

 

Virus

La Crosse virus (LACV) is a California (CAL) serogroup virus, in the genus Bunyavirus, family Bunyaviridae.  Members of the familyBunyaviridae have three segments of single-stranded RNA; the virus particles are spherical or oval, enveloped, and are 90-100 nm in diameter.

Other CAL serogroup viruses found in the United States include California encephalitis virus, Jamestown Canyon virus, Snowshoe hare virus, and Trivitattus virus. Because almost all recognized CAL serogroup virus disease cases are caused by LACV, and other CAL serogroup viruses rarely cause recognized human illness, the information on this website emphasizes LACV.

 

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Plague is a disease that affects humans and other mammals. It is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Plague is infamous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. Today, modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague. Without prompt treatment, the disease can cause serious illness or death. Presently, human plague infections continue to occur in the western United States, but significantly more cases occur in parts of Africa and Asia. Each year, 1,000–2,500 people get plague across the world.

Plague is a Level 4 Bio-Hazard as defined here: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four bio-lab. will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.

 

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If you cut yourself during food preparation, infection is your worst enemy, because uncooked food is covered in bacteria.

 

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One of the most common causes of choking is talking while eating. If you feel as if food may be caught in your throat, never leave the room, stay where others can see you and help if your airway becomes blocked. Do not panic!

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In order to help prevent pediatric deaths USA Emergency Broadcasting Network would like to give some common sense ideas to try and help parents identify and prevent the common cold / flu in children.

 

Last year over 100 children died from the flu and currently we are approaching 30. So please spread this information to all you know and let's do our parts to decrease this number.