Infectious Diseases

Zika: What You Should Know

With reports of the Zika virus on the rise, many people—particularly pregnant women—are becoming concerned. Here are five key things you should know about Zika: 1. It spreads mainly through certain mosquitoes . Most people become infected with the virus after they are bitten by an infected Aedes mosquito. This type of mosquito does live in many areas of the U.S. People have also gotten Zika through sex, and pregnant women can pass it to their babies. 2. Not everyone with Zika has sym...

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9/28/2016 10:35:00 AM Comments(0)

Hepatitis C: Get the Facts

Hepatitis C is a virus that can damage the liver. Here's what you need to know about this infection, and how new treatments may hold a cure. Hepatitis C begins as an acute infection and causes inflammation in the liver. In some people, it may last just a few weeks before the body fights it off. However, in up to 85 percent of people with acute hepatitis, the illness becomes chronic.That means the virus remains in the body and can last a lifetime. Over time, and if left untreated, this may lead t...

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8/18/2016 4:58:00 PM Comments(0)