Infection

Why Are Baby Boomers Prone To Hep C?

The baby boomers generation is made up of people born between the years 1945 and 1965. According to research studies, this generation group is five times more likely to develop hep C than other people. Actually, among the population diagnosed with hep C, their group makes up as much as three-quarters. For this reason you will often hear the CDC recommending routine testing for hepatitis C for baby boomers. The causes why baby boomers are prone to hep C are multiple and various. There are social, historical and cultural stigmas attached to both the disease and the age group. Still researchers can’t pin down a single reason why the baby boomers generation is at a higher risk for hepatitis C. The possible reasons range from treatment options, drug use and blood transfusions. Unsafe medi...

Where is Malaria Most Common?

Recently more readers are asking where is malaria most common. Malaria is a tropical disease that normally spread by infected female anopheles mosquitoes. It leads to fatal results if not treated. Knowing where malaria is most common is important since it allows you to take the necessary preventive measures when travelling to a malaria prone zone. CDC has a list of all places there malaria transmission occurs in the entire world. They also have a database of the best prevention drugs to take for each place. There’s a wide range of antimalarial drugs available and you can find them in any health center or pharmacy. Ensure that you consult a health provider who will be able to administer the best drug for you. This is usually based on drug allergies, medical history, pregnancy status a...

Is Dengue fever contagious? Yes and No

Dengue fever has become a major health concern today. Every year anywhere from 50 to 390 million people are infected with the disease. The number of dengue cases has risen dramatically since the 1960s. Today, dengue is a global health concern and is endemic to more than 110 countries. There is no commercially available vaccine for dengue and prevention is the only option. Preventive measures are reducing mosquito populations and limiting exposure to mosquito bites. Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus. There are five serotypes of the virus. Scientists refer to the first four serotypes as DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 and DENV-4. The virus is transmitted by aedes mosquitoes. The principal vector is the A. aegypti mosquito. Mosquitoes which spread dengue generally bite during the day, particu...


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