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From the cholera epidemic of 1831 to the plague in 1854, the incubation period and the long incubation periods, and the transferal time between malaria and dengue are key issues.
Then there’s the epidemic of haemorrhagic fever that’s infesting Angola and Sierra Leone.
For the last few weeks, we’ve have been hearing reports of illness caused by the African Strain of the SARS virus.
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In the meantime, we’re learning there’s something new out there. And, things are changing.
With that, we talk to Dr. Julie Gerberding, and Dr. Danny Harvey, medical director at the Institute for Viral Genomics and Prevention.
Virginia and Ohio have the worst travel warnings out there, not just for travel to Egypt, but also for travel to Australia. We are seeing more cases in Alaska and Hawaii as well.
What about New York and Boston?
New York City may have been expecting a small influenza outbreak and instead, they’re seeing hundreds of cases. It’s thanks to the hurricanes and the need for repairs in the city and other parts of the country.
Earlier this week, we asked Dr. Gerberding about House Bill 1123. It covers an exception for health care professionals to wear masks while they treat patients with communicable diseases. She is taking an aggressive stand, urging everyone to buy in today.
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They’re coming to the United States. Fears are skyrocketing.
The continuing threat of an enormous presence. Our friends in Egypt are telling us there’s a whole division of companies and people trying to move illegally from India into the Middle East. We’re starting to hear about a whole host of Aedes mosquitos that are coming to North America and they’re here.
The west coast is another area we’re hearing about. An unidentified bug that’s now causing problems. Right now, it seems to be affecting people in Southern California.
What you can do about it?
Well, don’t let it get past you. You can eliminate as much habitat and other areas that can harbor these virus or transmit them. This person has a large group of you now working together to report a virus.
Most of the large outbreaks that have happened in history are between harvests, three to nine months. The infected person is looking for some insects for food. So that’s why the incubation period has to be really long, because it takes a long time to get infected and really get going.