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Infection

Infection
Brain-Eating Amoeba FAQ
Brain-eating amoebas have killed three young Americans this summer. What is this scary bug? How does it get to the brain? Where is it, and how can you avoid it? WebMD answers these and other questions.
Bacteria Are Hard to Avoid in Public Bathrooms
Public restrooms are often filled with infection-causing bacteria, a study shows.
Study: Kids Are Getting Too Many Antibiotics
Too many kids are still getting antibiotic prescriptions for colds, viral sore throats, and other illnesses that don't require or respond to antibiotics, a study suggests.
Rapid Blood Test Identifies Infection Type
A rapid blood test that distinguishes between viral and bacterial infection in less than two hours could prove to be a useful weapon in the battle against antibiotic resistance.
Germ-Infected Mosquitoes Can't Spread Dengue
Scientists released 300,000 mosquitoes they had infected with an insect germ that makes the bugs unable to spread dengue virus. The germ spread to nearly all mosquitoes in a remote region of Australia.
Antibiotic Overuse May Be Bad for Body's Good Bacteria
Antibiotic overuse doesn’t just lead to drug-resistant superbugs, it may also permanently wipe out the body’s good bacteria.
Bad Bugs Common on Hospital Workers’ Clothes
The white coats, scrubs, and smocks of hospital doctors and nurses often look clean, but bad bugs may be hitching rides on their clothes, new research shows.
Tick-Borne Disease May Be Linked to Transfusions
Babesiosis, a potentially life-threatening tick-borne disease, is an uncommon but serious complication of blood transfusions, according to a CDC report.
Illness Increasing From Contaminated Swimming Water
Eight people died and about 14,000 people in 38 states and Puerto Rico were sickened by bacteria and other bugs picked up during recreational swimming activities in a two-year period ending in December 2008, a new CDC report shows.
Nasty Bugs Lurking on Your Cell Phone
A new study has found 92% of cell phones in the U.K. have bacteria on them, including E. coli, because people aren't washing their hands after going to the bathroom.
Bacteria Flourish in Public Restrooms
A new study shows what many people have long suspected -- bacteria are plentiful in public restrooms.
CDC Warning: Deadly Listeria in Cantaloupe
CDC: Consumers across the U.S. should avoid cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford region of Colorado. The cantaloupe may carry deadly Listeria bacteria. There have been 15 hospitalizations and one death in four states so far.
Second Listeriosis Death From Contaminated Cantaloupes
Jensen Farms in Colorado appears to be the source of listeria-contaminated cantaloupe. The outbreak so far has killed two people and hospitalized 20 others in seven states.
Death Toll Rises From Listeria in Cantaloupes
Four people are confirmed dead and three more deaths are under investigation as the outbreak of Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes grows to 35 cases in 10 states.
8 Dead From Listeria-Contaminated Cantaloupes
CDC: The death toll has risen to 8 as the ongoing outbreak of listeria food poisoning from Colorado cantaloupes has sickened at least 55 people in 14 states.
Death Toll Rising From Contaminated Cantaloupes
The CDC says 72 people have been sickened and 13 have died as a result of eating cantaloupes tainted with Listeria bacteria, making it the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. in a decade.
Listeria: Are You at Risk?
WebMD offers in-depth information on Listeria monocytogenes, the deadly bacteria behind the ongoing outbreak of listeriosis from cantaloupe.
Ground Beef Recalled in 14 States
A potential E. coli 0157:H7 contamination has spurred the recall of over 130,000 pounds of ground beef products.
Listeria Prompts Romaine Lettuce Recall
True Leaf Farms of Salinas, Calif., has recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine lettuce due to suspected listeria contamination. It was shipped to retail or wholesale distributors in 21 states.
18 Deaths, 100 Cases in Listeria/Cantaloupe Outbreak
The toll from the ongoing outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe has reached 18 deaths among 100 cases in 30 states.
Listeria Outbreak Now 2nd Largest in U.S. History
The current listeria outbreak from cantaloupe is now the second largest in U.S. history.
2 More Deaths in Listeria/Cantaloupe Outbreak
Two more deaths have been reported in the ongoing outbreak of listeria food poisoning from Colorado cantaloupes.
Dirty Equipment Likely Led to Listeria Outbreak
Results of an investigation by state and federal health officials have shed light on how cantaloupes grown by a Colorado farm became contaminated with deadly listeria bacteria.
Listeria/Cantaloupe Death Toll Sets Record
With 29 adult deaths, the ongoing outbreak of listeria food poisoning from tainted cantaloupe is the deadliest listeria outbreak in U.S. history. There were 18 adult and 10 newborn deaths in the 1985 listeria outbreak -- although that year there were 20 miscarriages, compared to one so far this year.
Smucker's Chunky Peanut Butter Recalled
Smucker's is recalling its Natural Peanut Butter Chunky due to possible salmonella contamination. The product would have been sold only from Nov. 8 through Nov. 17. No illnesses have been reported.

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