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Vidyya Medical News Service For 12-February-2001:

The following stories appear in full on Today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.

Since October 2000, Vidyya has reported on the Ebola outbreak in Uganda. The last known case of Ebola was confirmed on 09 January 2001. Since no new cases have been reported, we are offering this final summary for our readers and stopping our watch of the epidemic.

For more information: Final Summary Report: Ebola Outbreak In Uganda

A patient under care at Henderson Hospital in Hamilton continues to improve as Health Canada confirms that preliminary lab results are now ruling out the Ebola Virus. During Friday's media briefing, Dr. Mark Loeb, infectious disease specialist at Hamilton Health Science's Henderson Hospital, confirmed that the patient's condition continues to improve. "Our patient is showing improvements and for the caregivers in the hospital this is really good news," said Dr. Loeb.

For more information: Ebola Suspected In Canadian Patient - Virus Later Ruled Out As Infectious Agent

The term viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) refers to the illness associated with a number of geographically restricted viruses. This illness is characterized by fever and, in the most severe cases, shock and hemorrhage. Although a number of other febrile viral infections may produce hemorrhage, only the agents of Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fevers are known to have caused significant outbreaks of disease with person-to-person transmission. Get a review of these diseases in today's issue.

For more information: Review: Management Of Patients With Suspected Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

Teenagers remain at high risk for STD infection. By the twelfth grade, 65 percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse, and one in five has had four or more sexual partners. Teens account for a significant proportion of the 15 million STD infections in the United States each year. Forty percent of chlamydia cases are reported among young people age 15 to 19, females in that age group also have the highest rates of gonorrhea.

For more information: CDC: Most Teens Are Not Provided STD Or Pregnancy Prevention Counseling During Check-Ups

He conquered Britain, crushed a plot to overthrow his government, and endured a variety of physical ailments, but the Roman Emperor Claudius could not survive a plate of poisonous mushrooms dished out by a scheming, power-hungry wife. The murder of Claudius, who died in AD 54 at the age of 64, is the focus of this year's historical diagnosis conference sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System in Baltimore.

For more information: Historical Diagnosis: The Death Of Roman Emperor Claudius Deemed A Homicide

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