Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 161 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-June-2003
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Monkeypox infections in animals: interim guidance for veterinarians and pet owners
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working closely with state and local health department and other partners to investigate cases of monkeypox virus infections among humans who had direct or close contact with recently purchased ill prairie dogs, a Gambian rat, and a rabbit that was housed in a veterinary clinic with an ill prairie dog.  more

Interim infection control and exposure management guidance in the health-care and community setting for patients with possible monkeypox virus infection
CDC is issuing interim guidance concerning infection control precautions and exposure management in the health-care and community settings for patients with possible monkeypox virus infection. The guidance will be updated as additional information about the epidemiology of disease transmission is better understood. more


Historical article: Outbreak of human monkeypox, Democratic Republic of Congo, 1996 to 1997
Human monkeypox is a zoonotic smallpox-like disease caused by an orthopoxvirus of interhuman transmissibility too low to sustain spread in susceptible populations. In February 1997, 88 cases of febrile pustular rash were identified for the previous 12 months in 12 villages of the Katako-Kombe Health Zone, Democratic Republic of Congo  more

Bleed-detecting MRI may identify dangerous plaque
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that evaluates bleeding within plaque-clogged arteries may warn of an impending stroke or heart attack, according to two studies published in today’s rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association more

Vehicle traffic associated with increased carcinogen levels
Assessing a community's cancer risk could be as simple as counting the number of trucks and cars that pass through the neighborhood. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have identified a significant association between vehicle traffic and curbside concentrations of carcinogens benzene, 1,3-butadiene and particle-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).  more

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