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Vivienne Balonwu on January 31st, 2013

What Is Japanese Encephalitis? Japanese encephalitis is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, which transfer the virus from infected animals – usually pigs and wading birds – to humans. Areas such as rice fields, where mosquitoes thrive and there is a lot of pig farming, are especially risky. It was first recognised in Japan in […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on September 13th, 2012

What Is Meningitis? Meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, can be caused by infection with a bacterium or virus. There are two main types of meningitis: Viral meningitis – tends to appear in summer months and is generally much less severe. Most people recover fully. Initially, vague flu-like […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on September 4th, 2012

Swine Flu Causes Influenza is caused by a virus. There are many types of flu virus and these are constantly changing, making it hard for the immune system to deal with. The influenza virus that causes swine flu is known as H1N1 2009, which is a type of influenza A (there are also influenza B […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on August 29th, 2012

Causes Of Influenza (Flu) Flu is a viral infection. It’s passed on when people breathe in liquid droplets containing the influenza virus that have been sneezed or coughed into the air, or when people touch objects contaminated with the virus. The virus can cause infections all year round, but in the UK it’s most common in […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on September 9th, 2011

What is Fungal Nail Infection? This is an infection of the base of the nails, caused by various fungal infections. The medical term for this is onychomycosis, and the usual fungal infection involved is called the dermophytes. It is an extremely common problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the UK alone. It becomes […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on March 17th, 2011

By the start of the 20th Century, six major cholera “pandemics” had affected countries across the world. The world is now fighting the seventh, caused by a new strain of the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, El Tor. Epidemics involving this strain started in 1961 in Indonesia, spreading rapidly elsewhere in eastern Asia, and from there to […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on February 8th, 2011

What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is an infection with the hepatitis C virus. Although there is no vaccine to protect against infection, there is effective treatment available. Estimates suggest over 250,000 people in the UK have been infected with hepatitis C, but eight out of ten don’t know that they have it because they […]

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Vivienne Balonwu on February 6th, 2011

What is Group B streptococcus infection? GBS affects 1 in 2000 babies born every year in the UK and Ireland, meaning that about 340 babies a year will develop GBS infection within 7 days of birth(‘early onset GBS infection’). GBS is a bacterial infection. It is not a sexually transmitted disease. Although up to a […]

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