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What Parents Need to Know About the Brain-Eating Amoeba That Killed a Girl After Swimming in a River

A 10-year-old girl from Fort Worth, Texas died after contracting Naegleria fowleri amoeba, a single-celled organism also known as a "brain-eating" amoeba, while swimming, her family has confirmed. Lily Mae Avant "has gone to be with Jesus," her aunt, Loni Yadon, said in a statement shared on Facebook this morning. ...

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Has Reportedly Killed 1 Woman—Here's What to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease

A Massachusetts woman has been identified as having eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)—the fourth confirmed case of the rare but dangerous infection in the state this year.  ...

FYI: Zika Virus Symptoms are Actually Extremely Similar to the Flu

Back in 2016, the Zika virus had everyone's attention. In February of that year, the World Health Organization (WHO), declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency after an outbreak that began in Brazil moved to more than 20 countries in South America, according to the...

5 Old-Time Diseases That Are Making a Comeback

Measles, tuberculosis, bubonic plague?! If headlines about old-time diseases on the comeback have you worried, you're not alone. Here's what you need to know to stay safe (and sane) amid recent outbreaks. ...

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Worry (Too Much) About Ebola in the U.S.

  Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed...

What You Need to Know About the New Mumps Outbreak

  Pro hockey players' health woes usually involve concussions or...

There's a Polio-Like 'Mystery Illness' on the Rise—Here's What You Need to Know

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an unusually large number of reports of polio-like illnesses in people—mostly children—across the United States in recent months. In 2018, 228 cases of the rare disease, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), were confirmed in 41 states, with an additional 150 reports under investigation....


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