Notes from the Field: Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis Outbreak Associated with Human Adenovirus Type 8 - U.S. Virgin Islands, June-November 2016.
Notes from the Field: Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis Outbreak Associated with Human Adenovirus Type 8 - U.S. Virgin Islands, June-November 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017 Aug 04;66(30):811-812 Authors: Killerby ME, Stuckey MJ, Guendel I, Sakthivel S, Lu X, Erdman DD, Schneider E, Fagan R, Davis MS, Watson JT, Gerber SI, Biggs HM, Ellis EM Abstract On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health (USVI DOH) was notified by a local ophthalmologist of an unexpected increase in the number of patients with suspected epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) during the preceding month. EKC is a severe form of acute conjunctivitis caused by human adenoviruses (HAdVs). Clinical illness typically lasts 1 to 3 weeks and is usually self-limited; treatment is supportive (1). HAdVs can survive for weeks in the environment and are resistant to common disinfectants (2,3). USVI DOH and CDC investigated during October 11-November 29, 2016 to determine the scope of the outbreak, and provide infection control recommendations. PMID: 28771460 [PubMed - in process]
Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement on Monday over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, striking a deal with two Ohio counties to avert the first federal trial over the crisis.
But the deal covers only those two counties, leaving other local and state governments to fight it out in court or hammer out similar deals.
ConclusionsThe present study demonstrated that the Inula helenium and Grindelia squarrosa, which have been traditionally used in Europe as medicinal plants, are a valuable source of active compounds with anti-inflammatory activity. Our observations justify the traditional use of I. helenium and G. squarrosa for a treatment inflammation-based diseases in respiratory tract.Graphical abstract
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A Massachusetts judge on Monday ruled that a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products the state adopted in response to an outbreak of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was likely unlawful, but he gave the state time to fix its defects.
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On Monday, two Ohio counties reached a last-minute settlement with four companies they accused of fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic. The counties were seeking billions of dollars to cover the cost of addiction treatment programs, healthcare and other services.
Officials say those who were diagnosed with the disease may have walked by the hot tub displays at the the NC Mountain State Fair
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