An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2017 case is the first case of pediatric tetanus in Oregon in more than 30 years and alarmed infectious disease experts who said tetanus is almost unheard of in the U.S. since widespread immunization began in the 1940s. The child received an emergency dose of the tetanus vaccine in the hospital, but his parents declined to give him a second dose — or any other childhood shots — after he recovered, the paper said. "When I read that, my jaw dropped. I could not believe it. That's a tragedy and a misunderstanding, and I'm just flabbergasted," said Dr. William Schaffner, an expert in infectious diseases and chair at the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in … [Read more...] about Unvaccinated Oregon Boy Almost Dies of Tetanus: CDC
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By Wei-Huan Chen Updated 4:59 pm CST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Quang (James Seol, front) and friend Nhan (Stephen Hu, back) in American Conservatory Theater's "Vietgone." Quang (James Seol, front) and friend Nhan (Stephen Hu, back) in American Conservatory Theater's "Vietgone." Photo: Kevin Berne, American Conservatory Theater Photo: Kevin Berne, American Conservatory Theater Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Quang (James Seol, front) and friend Nhan (Stephen Hu, back) in American Conservatory Theater's "Vietgone." Quang (James Seol, front) and friend Nhan (Stephen Hu, back) in American Conservatory Theater's "Vietgone." Photo: Kevin Berne, American Conservatory Theater Alley Theatre to produce … [Read more...] about Alley Theatre to produce ‘Vietgone,’ celebrated play about Asian-American experience
By Jon Wilner | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 7, 2019 at 10:21 pm | UPDATED: January 8, 2019 at 10:50 pm The 2018 season ended emphatically on two levels. Clemson dominated Alabama, and Clemson and Alabama dominated the field — the best teams in the land, by far. Will that change in 2019? Is anyone capable of preventing the Tigers and Crimson Tide from meeting for the title a year from now and ending their four-year (combined) hold on the national championship? Both teams are loaded with underclassmen at key spots, from the quarterbacks (Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa) to the tailbacks (Travis Etienne and Najee Harris) to the never-ending talent on the lines of scrimmage. Before we get to the Hotline’s ridiculously-early top 25 for next season, a few themes to ponder through the offseason: * Which transfer quarterback will have the greatest impact on his team and his conference. Washington, Missouri, Northwestern, USF, Ohio … [Read more...] about The Hotline’s ridiculously-early top 25 for the 2019 season: Can anyone challenge Clemson and Alabama?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is playing Scrooge again this holiday season and warning us against indulging in one of baking-from-scratch’s most popular perks: eating raw cookie dough. That’s right. When making cookies (or cakes or even bread) this holiday season, you need to resist the temptation to eat the batter on the mixing bowl or spoon. Not heeding that warning might just make you sick, say CDC officials. The risk comes from two sources. The first — and main — risk is the raw eggs, which can contain salmonella bacteria. There’s no way of visually inspecting an egg to know whether it contains the pathogen, officials point out, and because salmonella is sometimes found inside infected eggs, washing them won’t protect you. You have to thoroughly cook the egg to kill the bacteria. The second, much smaller source of risk from uncooked dough is the flour, which can contain illness-producing bacteria, including Escherichia coli … [Read more...] about CDC: ‘Say no to raw dough!’ this holiday season
Could the toxin known as domoic acid wreak havoc with the upcoming commercial Dungeness crab season? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday announced a delay in the opening of the recreational Dungeness crab fishery for one portion of Northern California — from Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County, north to the California/Oregon state line. Testing of crabs pulled from the ocean in this area found unhealthy levels of domoic acid — the dreaded toxin that destroyed the 2015-16 season. That ban does not affect the rest of the coast, however. State officials said the recreational fishery for the remaining areas will open Saturday, Nov. 3. And they’ll keep testing crabs from the far northern coast to determine when recreational fishers may head back out. The recreational season precedes the commercial crab season. That traditionally starts Nov. 15, and state officials will test Dungeness from now until the scheduled opening day, as well as throughout … [Read more...] about Dungeness crab: Toxin delays season in far Northern California