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According to CBS News, while most people think of leprosy as an ancient disease that was left behind in biblical times, three people in the past five months have been diagnosed with the rare condition in Volusia County, Florida. Leprosy is caused by the bacteria mycobacterium leprae, and can be transmitted...
A study published in Neurology has linked the varicella zoster virus to a potentially deadly condition afflicting seniors called giant cell arteritis, CBS News reports. Researchers analyzed artery biopsies from a number of dead people and found signs of chickenpox in 74 percent of those who also had giant...
According to CBS News, the recent measles outbreak has sparked a new discussion about vaccine requirements and exemptions for students, but little attention has been given to the teachers and school staff members. Some states have lists of recommended vaccines for school staff members, but very few have laws...