Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Whooping Cough Outbreak

Officials in California have declared an epidemic of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. There have been 910 cases and 5 deaths (all infants under 3 months) so far this year. There is also an increase of pertussis in Ohio. You can read more about it here

The symptoms of pertussis usually occur in two stages. The first stage begins like a cold, with a runny nose, sneezing, and possibly a low-grade fever. The second stage of pertussis includes uncontrolled coughing spells. When a child breathes in, they give a whooping noise. The second stage can last for 6 – 10 weeks.

  • Infants under 6 months: Sometimes their symptoms are different.Small infants may stop breathing for a period of time. Also, they may not have a whoop. Infants that are not fully immunized have the most severe disease and many will require hospitalization.

  • Older children and adults: In adults, pertussis starts like a cold, with a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and cough. Then it turns into bronchitis, which is raspy, hoarse coughing. This can last for weeks. The coughing spells may be so bad that the person can’t sleep and may vomit.

Pertussis is one of the diseases that we vaccinate against. The vaccination series is started at 2 months, but infants are not fully protected until about 6 months of age. As adults our immunity to pertussis begins to wane, so it is a good idea to get a booster vaccine. You can get vaccinated at your doctor's office, or at the Health Department.

Monday, June 28, 2010


We (as in the state of Utah) are starting to see cases of cryptosporidium crop up. "Crypto" is that nasty bug that hides in swimming pools, is resistant to chlorine, and caused a massive diarrhea outbreak in 2007. So, does that mean you need to ditch your summer pass to the pool? Probably not. Find out how your local pool treats for crypto and what their policies are regarding swim diapers. UV is better than chlorine, and requiring swim diapers is probably a good thing. Use common sense with good hand washing.

If you do have symptoms of crypto, including diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, schedule an appointment and we can do a stool culture.

Hopefully we won't see the same kind of outbreak we did in 2007...but if we do, you'll be prepared.

Find out more info here

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Uh-Oh Spaghettio!

15 million pounds of Spaghettios are being recalled, due to a malfunction in a cooker that left meat undercooked. The recalled products have "ET 4K" and a use-by date between June 2010 and December 2011 on the bottom of the can. The varieties include SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars).

You can call 866-495-3774 for more information.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mc Donald's Shrek Drinking Glasses Recall

McDonald's is recalling the Shrek novelty drinking glasses that they recently have been selling. The paint used to design the glasses has low levels of cadmium, which could be harmful over long-term use. If you have any of these glasses, you can take them to McDonald's for a refund.

Read more here