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Midwinter short takes on some current health topics

Living with the bugs

This HND piece examines two common pathogenic agents: Flu viruses and E. Coli.  Both subjects are timely, given that this current flu season is shaping up to be a bad one, and that there was a recent outbreak of E. Coli, supposedly spread by leafy vegetables.

As it happens, one accurate way to determine if you really have the flu is the presence of a cough and fever.  Also, there is no such thing as "stomach flu." Those intestinal upsets are caused by a non-influenza virus.

Regarding E. coli, we go into its history, and then discuss the nasty O157:H7 strain, that is flat-out deadly.

Read the complete article.


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