Ever heard of Chagas?

Probably not, until recently it was considered rare in the United States. From the Mayo Clinic:  Chagas (CHAH-gus) disease is an inflammatory, infectious disease caused by a parasite found in the feces of the triatomine (reduviid) bug. Chagas disease is common in South America, Central America and Mexico, the primary home of the triatomine bug. […]

Posted at 2pm on 11/10/14 | no comments; | Filed Under: healthcare, ramblings | read on

The lying will continue until confidence improves.

I’m tired of writing about ebola.  But, like Silvio, “just when I thought I was out they pulled me back in.” It can only be contracted by coming in contact with bodily fluids.  Um, not so fast.  According to USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook on page 117: In several instances, secondary infections among contacts […]

Posted at 9am on 10/17/14 | no comments; | Filed Under: doublespeak, healthcare, ramblings | read on


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