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Stephen Colbert Warns That The CDC Has Been Taken Over By Zombies!

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America's obsession with zombies has become so powerful that it's not just Hollywood dramatizing an apocalypse at the hands of the undead — news outlets and the CDC are too!

Thanks in part to the zombie lure's growing popularity in our culture, the CDC released a "tongue in cheek campaign" last year for surviving a possible zombie uprising. In response to the current media coverage of the recent canibalistic attack in Miami, the CDC has clarified:

"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)."

Stephen Colbert is questioning the government agencies flip-flopping stance on the existence of the walking dead and has a developed new theory: The CDC has been taken over by zombies!

LOL! As always, Colbert delivers HIGHlariously entertaining commentary on pop culture. Check out his statement on the impending zombie apocalypse (above)!

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Hepatitis C Is Killing More Americans Than HIV!

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While HIV-related deaths have decreased significantly thanks to increased awareness and safe sex education, another disease is silently taking 15,000 American lives a year. Hepatitis C is now killing more people than HIV, but the problem is that victims of this disease rarely see it coming.

Three quarters of the people who died from Hepatitis C in 2007 were between the ages of 45 and 64. An infection can go unnoticed for years and can cause serious damage before patients decided to seek treatment, as the CDC explained:

“Hepatitis C virus infection is often asymptomatic or causes nonspecific symptoms (depression, arthralgia and fatigue) for decades."

That means there is another problem too. People who are infected, but don't know they are infected, could unknowingly be spreading it to others through exposure to blood or sexual contact.

The CDC estimates that those born between 1945 and 1964 are at the highest risk for infection. Unless more baby boomers who may have become infected in their younger days get checked out, experts fear "deaths from HCV are forecasted to increase to 35,000 annually by 2030.”

Scary! Remember, it's never a bad idea to get yourself screened for any and all diseases!

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Beat Bronchitis With Proper Nutrition

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Bronchitis bites, but your diet can help!

Nutritional therapy practitioner and FitPerez correspondent Margaux Jean has some tips to eat right while experiencing this painful inflammation of the lungs:

Have you ever had bronchitis? I know many people who are dealing with this right now! Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that is usually characterized by a deep cough in the chest and congestion in the upper region of the body. It’s typically caused by bacteria, a virus, or exposure to chemicals or smoke. If you have bronchitis, make sure that you are eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C and beta carotene.

Such foods could include kale, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, kiwifruit, and Swiss chard. Garlic is has antibiotic properties on the lungs, so find ways to include it into your diet. Legumes, chia seeds from The Chia Co, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients that will help your body get well. Some healing herbs for bronchitis include cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, and thyme. Be sure to avoid dairy products, sugar, alcohol, and refined flour products. Get well soon!

For more nutrition tips, visit Margaux's website Authentic Self Wellness or follow her on Twitter @MargauxRathbun.

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(Caterpillar) Zombies Have Risen!

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A new study unveiled the discovery of a virus that takes contorl of caterpillar's brains.

Once the virus has control it makes them climb to the treetops, then liquifies their bodies.

Their liquid body then pours down onto the ground, infecting all the lower leaves with the virus, ensuring the spread of the virus.

A researcher said that:

"[The virus] ends up using just about all of the caterpillar to make more virus, and there are other genes in the virus that then make the caterpillar melt. So it becomes a pool of millions of virus particles that end up dropping onto the foliage below where it can infect other moths that eat those leaves."

“Zombification” has been seen in insects before but usually because of a fungus, not a virus.

And we all know what viruses can do.

Mutate then spread to humans!

Srsly though, don’t worry, the virus only infects invertebrates…

…for now.

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Vaccine Resistant Bird Flu Spreading In Asia

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Oh no! The bird flu is back and possibly deadlier than ever!

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, a mutant strain of H5N1 that is resistant to existing vaccines is spreading in China and Vietnam.

While the virus seemed to be contained after shrinking from 4000 outbreaks in bird populations at its peak to 302, nearly 800 cases were reported in 2010-2011.

8 people have died from the mutated strain of the bird flu in Cambodia alone and officials are reporting that "wild birds may introduce the virus, but people's actions in poultry production and marketing spread it."

So scary! And just in time for the terrifying new film Contagion, which may be hitting a little too close to home for the Asian film market.

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NYC's First Case Of West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes

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NYC's First Case Of West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes

First Jersey Shore now West Nile??

The city's first case of the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Eltingville, according to the NYC Health Department.

So far, no human cases have been found this season in the five boroughs.

The Health Department said it has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control efforts in the area where the mosquitoes were found.

West Nile virus has returned to New York City, but simple precautions can help protect you and your family,”

the Health Commissioner warned.

Oh Staten Island, what nastiness will you breed next?

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Stressed Show Horses May Spread Herpes

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stressed Show Horses May Spread Herpes

Be careful Camilla!

According to animal health experts equine herpes (a highly contagious infection among horses that can be fatal) may spread when stressed out show horses come together for competitions.

That appears to have helped fuel the current equine herpes outbreak, which has killed at least 12 horses and sickened 72 others in 10 states so far. These states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Philip Johnson, a professor of equine internal medicine at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine stated:

"Most adult horses are infected with the virus."

GROSS! The prof went on to say:

"Like most herpes viruses — human and animal — infection leads to a life-long association between the virus and the host. In most healthy horses most of the time, the host's immune system prevents the virus from going active and being especially contagious."

Still gross.

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