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West Nile OUTBREAK Cases Still Growing!

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Don't go into full panic mode just yet!

The number of people infected with West Nile virus is still growing each year but this year's outbreak is slowing down!

The CDC has reported that 4,891 people have gotten the virus so far.

This years death toll is 223!

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Over 1,000 West Nile Virus Cases In U.S.!!!

Filed under: HealthScary!

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The CDC has recently released information that there's been an alarming increase in the number of West Nile virus cases this year!

There have been over 1,100 reported cases of the virus, with half of them coming from Texas.

We actually kinda forgot about the West Nile virus since it's out of the news.

It's a good reminder that we should really be taking precautions to help keep us safe from mosquitos, like wearing long clothes at night or using a bug repellant.

West Nile usually causes infection, can cause the West Nile Fever, and, rarely, can cause swelling of the brain!

So it's still a serious virus, that is very prevalent and can cause some real problems.

Stay away from 'squitos!

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Kristen Stewart's Affair Leads To Virus Scare!

Filed under: Tech TalkKristen Stewart

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Always use protection …when it comes to your computer!

Cuz thanks to trending topics like Kristen Stewart's affair, it's easier for spammers and malware creators to prey on unsuspecting pop culture enthusiasts!

According to Barracuda's Daniel Peck, 20-25% of online KStew content is host to malicious material.

Michael Gregg, COO of Superior Solutions, says:

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Maine Communities Prepare For Zombie Apocalypse With Training Session!

Filed under: Wacky, Tacky & True

Recent events that have transpired in Florida have people scared. Very scared.

After invading pop culture, zombies are slowly, but surely invading the nightmares of people across the country. In fact, some folks in Eastern Maine are already preparing for the possibility of an actual zombie apocalypse.

A group of first responders and emergency agencies from eight communities in the area met earlier this week to simulate a mock zombie virus outbreak.

The light-hearted pandemic preparedness

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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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