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    Posted: November 08 2011 at 9:54pm
Welcome South Atlantic includes states of: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida

If you live in these states please post what illness is going around in any of these states.

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Looks like the flu is starting to pop up here in South Carolina (upstate region/Western Carolina). It appears to be hitting the elderly hard. I can't confirm it but two cases were supposedly tough for two elderly people ( a married couple ) who had been vaccinated with this years flu vaccine but still contracted it. The husband allegedly collapsed while in line at the local pharmacy and was hospitalized but is now in stable condition. The wife was so sick she was bedridden and couldn't visit her husband in the hospital and had to be cared for by her daughter. She also is now doing well.

The schools here are fine. Nothing spreading around at the moment. Other than this and the stomach bug that was rampant a month or so ago...things have been quiet.

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Tickborne  illness. Seeing an increase in Lyme and STARI.
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I have heard of Lyme it is everywhere but STARI I need to look up.

We are lucky in the west the ticks die off in the winter you all have them most of the year.

Thank you for the report.
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Looks like strep is taking a toll on a lot of the kids and teachers in the schools around here.  Seems that the antibiotics are taking longer to help for some than they did previously.
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James Madison latest Va. school to report mumps


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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:01 am, Tue Apr 9, 2013.

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HARRISONBURG Mumps has been reported at another higher-education institution in Virginia.

James Madison University said one student was treated for the contagious viral infection. A posting on the school’s website advises students to take precautions and to stay home if they are ill to avoid spreading the virus.


The University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University issued similar advisories last month after several cases of mumps were confirmed on their campuses.

Mumps is spread through droplets of fluid, usually when someone coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include headache, fever, and swollen or tender salivary glands.

The virus thrives on college and university campuses, where a large number of people live in close quarters and share drinks, lip balm or other items, said Dr. Doug Larsen, director of the Central Shenandoah Health District.

Statewide, there have been 66 mumps cases either confirmed or suspected since the beginning of March, the Virginia Department of Health reported.

“We always have a few throughout each season, and that’s pretty common,” Larsen said. “To say (why) we’re having more this time, it’s just a lot of conjecture. Still, the numbers are low compared to previous years.”

He said the recent cases could indicate that vaccines people received when they were younger are becoming less effective.

“What this tells us is that there may be a waning of immunity,” he said.

He said the vaccine can still reduce the severity of the virus and, in most cases, prevent illness.

“We still say vaccines are the best way of preventing infections,” he said. “If you think of the millions and millions of people (who were vaccinated), to see only this small number means it has worked pretty well.”

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Just saw this post about Mumps. Not good because it can render men sterile. Is there a booster for adults?
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Second VCU student tests positive for tuberculosis

Posted on: 11:23 pm, October 1, 2013, by http://wtvr.com/author/alixbryanwtvr/ - Alix Bryan and http://wtvr.com/author/chelseararrickcbs6/ - Chelsea Rarrick, updated on: 12:20am, October 3, 2013



RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A second case of tuberculosis has been confirmed at Virginia Commonwealth University, university officials stated Tuesday night.

“Just the idea of it is frightening,” said Christopher Lynn, a VCU student.

Beverly J. Warren, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at VCU, said in an email Tuesday night to faculty, staff and students that the second case was picked up in routine screening.

Just last week the university http://wtvr.com/2013/09/24/vcu-tuberculosis/ - issued a warning to students that they may have been exposed to tuberculosis. However, Warren said in an email that “state health officials have determined the two recent cases are not related.”

“The time between transmission of the disease to onset of the disease is a very long time, so there’s o way because that’s month to years. There’s no way that case a transmitted it to case b,” said Dr. Donald Stern, Richmond City Public Health Director.

Stern also said the number of TB cases has been on the downward trend in Richmond.

“Six years ago we had 20 to 25 cases in Richmond per year. No, we’re about seven to 10 cases per year,” said Dr. Stern.

Warren also wrote that the “Virginia Department of Health considers the risk to the general VCU community to be insignificant based on analysis of student/staff schedules and possible common locations on campus.”

VCU is notifying students and faculty in the affected classes and will ensure that anybody who might have been exposed is offered screening.

According to state health officials, tuberculosis can be passed from person to person when when the infected person coughs or sneezes. People nearby breathing in the bacteria can become infected.

People with compromised immune systems, especially those with HIV infection, are more likely to develop the disease if exposed.

Read more about tuberculosis, http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/basics/default.htm - formerly the leading cause of death in America, here.

Health officials also note that there are two types conditions, latent TB infection and TB disease. Individuals who carry the disease without showing sign of infection have latent TB infection. The school has not stated which condition the students had.

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