Bacterial & Viral Infections

Listeria Infections

What Are Listeria Infections? Listeria is a bacteria (type of germ). Listeria (liss-TEER-ee-uh) infections cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and joint pain. Usually, these problems get better in a few days. But an infection can cause more serious problems during a pregnancy, and in newborns, adults over 65 years old, and anyone with a weak immune system (such as people getting chemotherapy). How Do People Get Listeria Infections? Listeria infection …

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Is it Safe to Breastfeed if I Have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Can I Breastfeed My Baby if I Have COVID-19? Coronavirus does not seem to spread to babies through breast milk. It’s safe to breastfeed if you have COVID-19. But a mom with COVID-19 could spread the virus to their infant through tiny droplets that spread when they talk, cough, or sneeze. Talk to your doctor to help …

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What Is Inflammation? Inflammation is one way the body reacts to infection, injury, or other medical conditions. What Are the Different Kinds of Inflammation? Inflammation (in-fluh-MAY-shin) can be acute or chronic: Acute inflammation lasts a few days and helps the body heal after an infection or injury. Chronic inflammation happens if the illness or infection doesn’t go …

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Infections That Pets Can Spread

Caring for pets can be great for kids, teaching them responsibility, gentleness, and respect for other living beings. Just like people, though, pets can spread infections. Here’s how to protect your family. How Do Pets Spread Infections? Also like us, animals carry germs. But illnesses common among house pets — such as distemper, canine parvovirus, …

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Hib Disease (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b)

What Is Hib Disease? Hib is short for Haemophilus influenzae type b, a type of bacteria. It can cause serious illnesses, some of which can be life-threatening. Hib infections in the U.S. are rare thanks to the Hib vaccine. In developing nations where the vaccine is less used, though, Hib disease is still a major health concern. What Are …

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