The University of Minnesota is in the news this week after a student tested positive for measles – the first confirmed measles case for the school in 20 years. But it hasn’t been long since Minnesota experienced an outbreak.
Dr. Tom Cairns of Bloomington had Ebola before it even had a name. Cairns was working as a medical missionary in the 1970s and remembers doing an autopsy where he nicked his glove with his scalpel. Two weeks later, the illness took over his body.
A mother from Arizona has spent the last two years exposing what she calls a hidden health problem at indoor playgrounds. Now, she’s working with a lawmaker in Minnesota and hopes to get a similar law passed in St. Paul this session.
You might think that this freezing cold would make the influenza outbreak worse. But Kris Ehresmann, with the Minnesota Department of Health, says that’s not so.
It’s an early spring but a late flu season. In fact, the influenza season in Minnesota may have peaked only last week. The most recent weekly report indicated that 61 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases.
Officials with Memorial Blood Centers say they’re suffering a significant blood shortage due to winter sickness.
The Minnesota Department of Health is “99 percent sure” that a Norovirus outbreak is to blame for a number of students going home sick in Gaylord, Minn., according to the school’s principal.
The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there’s a big outbreak.
Our cold weather is keeping us inside more often this season, and for that reason, germs are spreading. In fact, doctors in the Twin Cities say they’re spreading rapidly.
It has the runny nose, the persistent cough and the watery eyes. The only common thing about the common cold is what a common pain in the — everything — it is. But with a billion instances of the cold in the U.S. every year, why haven’t scientists found a cure?