First two deaths reported in Los Angeles County

Two elderly men, with no other identification information released other than they were both from San Fernando Valley, died due to West Nile-associated encephalitis after being hospitalized. Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain and is caused by various reasons such as head injuries, bacterial or viral infection. It shows mild flu-like symptoms but in some cases may be life-threatening. WNE, West Nile encephalitis is caused by WNV.

It was the first two death reports this year by the West Nile Virus, after 68 documented infections in the county; 108 across the state. The infection report reached 300 last year in the Los Angeles County, highest number in decades, leaving 24 dead.

There is no specific treatment for WNV, and very difficult to diagnose because the infection begins with only mild flu-like symptoms, but approximately 80% of the infectee never become sick.

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Map of the Day:Dentist Rate Per 100,000 in 2014

When was the last time that you went to the dentist? 6 months? 1 year? 10 years? For those states with low dentist rates that detail the percentage of total professional active dentists, it might be hard to go to the dentist if there are few in the area. Check out the map below to see which states have the highest and lowest dentist rates in 2014.

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Data Source: AHRF (HRSA/BHPr)

Map of the Day:Percentage of Change in Reported Cases of Acute Hepatitis B & C (2010-2014)

Today’s map of the day is on Acute Hepatitis B and C. The two maps below visually represent the percentage of change in reported cases of Acute Hepatitis B and C between 2010 and 2014. The light and dark blue states have had either a decrease or no change in the number of reported cases, while those in every other color have had an increase in reported cases.

What color is your state?

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Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Singapore confirms 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus

Singapore confirmed 41 cases of Zika virus mostly among foreign construction workers in the southeastern area. All but seven of the infected were fully recovered and the seven still remain in the hospital. None of the workers traveled across any active zones of Zika virus, so it is self-evident that the 41 cases were locally transmitted. The construction site where majority of the infected people were first found discontinued work and evacuated the worker dormitory for inspection. Zika virus could be critical to pregnant women causing microcephaly, babies being born with small heads leading to development issues.

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