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Hawaii Receives 12 More Suspected Cases of Dengue

In Dengue Fever on May 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Twelve more possible cases of dengue fever have been reported by physicians to the Hawaii Department of Health since two confirmed and two unconfirmed cases were announced last week.

The confirmed cases were from two people who live in the same Pearl City neighborhood, and were the first known Hawaii cases of locally contracted dengue fever since a 2001 outbreak in which 153 people were infected with the mosquito-borne viral illness.

The Health Department is awaiting blood sample test results from the Centers for Disease Control on the two suspected cases from Pearl City, as well as the 12 new cases, a spokeswoman for the department said.

The two Pearl City cases involved adults who contracted it in February.

The Health Department issued an alert to Oahu physicians, advising them to consider the potential for dengue infection in patients with compatible symptoms, to request laboratory testing and to report all suspected cases.

Symptoms usually begin five to six days after a patient is bitten by an infected mosquito, but the onset can range from two to 15 days. Symptoms include a sudden fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eye, joint and muscle pain and rash — typically on hands, arms, legs and feet three to four days after the fever starts.


Ticked off: Suffering from Lyme disease

In Lyme Disease on April 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm
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The author of this article has suffered for a decade from Lyme disease

Lyme came up the first time in 1996. I visited a rheumatologist, who’d had the disease himself. After hearing my symptoms, he ordered a blood test to look for signs of the Lyme bacterium. “But I’ve never had a bull’s-eye rash,” I said. He explained that only 60 to 70 percent of sufferers develop the telltale redness around their tick bite, and he promised to call with the results.

The test was negative, so the doctor tried to ease my symptoms with treatments, including dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a hormone used experimentally to treat CFS. But my body aches worsened. After months of no improvement, I quit taking prescription pills—and seeing doctors—altogether. I lost faith in Western medicine. More

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