A summary of important health news from the past week.
U.S. Declares Health Emergency in Puerto Rico Due to Zika Virus
Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Health declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico because of surging rates of Zika virus cases. In the preceding week, Puerto Rico reported 1,914 new cases, bringing the total to 10,690 since the first case last December. The declaration allows for more grant money, emergency funds, and personnel to be sent to the area.
Government of Nigeria reports 2 wild polio cases, first since July 2014
Two children in Nigeria have been diagnosed with wild polio strain last seen in Borneo in 2011. The children have become paralyzed from the infection. In 2012, more than half of new polio cases worldwide occurred in Nigeria, but since targeted efforts to eradicate the disease, the country was able to report no new cases in the past two years. Globally, there have only been 12 reported cases of wild polio this year.
Lead Levels Below EPA Limits Can Still Impact Your Health
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that the action level for lead in water is 15 parts per billion, however experts are saying that this does not indicate that anything under this amount is safe. This level was set by the the EPA in 1980 as the treatable amount of lead levels in public water supplies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that levels as low as 5 micrograms per deciliter are dangerous to children. Most experts note that no amount of lead is considered safe.
Where Trump And Clinton Stand On Health Care And Medicare
This article reviews where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on important health care issues, which has been noted as among the top four concerns for voters. Topics covered include The Affordable Care Act, Health Care Costs, Prescription Drug Costs, and Medicare.
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