Guillain Barre

By | July 11th, 2011|General|

A couple of folks from the CDC have been in Arizona this week to help us (and Sonora) to investigate an unusual number of cases (8 in Arizona and 8 in Sonora) of Guillain Barre syndrome .  The Arizona cases are in the Yuma area.  It’s a rare condition that rarely (but occasionally) happens several days after [...]

Who is Bob Koch?

By | June 7th, 2011|General|

Robert Koch was a German physician that’s considered one of the primary founders of microbiology- setting the foundation for loads of public health interventions that have drastically improved our quality of life.  He was the first scientist to verify the Germ Theory of Disease (in 1876) by showing that anthrax is caused by a bacteria [...]

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Clostridium difficile

By | April 28th, 2010|Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has discovered a pretty significant outbreak of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile this week.  This organism can cause severe diarrheal illness, and is commonly associated with antibiotic use and healthcare facilities.  Most people who come into contact with Clostridium difficile do not develop disease.  Being on long-term antibiotics [...]

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