Infection Prevention

December 11, 2018

Surviving Sepsis: Patient Returns to Say Thank You to Care Team One Year after Severe Sepsis

A little more than a year ago, Jana Watts, MD, found herself a patient in critical condition in her place of work. Jana walked into the Mission Hospital emergency room and was on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) less than twenty-four hours later suffering from sepsis. As her condition deteriorated, every tool […]

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November 19, 2018

Worried about Salmonella? Use Proper Cooking Techniques for Your Turkey

Rule No. 1 on Thanksgiving: don’t thaw your turkey on the counter! So, how do you thaw a turkey? Turkey is a staple on holiday menus like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter – it’s estimated that 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving each year. The CDC and its partners are investigating an outbreak of anti-drug […]

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November 8, 2018

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What to Know about the Rare Condition

By Chelsea Ragland, MD News headlines of a “polio-like illness” affecting children across the United States have many parents in western North Carolina worried. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare condition that results in weakness or paralysis in children, usually following a respiratory virus. While the particular virus in the current outbreak has not […]

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October 14, 2018

Clean Hands Save Lives – 5 Steps to Cleaner Hands (Infographic)

By Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of germs that you come in contact with on a daily basis just from touching common household or everyday objects? Think about how many times a day you touch your phone. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that […]

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October 5, 2018

Flu Season is Here, Get Your Flu Shot Now

Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February than […]

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October 1, 2018

Are You at Risk for Whooping Cough? Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis

by Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist With whooping cough recently in the news, you might wonder what it is and if you’re at risk for getting it. Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy. First off, what is whooping cough? Known clinically as pertussis, whooping cough is a disease that causes […]

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August 13, 2018

Zika: Pregnant and Planning a Trip? What to Know Before You Go

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina This time last year, talk of Zika was all over the news and social media. Based on the lack of coverage in the media today, you would think Zika is no longer a concern. But the risk of Zika infection for travelers, and its potentially devastating consequences for expectant […]

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August 10, 2018

Norovirus: What It Is and How to Prevent Giving and Getting It

By David Buhner, MD, Public Epidemiologist You may have heard recently about an outbreak of norovirus in Brevard, North Carolina impacting more than 200 people. It appears that the outbreak is now over with no new cases diagnosed within 48 hours since it ended; however, hand hygiene and protecting ourselves is still more important than ever. We […]

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June 22, 2018

Tick or Mosquito Bite? When to Seek Medical Care

By Steve North, MD, MPH There are so many things we love about summertime, but nowhere on that list is the return of all the bugs. Warmer weather means that mosquitoes and ticks are back in full force. Bug bites have always been a summer nuisance, but recently there is even greater concern about diseases […]

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April 4, 2018

Just How Bad Was Flu Season Last Year? A Look at the Numbers

This post was updated on October 11, 2018 Both here in western North Carolina and around the nation, the 2017-18 flu season rose to the level of an official epidemic. As the number of flu cases continued to rise throughout last winter, many schools saw unprecedented flu-related absences and, most unfortunately, our state experienced a […]

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