Mo. Health Officials to Conduct Zika Testing FasterThe Missouri State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City has just been designated as a Zika virus testing lab.
Water System Blamed in Fatal Legionnaire's Disease OutbreakA summer Legionnaire's disease outbreak that killed 12 residents of an Illinois state veterans home and sickened dozens more was likely spread by an aging water system at a 129-year-old facility that lacked several safeguards.
UPDATED: Nurse Found Ebola-Free in Preliminary TestsSamples are also with the Centers for Disease Control.
Local Hospitals Now Have New, Tougher Ebola Care GuidelinesThe revised recommendations include protective covering from head to toe and the use of a site manager to supervise the donning and removal of protective gear.
CDC Report Finds Prevalence of Fatal Flu in Low-Risk ChildrenThe Centers for Disease Control has found that over the past eight flu seasons, almost half of the kids who have died from the flu were otherwise healthy.
Flu Shots Available in St. Louis Beginning Today"All of us older than six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza this year and every year," infectious diseases specialist Dr. William Schaffner said.
Millions Receiving Antibiotic-Resistant Illnesses"Antibiotics, when they're used appropriately, are life-saving drugs but when they're used inappropriately that's when we run into the problems," SLU physician Nirav Patel says.
CDC: 64 Percent of Mo. Toddlers Fully VaccinatedMissouri is above the national average for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine as well as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A vaccines.
Measles Outbreaks Worry Health OfficialsNew numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show there are more cases of measles this year in the United States than any other year since 1996.
CDC: Alcohol Abuse Costs Missouri, Illinois BillionsThe costs are added up from loss of workplace productivity, health care expenses, and other costs associated with drinking. 80,000 Americans die every year from drinking too much.
Teen Pregnancy Dropped in Missouri, IllinoisThe overall teen birth rate in Missouri and Illinois fell between 20 to 29 percent, right at the national average of 25 percent.
Attorney Warns of High Hospital Infection RatesMary Coffey argues that such infections would be more preventable if hospitals were forced to publish transparent, timely data on their infection rates.

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