The media reports of a polio-like condition mostly impacting children sound pretty scary. But let's give acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM, some well-needed context.
west nile virus
If you couldn't tell from all of the joyous children running around, the summer has begun. Unfortunately, this also means that it's the start of West Nile Virus season. How much should we worry? To answer that let's examine three outcomes from a West Nile Virus infection, and someone's likelihood of getting each.
The FDA and CDC are expressing concerns about the potential for rising rates of transfusion-associated infections, with both agencies calling for more testing and precautions. Cash-strapped blood banks are not nearly so concerned.