Today’s health news headlines include:
- Enterovirus confirmed in Minnesota
- New hospital/clinic about to open in Thief River Falls
- What contagious diseases are the deadliest
An unusually harsh strain of enterovirus has been detected in Minnesota and linked to a buildup of children suffering breathing problems and clogging pediatric hospitals, the state health department reported Wednesday.
Lab tests confirmed that enterovirus D68 had infected at least one Minnesota child, who received hospital care for respiratory illness and is now recovering at home. The state is among at least 13 where the virus has spread. More than 130 illnesses, all involving children in the United States, have been linked to the virus, which is an unusual strain that is typically associated with summer colds. Read More…
A new $60 million, 136-square-foot hospital and clinic is close to opening in Thief River Falls.
The Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center, located along Minnesota Highway 32 on the south end of this Pennington County city of 8,600, includes a 25-bed critical access hospital, a clinic with more than 30 specialties, an emergency department/urgent care center, pharmacies, a rehabilitation department and more. Read More…
No one knows what the death toll in the Ebola epidemic will be. As of Tuesday, nearly 2,500 people have died and nearly 5,000 have caught the virus, the World Health Organization says.
So how does this epidemic compare with the toll taken by other contagious diseases? Read More…