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Juneau gets sneak preview of flu season

...already may have begun elsewhere in Alaska. "As soon as school starts, viruses start circulating again," said Dr. Beth Funk of Anchorage, a member of the infectious disease team in the state's epidemiology office. "We had a report from the...
Flu strikes 90 people in Southeast, state says

...seasons since the 1970s. "One thing I've learned is you never try to predict what influenza is going to do," said Beth Funk, medical epidemiologist with the Alaska Division of Public Health. "We have a very active flu season so far ... but...
State faces bioterrorism questions

...stockpile the drug could drain local supplies and endanger people dependent on antibiotics to fight infections, said Dr. Beth Funk, state medical epidemiologist. "We have people who are ill right now who need those antibiotics to return to health...
Inmates get TB tests a screening for TB. Officials say that requires testing of the jail's almost 130 inmates. State epidemiologist Beth Funk told The Anchorage Daily News that just because the two tests came back positive, that does not mean the two are actively...
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Smallpox shots to start in February

...Alaska will receive the vaccine from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said state epidemiologist Beth Funk. Four vaccination clinics one week apart are planned to begin Feb. 20, all in Anchorage. Vaccinations are planned...
Norwalk-like virus strikes Ketchikan

...said. State health officials began an investigation today into a cluster of possible Norwalk cases from Juneau, said Beth Funk, a state epidemiologist. Funk said it is too soon to know how many cases there may be in Juneau. On Monday, the Epidemiology...
Possible SARS patient flown from Skagway, hospitalized at Bartlett

...fever and a cough, and X-rays showed she had pneumonia, which are among the symptoms associated with SARS, said Dr. Beth Funk, the state medical epidemiologist. But there are many reasons people have those symptoms, she said. And the only reason...
Fairbanks swine flu victim likely had secondary infection

...Lung tissue samples taken during an autopsy showed a heavy infection consistent with bacterial pneumonia, said Dr. Beth Funk of the Alaska Division of Public Health. The boy's death was consistent with a recent Centers for Disease Control and...
North Slope sees spike in children's respiratory virus

...increase over previous years, Gonzalez said. "A lot of kids have been pretty severely affected by it," he said. Beth Funk, a state medical epidemiologist, said the state doesn't track RSV cases. Twelve children, most under the age of...
Officials report 125 flu cases in Alaska

...until late January. "We're more likely to see flu in December, and even more in January and February," said Dr. Beth Funk, state medical epidemiologist. As of Friday, no official cases of flu had been reported in Southeast Alaska, said...


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