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Halfway house battles bed bugs

...warning of the increased occurrences."When people get bed bug bites, they can be very itchy and uncomfortable," Joe McLaughlin, state epidemiologist, told the Empire in an interview. "But these bed bugs don't transmit infectious diseases...
Norovirus strikes cruise ship bound for Alaska

...particularly difficult to eradicate.Ill cruise ship passengers are nothing new for the industry or for Juneau, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, head of Alaska's epidemiology division."We do get seasonal outbreaks of norovirus every year," he said...
Free flu shots offered at Public Health

...that people can develop immunity before the holiday gatherings - a time when respiratory viruses are often spread," Joe McLaughlin, chief epidemiologist with the Alaska Division of Public Health, said in a news release.Those eligible for free...
Alaska at low risk for infection

...International Airport for infectious illnesses like tuberculosis and measles.The state's chief epidemiologist, Dr. Joe McLaughlin, said there is an isolation room and people at the station are skilled at identifying patients. He said health officials...
Doctors: Not enough Alaskans getting flu vaccines

...thousands of people in the United States alone who are hospitalized as a result of influenza infection," said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska state epidemiologist. "You don't get that with the common cold."This week, Alaska state health officials...
State to discuss Ebola preparedness

...on Alaska's Ebola preparedness plan.Gov. Sean Parnell, health commissioner Bill Streur, chief epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin and epidemiologist Michael Cooper will hold the news conference on Thursday in Anchorage.U.S. Sen. Mark Begich...
Norwalk-like virus strikes Ketchikan

...Norwalk-like virus, and state health officials are investigating possible cases in Juneau, officials said. Dr. Joe McLaughlin of the state Division of Public Health's Section of Epidemiology called on the public to report possible cases to...
Study finds diarrhea is a common climbing malady

...McKinley's Kahiltna Glacier base camp three years ago, according to a study published by Alaska epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin. Possible culprits, he said, include climbers leaving their waste in snow that's later used for drinking water...
Swine flu wanes, but officials expect a return

...swine flu was six weeks ago, but public health officials expect it to return later this year. State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin says the virus did not strike Alaska as hard as feared this winter. He credits the availability of antiviral medications...
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Northwest Digest avoid getting sick, a state health official said Tuesday. "Our hope is we're on the tail end of it," Dr. Joe McLaughlin, an epidemiologist with the Alaska Health and Social Services Department in Anchorage. As of Monday, 15 of the...


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