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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...
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...
Two swine flu deaths reported in Fairbanks release for each flu-related death but will update its Web site each Wednesday. State epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said flu kills about 80 people a year in Alaska. McLaughlin says health care professionals are seeing an unusual...
State's first swine flu case confirmed in Fairbanks

...under way trying to determine how she contracted the virus and whether she may have infected anyone else, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, a state epidemiologist. State health officials now expect other cases in Alaska to appear. An earlier case in...


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