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What you need to know

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

Zika is a word in an African language (Luganda) that means “Overgrown”. It was the name given to a small forest in Uganda. A virus that was first recognized in the Zika Forest in 1947 was given the name of the forest and is called, the “Zika Virus” 

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July 20, 2016


Confirmed Cases of Whooping Cough in Broward County: Officials Urge Vaccination

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

Florida Department of Health officials report five confirmed cases of whooping cough in Broward County this year; four of them within the past few of weeks. The latest cases include three adolescents and an infant. 

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March 17, 2015


Measles: 7 common symptoms, and 1 pretty sure way to avoid it

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

The measles virus is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing, and it is probably the most highly contagious infectious disease in humans. In fact, it’s possible for someone who is contagious to sneeze or cough inside a room, leave, and two hours later for someone else to enter that room and become infected.

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February 6, 2015


Brace Yourself, Flu Season Could Get Nasty

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

We may be in for a nasty flu season, and getting a flu shot may help, but not as much as was hoped. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that this year’s flu vaccine is less effective because among the flu viruses circulating this season, the most commonly detected virus has mutated.

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December 10, 2014


Chagas Disease: A Growing Problem in the U.S.

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP



Chagas is a devastating disease that can cause serious heart damage, even death. Once considered localized to Latin America, where it is endemic, the Centers for Disease Control now estimates 300,000 cases in the United States; however, experts think the numbers are probably much higher, and they warn of a potential public health threat to Americans.

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December 2, 2014


Drowning: One of the World’s Most Prolific "Silent Killers" of Children

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

Florida, with its sunny beaches and swimming pools, loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state, but drowning is a worldwide concern. On November 14, the World Health Organization posted its first Global report on drowning. It estimates that drowning kills 372,000 people each year and is among the top causes of death for children and young people around the world.

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November 17, 2014


Enterovirus 68: What You Need To Know

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

So far Florida has been spared. We are only one of seven states not yet affected by the deadly countrywide enterovirus outbreak. From mid-August to October 6, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or state public health laboratories have confirmed 594 cases from 43 states and the District of Columbia, including four deaths.

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Octorber 6, 2014


Chikungunya Mosquito
Chikungunya: It's Here! Nation's First Locally Acquired Cases Reported in South Florida

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

We knew it was only a matter of time. Florida health officials have confirmed the first cases of Chikungunya in South Floridians who had not recently traveled outside the country.

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July 21, 2014


Dengue Mosquito
First Locally Acquired Case of Dengue Fever in South Florida

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

Health officials have confirmed the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County. They say the 50-year-old woman was first diagnosed based on symptoms, and subsequent laboratory tests confirmed she had dengue. The woman has since fully recovered, but dengue can be fatal, even to otherwise young healthy people.

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July 11, 2014


Ebola: Why is it spreading? Where could it go next?

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

It is already the worst Ebola outbreak in history and it is growing. As of July 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports 844 cases, including 518 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. We have not seen this many casualties since this deadly virus was first recognized in 1976.

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July 10, 2014


Health Officials Warn of Whooping Cough Epidemic

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

An outbreak of whooping cough in California has reached "epidemic proportions." The California state public health department reports nearly 3,500 cases including one death in 2014, with more than 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone!

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June 25, 2014


CDC: Wake-up call for Vaccination; measles cases in U.S. hit 20-year high

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

Nearly 300 cases and climbing! That's the word from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which says we've seen more cases of measles so far this year than in the first five months of any year since 1994.

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December 2, 2014


Catching World Cup Fever: How to Minimize Your Health Risks at Soccer's Big Event

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

The World Cup 2014 poses specific health risks to travelers because of who will attend and where and when it will be held.

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May 30, 2014


Mosquito-Borne Disease "Chikungunya" Found in Florida

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

The Florida Department of Health says two South Florida women are among three cases of Chikungunya fever reported in Florida. The women, from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, and a third woman from Hillsborough County had recently traveled to the Caribbean where they acquired the infection.

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May 20, 2014


U.S. Measles Outbreak Could be Worst in Nearly Two Decades

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

2014 is poised to become the worst year for measles in the U.S. since 1996. As of May 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has registered 187 reported cases of measles nationwide, which is close to last year's total of 189.

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May 16, 2014


Deadly Virus Reaches U.S.

Aileen Marty, M.D., FACP

Health officials say a new and deadly respiratory virus, from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S. The virus, called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), causes a terrible pneumonia.  The early symptoms are fever, cough that produces secretions, and shortness of breath.

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May 5, 2014