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  • What is the West Nile Virus

    The West Nile virus was first isolated in 1937 in Uganda. It has always had a widespread area of distribution including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and parts of Europe. It had never been isolated in the United States before...

     
  • Yeast infections

    A yeast is a form of fungus; thus, the term “yeast” does not denote which organism is involved. Nevertheless, almost all of the time that someone refers to a “yeast infection”, they are talking about a candida species, most often candida...

     
  • What is Impetigo

    What is Impetigo Impetigo (imm-pet-eye-go) is an infection of the upper layer of the skin that is very common in younger children. Common bacteria usually cause impetigo. The most common is Strep, similar to the germ that causes Strep throat. Sometimes a germ called...

     
  • What is Balanitis?

    Balanitis is an infection or inflammation of the head of the penis. Posthitis is infection or inflammation of the shaft of the penis. They have similar causes and treatment, and they often happen at the same time, so we will...

     
  • Kidney infection

    Kidney infection

    What is a Kidney infection Kidney infection or pyelonephritis is a urinary tract infection that involves the upper urinary tract or the kidney. Kidney infections are caused by bacteria. Infections of the upper urinary tract or kidney are distinguished from a...

     
  • Vomiting

    Vomiting

    Vomiting is the forceful throwing up of stomach contents through the mouth. Spitting up (most commonly seen in infants under 1 year of age) is the easy flow of stomach contents out of the mouth, frequently with a burp. What...

     
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)

    Chickenpox (Varicella)

    What is the chickenpox? Chickenpox, or Varicella, is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Before the vaccine for chickenpox became available in 1995, it was one of the most common childhood diseases. Most children with chickenpox have...

     
  • Urinary tract infections

    Urinary tract infections

    Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most commonly diagnosed bacterial infections of childhood. Occurrence of a first-time UTI is highest for both boys and girls during the first year of life. During the first few months of life, UTIs...

     
  • Roseola

    Roseola

    What is roseola? Roseola, also called exanthema subitum or sixth disease, is a common contagious viral infection. Roseola is caused by the herpes virus 6 and 7. This is not the same herpes virus that causes cold sores or genital...

     
  • Preventing infection

    Preventing infection

    Why does my child get so many colds or other infections? This is a common question of parents, especially if their child is in day care. It is normal for young children to have six to eight upper respiratory tract...