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October 19, 2014: Interesting my first news appearances started in DC in 1999. Now via Skype, I appear in DC again! : On FOXdc, we discuss what concerns we should have about Ebola. The Ebola virus is here in the USA, and it is important to prevent it from becoming an epidemic. 

August 26, 2014: Tapeworms! YouTube Link I believe Mrs. Baker, my 7th grade life science teacher, introduced me to tapeworms. If my memory serves me correctly, she said some “diet pills” had tapeworms. Ewww, what a way to lose weight! As a guest on HLN today, we discuss tapeworms because a beauty pageant mom secretly gave her daughter “diet pills” that infected her with tapeworms.

June 1, 2014: Bell's Palsy is a strange, acute neurological illness that makes either the right or left side of the face to become weakened or paralyzed. Recovery can be very tough for some. Bell's Palsy can occur in 13-34 people every year per 100,000 (the size of Cape May County). Learn more about it.

April 22, 2014: 2 videos for you! I made my debut on prime time network news with Nancy Grace a couple of weeks ago. I joined her show again tonight. The first video pertains to anabolic steroids and to a Facebook video of a child beating. The 2nd video is about dog bites in children.

March 30, 2014: Norovirus! I hate vomiting! And I definitely don't want to get sick on a cruise, and I go on cruises almost every year. Norovirus is pretty well known cause of gastroenteritis (infection of the gut to cause vomiting and diarrhea) because of the news... coverage on this virus. Cruise ships that have been on the news for Norovirus this year include: Holland America’s Veendam (CNN 2/23/14) – which is a bummer because we cruise on HAL all the time – Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas (CNN 1/31/14) and Princess’ Caribbean Princess (CNN 1/31/14)

March 16, 2014: Cancer. Scary disease - so scary many people can only call it, "The Big C." I have learned quite a few people don't really know what cancer is, so let's talk about it in, "What's That, Dr. Hong?"

March 9, 2014: Mumps! I have never seen anyone with the mumps before - the disease that can cause the cheeks to swell badly (and worse cases can cause the testicles to swell, cause deafness, or meningitis). I've started a new video blog, "What's That, Dr. Hong?" Yes, I need a jingle and some other things, but all in good time.


Ebola

DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG
On FOXdc, we discuss what concerns we should have about Ebola. The Ebola virus is here in the USA, and it is important to prevent it from becoming an epidemic. There have been outbreaks for more than 40 years due to this type of virus, but there has never been a transmitted case of Ebola on US soil until this September of 2014.

First of all, what is Ebola? It is a virus that invades many parts of the body, especially part of the immune system can make patients go into shock with low blood pressure, fever, bleeding, and malaise (i.e. feeling horrible like one does with the flu).

How is it transmitted? #1 is person to person: direct contact of broken skin or with mucous membranes (mouth, nose, and eyes). So if a person has the virus on his/her hand and touches the eye, nose, or mouth, that person can become infected with Ebola. The virus lives in blood, feces, vomit, urine, semen, and breast milk. It has been found in sweat, tears, and saliva. #2 is through contaminated needles, scalpels, syringes can transmit Ebola. #3 is a harder way to catch Ebola: via contaminated objects. For example vomit on the floor or blood on the table probably is still a threat after 24 hours. Ebola in the lab has been found up to 6 days on a surface, but we do not know if the virus is still infective. #4 aerosolized to the mucosal membrane. Transmission of Ebola this way is a very low risk. #5 in the US is extremely unlikely: eating food with Ebola virus is a mode of transmission … only mammals carry Ebola (ie monkeys, apes, humans, bats).

Symptoms: incubation period is 2 to 21 days, but on average 8 to12 days. A person is not contagious until symptoms start. Fever comes first, usually going up to 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit though we have seen on the news temps down in the 99 to 100 degree range were first symptoms. Flu like symptoms of fevers, chills, muscle aches, weakness, loss of appetite, feeling horrible, headache, and perhaps a sore throat that feels like there is a lump in the throat. Several days later, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea usually develops. Hemorrhaging usually does not occur until the latest part of the disease course: nose bleeds, gum bleeds, blood in stool, etc. Some people get a rash all over the body around day 5 of disease.

Prevention: Good hand washing hygiene is very important. Alcohol based hand sanitizers have been recommended. And as with preventing catching the cold or flu, avoidance of contact with the eyes, nose, mouth (basically the face) can reduce the risk of Ebola infection. EPA has a list of cleansers to kill Ebola contaminated objects. Of course, avoiding contact with a person with Ebola is strongly recommended.

For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
© Dr. John Hong 10/19/14

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