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5 Tips for Avoiding Infectious Diseases Nov 16th, 2018

Wintertime is a great time to frolic in the snow, enjoy family on holiday vacations, and get sick. Between the cold, shivery temperatures that stress your immune system to drier air that prevents your nasal passages from producing protective mucus, winter brings extra opportunities for infectious diseases to make their...

Everything You Need to Know About Vaccinating Before Your Travels Oct 30th, 2018

Foreign travel is exciting — who doesn't love planning all the details for a trip to some exotic destination? But while you're mapping out your itinerary, shopping for your travel essentials, and checking reviews for the hotels and restaurants you'll be visiting, don't forget to protect your health. The fact...

Common Symptoms of Cellulitis That Shouldn't Be Ignored Sep 26th, 2018

If you work in an environment where accidents are more likely to occur, it’s important to take extra precautions, even with your personal hygiene. Work environments with lots of dirt, dust, grime, or the potential for fire increase the risk of an accident in which you’re wounded or burned. Bacteria,...

Tips for Preventing Hepatitis A and B Aug 16th, 2018

Both hepatitis A and B, liver diseases that can have detrimental consequences, are serious public health concerns for the United States and the world. From the severe flu-like symptoms associated with hepatitis A to the chronic liver failure that develops from hepatitis B, it’s important to know that you can...

When Should I Get Tested for STDs? Jul 24th, 2018

If you’re sexually active, you should be tested for STDs. After potential exposures, you may think it is best to get tested right away. But, there is actually a window period for STD testing. You can think of this window period as a waiting period, because once you’ve been exposed...

The New Shingles Vaccine: Why You Should Get It Jun 22nd, 2018

Are you thankful you have dodged the pain and long-term effects of shingles? Our team at the Infectious Diseases Tropical Medicine and Travel Clinic wants you to know that you don’t have to sit back and hope anymore. Shingrix, a new vaccine approved in October 2017, has been shown to...

Should You Be Tested for HIV? May 29th, 2018

On June 27, we observe National HIV Testing Day, which is a perfect time to raise awareness about getting tested for HIV. Having an HIV test is a smart move because early detection and treatment can lead to a longer, healthier life for people with HIV.The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)...

Six Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease Apr 20th, 2018

Warmer spring temperatures bring more than blossoming trees. It’s also a time when Lyme disease spikes, and each year, roughly 300,000 Americans are infected with the disease. Known for its characteristic bulls-eye rash, Lyme disease affects the central nervous system, causing you to feel tired, achy, and dizzy among other...

How to Prepare for Your Immigration Physical Feb 27th, 2018

How to Prepare for Your Immigration PhysicalCongratulations on your decision to seek permanent residency here in the United States. We know the process isn’t easy, sometimes taking years as you negotiate the many different requirements and the mountains of seemingly endless paperwork.But not every step needs to be a difficult...

What You Need to Know About Zika Jan 31st, 2018

Zika virus infection, transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, is caused by a flavivirus closely related to dengue, West Nile virus, and Japanese encephalitis. Infection is symptomatic in approximately 1 of 5 cases; when symptomatic, infection usually presents as an influenza-like syndrome and is often mistaken for dengue or chikungunya. Because of cross-reaction in...

How to Prevent the Spread of Hantavirus Jan 31st, 2018

Hantavirus, a rodent-borne disease, has been blamed for the deaths of three recent Yosemite Park visitors. Here are some precautions to help minimize the risk for the infection:Before occupying abandoned or unused cabins, open them up to air out.Inspect for rodents and do not use cabins if you find signs...

The Risks of Rabies Exposure Locally and Abroad Jan 31st, 2018

We know rabies is a risk when traveling internationally, but the recent local outbreak of rabies linked to beavers provides a cautionary tale to all area residents.Rabies is a viral disease usually transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers...

How to Stay Healthy and Avoid Measles While Traveling Abroad Jan 31st, 2018

It’s summer and you may have the opportunity to travel abroad, for vacation or even for the Olympics in London. Measles is still common in many parts of the world. If you travel abroad, you may be exposed to people with the disease. Measles can cause serious complications. Make sure...

West Nile Virus Outbreak Continues to Spread Jan 31st, 2018

It is West Nile virus season in North America. It has become a recurring epidemic throughout the U.S. and is spread by infected mosquitoes. It flares up in the summer and continues into the fall.West Nile virus first appeared in the United States in 1999. Since the original case was...

N.Y., L.A. and Washington Airports Most Dangerous for Pandemic Spread in U.S. Jan 31st, 2018

Airports in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington are most likely to play a major role in the spread of a pandemic, according to a new study.Recent global public health crises—such as the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic that killed about 300,000 worldwide—have increased awareness about how air travel can help...

Five Dangerous Vaccination Myths Jan 31st, 2018

Myth: Vaccines aren’t necessarySmall pox is the only disease that has been eradicated. Everything else is still out there. Some—like whooping cough and measles —continue to cause disease in the developed world. Others, such as polio, mainly occur in developing nations, but could be reintroduced anywhere, via international travel. Myth: Children...

Drug to Prevent HIV Infection Approved Jan 31st, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that can prevent HIV infections. Truvada was originally approved in 2004 to treat HIV, but this week the FDA said it could also be used to increase the odds of stopping the disease from developing.Every year, about 50,000 U.S. adults...

Staying Healthy on a Cruise Jan 31st, 2018

If you are planning a cruise vacation, or any overseas travel, be certain to come see us for a pre-travel consultation in plenty of time before your trip to discuss your specific travel plans. You don’t want to risk spoiling your trip with an unexpected illness.For additional information, read the...

The CDC Recommends All Baby Boomers Be Tested for Hepatitis C Jan 31st, 2018

On the eve of the first National Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all U.S. baby boomers get a one-time test for the hepatitis.According to the CDC, one in 30 baby boomers—those born from 1945 through 1965—has been infected with hepatitis C....

Spring is the Peak Time for Lyme Disease Jan 31st, 2018

The Loudoun County Health Department recently named May Lyme Disease Awareness Month. This bacterial infection, which is transmitted by ticks, is a huge problem in the county.More than 200 cases have been reported here every year since 2008, with 261 cases of the disease reported in 2011. This represents about...

CDC: U.S. Measles Cases Highest in 15 Years Jan 31st, 2018

The number of new measles cases and outbreaks soared last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unvaccinated people made up the majority of those affected.There were 222 cases of measles in the United States in 2011. According to the CDC, that’s the...

Dr. Choudhary Voted a Top Doctor in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2012 poll Jan 31st, 2018

In a survey of his peers, Dr. Choudhary was voted a Top Doctor in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2012 poll. More than 1,300 area physicians responded to the survey, which asked what doctor they would send a family member to in each of 40 specialties. (www.washingtonian.com/TopDoctors/)Dr. Choudhary also was named a 2012...

TB information for International Travelers Jan 31st, 2018

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. In most cases, TB is treatable and curable;...

Research Shows Wide-Scale Prevention of Flu Within Reach Jan 31st, 2018

An emerging class of long-lasting flu vaccines could do more than just save people the trouble of an annual flu shot.Princeton University-based researchers have found that the “universal” vaccine could for the first time allow for the effective, wide-scale prevention of flu by limiting the influenza virus’ ability to spread...

2011-2012 seasonal “FluView” report issued by CDC Jan 31st, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the initial “FluView” report for the U.S. 2011–2012 flu season with the message that flu activity is currently low, making this the perfect time to get vaccinated. There should be lots of vaccine available, because the supply is projected to set a U.S. record.“It...

MRSA: From a nosocomial pathogen to an omnipresent source of infection Jan 31st, 2018

In German hospitals, each year 132 000 patients contract infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). For more than a decade, different countries have reported an increasing incidence of MRSA infections in the general population (“community associated” [CA-] MRSA). In the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, Robin Köck from the...

Infectious Disease Clinic Launches New Website Jan 31st, 2018

The Infectious Disease Clinic has launched a new website to provide information to Washington Metropolitan area travelers. We provide the best travel medical/immunization services in the Washington Metropolitan area and our services are tailored with your convenience in mind. Whether you are traveling abroad and need of immunizations, preparing for...