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This week, Dr. Ruth Berggren answers questions about the virus' infection and mortality rates, antibody tests, and how to safely reopen San Antonio in the wake of COVID-19.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend daily life, news coverage is fast-paced and ever-changing. There isn't always enough time to address all listener concerns on air on "The Source," so we're teaming up with experts to get your questions answered.

A woman walks into a pharmacy to purchase N95 face masks in advance of the potential coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan on Feb. 27, 2020.
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The first case of COVID-19 in the United States not linked to travel or contact with someone known to have the virus has been confirmed in California. This is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned about last week, and again Tuesday: Community spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States. 


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

There is a plane headed for Texas from China. Onboard are Americans who are evacuating the city of Wuhan, ground zero for the novel coronavirus that is circing the globe. They are at risk of infection, and will be quarantined on Lackland Air Force Base for two weeks. If, after two weeks, they show no symptoms of the virus, they will be allowed to leave.

CDC | Robert Denty

This flu season has turned out to be a tough one for children. There have been twice as many pediatric flu deaths so far this season than at the same time last year. Eight of those have been in Texas

 


San Antonio Metro Health has confirmed someone at John Jay High School has tested positive for tuberculosis. The school sent a warning letter home with students on Wednesday letting them know about the illness and reassuring them that the infected person was no longer on campus. The individual is being treated and is in stable condition.

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Measles and mumps have shown up in Texas, and both are preventable if children get the MMR vaccine. But some doctors are concerned that people may be not be aware of the third illness included in the MMR vaccine acronym. The R stands for rubella, also known as German measles.

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Infectious diseases are disorders caused by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites, and they are on the rise. 


Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Updated Jan. 18.

While public health experts are working furiously to quell the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, researchers in San Antonio have made a discovery that might be a key to improving treatment.


CDC/ Holly Patrick, MS, MPH

Texas has reported the most cases nationwide of a mysterious polio-like illness in 2018.

The Department of State Health Services said there were 27 cases of acute flaccid myelitis throughout the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Ohio had the next highest number of cases with 12.


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