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10:04 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Downstate horse dies of West Nile virus

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials have confirmed the West Nile Virus has been found in a northern Michigan horse and a mid-Michigan turkey flock. 

The state Agriculture and Community Health departments said Thursday an 8-year-old horse from Grand Traverse County tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus this month. It was euthanized after it didn't respond to treatment.

The disease affects humans and animals. Symptoms in horses include stumbling, tremors, facial paralysis, impaired vision and seizures.

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8:43 am
Wed August 27, 2014

State gets federal money for health center improvements

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Seven Michigan health care centers will split a federal award of nearly $1.7 million to support construction and facility improvements. 

The money will allow the centers to adopt a primary-care set-up using teams of medical professionals to treat all of a patient's health needs. That model is a focus of the nation's health care law.

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8:37 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Medical service bases chopper in Ontonagon

Credit aspiruskeweenaw.org

ONTONAGON, MI--   Aspirus MedEvac is expanding its medical transport services in the Upper Peninsula. 

The Wisconsin-based helicopter service will establish a new ground base near Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, including crew quarters and a new ambulance garage.  It will work collaboratively with the hospital, SONCO Ambulance, and local law enforcement to provide emergency transport services. 

In 2012 Aspirus MedEvac became the first and only Wisconsin service to provide 24-hour emergency air and ground medical transport for the critically ill in the U.P. 

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9:13 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Marquette County officials plan for possible Ebola scenario

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is establishing a plan to deal with the Ebola virus.  

Officials say no cases have been transmitted in the U.S. and the likelihood of the outbreak is spreading beyond West Africa is very low.  But Medical Director Terry Frankovich says the department needs to be prepared for any travelers to affected nations who were potentially exposed to the virus. 

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8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Scientists studying resurgence of pertussis

Credit blogs.cdc.gov

BURLINGTON, VT (AP)--   Scientists and public health officials are studying a Vermont whooping cough epidemic to determine if the current vaccine is less effective against a new strain sweeping the country. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Health Department are examining the records of 854 people, ages 4 to 19, who likely contracted whooping cough from late 2011 to early 2013.

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