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Legionnaire’s Disease

In regards to the recent Legionella pneumonia cases that were reported in Athens, on behalf of The Institute of Public Health of The American College of Greece and the George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB of the Hellenic Cancer Society, Professor Panagiotis Behrakis and Dr. Anna Tzortzi provided the following health information for the public regarding Legionnaire’s disease. For the Greek version of this article please click here.  What is Legionnaire’s disease?  A bacterium called Legionella that causes an acute respiratory infection and be found in freshwater environments or in other complex water systems such as: Water supply systems Water pipes...

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Beach safety tips- 2018

A great thing about the summer, is that it is filled with fun at the beach! Read the tips below and be safe at the beach this summer. Pay attention to environmental conditions! Check weather conditions before you swim. For example, a lot of wind means big waves and currents, while storm and lightning means there is a risk for electric shock. It is very dangerous to swim in these conditions and should be avoided. Is the beach tended to? Organized beaches are cleaned and cared for regularly making it a more safe and enjoyable environment. Are there lifeguards present...

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World Cancer Day – February 4th, 2018

What is Cancer? Cancer is a generic term for a group of diseases and can affect any body organ. Cancer arises from the interaction between genetic and environmental factors. Known environmental carcinogenic factors can be: Physical (ie. Ultraviolet radiation) Chemical (ie. Components of tobacco smoke) or Biological (ie. infections from viruses, bacteria or parasites) Presentation Cancer usually forms as a solid tumour (called a malignant tumour) which has the ability to invade other tissues and spread throughout the body (this is called metastasis). Symptoms Symptoms vary according to the system affected ie. cough, hoarseness, any skin changes or lumps, abdominal...

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Influenza (also known as the flu) is a highly contagious illness for all ages and is spread easily from person to person by coughing, sneezing, or touching contaminated surfaces. Flu Symptoms Fever (temperature higher than 37.8ºC) that lasts 2-5 days Headache and muscle aches Fatigue Cough and sore throat may also be present Flu symptoms usually improve in 2-5 days but can persist for up to a week or more. Most people with the flu recover within one to two weeks without treatment. Pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu virus. Prevention Getting vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza is the...

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The Facts Measles is a highly contagious disease transmitted through human-to-human contact but also in public spaces, even in the absence of person-to-person contact. Following exposure, approximately 90 percent of susceptible individuals will develop measles. Symptoms of measles include: Fever Feeling sick, like with a cold Loss of appetite Spots in the mouth – These can look like grains of salt. Red, runny eyes, extra sensitive to bright light Sneezing and coughing A sore throat A red rash that can form red patches and starts on the face and spreads to the body. The duration of the incubation period is...

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