Why did Gunnison escape the pandemic in 1918?

Brief by Allen Best

Public Health – October 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

As public health officials plan for the potential spread of avian flu, they continually study the public record from 1918, when in short order Spanish flu killed far more people than all of the horrors of World War I.

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Plague and Hantavirus

Brief by Central Staff

Public Health – June 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

This isn’t a good year to have rodents around. Squirrels in Denver have been killed by the plague, and an Alamosa woman was killed by hantavirus. Both diseases are spread by rodents.

On May 7, the Alamosa County Nursing Service announced the 28-year-old woman’s death, but did not provide many details, such as her name, the date of her death, or how she became infected.

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The Crud That’s Going Around

Brief by Skye Ridley

Public Health – February 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine

It seems like everybody gets sick this time of year; do you know anyone who hasn’t? We call it either a cold or “that crud that’s going around.” But most of us aren’t really sure what we have, and it seems like everyone has different symptoms.

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West Nile struggle resumes

Brief by Central Staff

Public Health – July 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

It’s summer time, and once again, there’s a hazard: West Nile Virus. It is carried by the Culex tarsalis mosquito, which feeds around dusk and dawn, and lives in standing water.

Already, one infected mosquito has been found in Chaffee County. Last year, seven Chaffee residents caught West Nile, and the Colorado Department of Health fears that this year could be worse than 2003, when 63 Coloradans died from the virus.

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Flu outbreak closes schools in Fairplay

Brief by Central Staff

Public health – January 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

In Central Colorado, the usual winter infection — fever, sniffles, aches, nausea — is generally called something like “the crud that’s going around.”

But it’s worse than usual this year. Colorado is one of the states most affected by the Fujian strain of influenza. As of our deadline, there were 6,306 confirmed cases — more than 2001 and 2002 combined — and at least eight children had died.

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