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Respiratory Illness, Dog Bites Top Concerns For Travelers To China

Beijing-bound Olympic travelers should worry less about exotic diseases, and instead focus on preventing more mundane health problems like respiratory illness and dog bites. A new study by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network found that, during the past 10 years, dog bites were actually one of the more common health problems travelers face when visiting China. Other common ailments were respiratory infections, skin problems, injuries, and diarrhea.

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New Jersey Residents Should Avoid Health Dangers Of Extreme Heat

With the season's first heat wave expected to arrive this weekend, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services urges residents to take steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and heat exhaustion can also require hospital care," said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. "When the weather turns extremely hot and humid, it's vital to drink plenty of fluids, spend time in cool places and reduce or reschedule any physical activity.

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Avoiding Heat Illness During Flood Response

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable. As sandbagging and other flood-related labor continue over the next several weeks, it is important for workers to protect their health. "Even young and healthy individuals can have problems with heat exhaustion if they are doing strenuous physical work," said Iowa Department of Public Health Director Tom Newton. "Individuals may be so caught up in sandbagging or other flood work that they forget to take care of themselves."

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