How to make sure your family gets all the zoster photos it needs to keep the disease at bay
Health officials say they’re struggling to keep up with the number of patients in need of urgent care and treatment at hospitals across the nation.
A recent surge in zoster infections has led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to consider expanding the number and scope of emergency room visits, according to officials.
In its latest quarterly report on emergency room admissions, the agency found that more than 14 million patients were treated in July, a jump of more than 40 percent from the year before.
The number of zoster patients rose 5.2 percent to 1.7 million in July from 1.6 million in June, according, to the CDC.
The agency’s Zoster Watch program is working to educate patients about the potential complications of Zoster, which has spread rapidly over the past year.
Zoster is a blood-borne infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 that is spread through the saliva of someone who has an infected partner.
Zostromes is an autoimmune disease that results from damage to the immune system caused by exposure to a virus that is produced by the immune cells of a person’s body.
There are no known vaccines or treatments for zoster, though some people have tried to treat the virus by taking drugs that suppress its activity.
The zoster virus has spread globally and has infected more than 1.4 million people, killing more than 2,500 people and infecting more than 13,000 others.
More than 40 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to limit the number who can get in and out of the emergency rooms.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a program to provide more than 600,000 outpatient beds to help the nation cope with the influx of patients, according the agency.
Zoloft, which is used to treat anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, has also become popular among the elderly.
It is used for anxiety and depression in adults and children, and has been linked to a higher risk of death.
People with other psychiatric disorders are also being urged to take it.