Thursday, June 28, 2012

Proclamation "May 2012 is Asthma Awareness Month in the City of Mobile," signed by Mobile, Alabama Mayor Samuel L. Jones.


WHEREAS, Asthma has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting almost 25 million people; and 
WHEREAS, Asthma is one of the leading causes of childhood hospitalizations, long-term illness, and school absenteeism, accounting for nearly 10.5 million missed school days each year; and 
WHEREAS, Each year nearly 2 million people are rushed to the emergency room from asthma; and
WHEREAS, Asthma is a long-term, inflammatory disease in which the airways of the lungs constrict, causing wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing; and
WHEREAS, Exposure to allergens and irritants such as dust mites, mold, cockroaches, pet danger, and secondhand smoke can bring on an asthma episode; and 
WHEREAS, Secondhand smoke worsens children's asthma in up to one million children; and
WHEREAS, There are simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to environmental asthma triggers; and
WHEREAS, The City of Mobile and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are encouraging Americans to identify and reduce their exposures to environmental triggers in homes and schools, and incorporate environmental controls into their asthma management plans; now therefore let it be
RESOLVED, That I, Samuel L. Jones, Mayor of the City of Mobile, along with the Mobile City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2012 as


in the City of Mobile.
Done at the City of Mobile Alabama This 22nd day of May 2012,
Samuel L. Jones, Mayor

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  • Toxic Justice: Chapter One, visit  Toxic Justice Chapter 1 - Nancy Swan
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Diseases: Cryptococcus | CDC Healthy Pets Healthy People

Diseases: Cryptococcus | CDC Healthy Pets Healthy People

What is Cryptococcus infection (cryptococcosis)?
Cryptococcosis (Krip-toe-coc-o-sis) is a fungal disease caused by Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii. Most people do not get sick with cryptococcosis, but some people are more likely than others to get this disease. For these people, cryptococcosis can cause serious symptoms of lung, brain and spinal cord disease, such as headaches, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and night sweats.

Can animals transmit cryptococcosis to me?

Not directly. Cryptococcus neoformans is found in the droppings of wild birds (such as pigeons). When dried bird droppings are stirred up, this can make dust containing Cryptococcus neoformans go into the air. People can stir up this dust and then breathe it in . . .

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