Flu Activity Remains Low: CDC

Flu activity remains low in the United States, possibly due to the mild temperatures that have blanketed much of the nation, federal health officials said Friday. But officials expect flu activity to pick up in the next few…

Flu activity remains low in the United States, possibly due to the mild temperatures that have blanketed much of the nation, federal health officials said Friday.
But officials expect flu activity to pick up in the next few…

Make the Diagnosis: Woodland Walk Goes Wrong

(MedPage Today) — A 28-year-old woman visiting friends in Connecticut went to urgent care with multiple skin lesions on her legs after taking a stroll in the woods the previous morning. She said that first her skin felt like it was burning, then painful erythematous lesions appeared, and then vesicles had formed. They had walked through a field of pretty wildflowers to take photos on the nice sunny day, but otherwise had stayed on the trail. The patient was certain she hadn’t come in contact with any poison ivy because she had been on the lookout for it.

Can you diagnose the patient?
Source: Dermatology

Make the Diagnosis: College Girl’s Scaly Skin Scare

(MedPage Today) — Case Findings: An 18-year-old international college student went to the campus health clinic a few weeks after arriving from India. Before she left home, she had noticed some small brown macules that were widespread, primarily on her trunk. They were very itchy, but leaving the heat of India had helped and otherwise they weren’t a problem. She hadn’t had time to get to a doctor for a diagnosis while she was preparing to leave for college. Now, the lesions had developed an annular configuration and a fine scaly plaque, and the itching was bothering her once again.

Can you diagnose the patient?
Source: Dermatology